American League Game Summary - Chicago at Cleveland
(Saturday, July 12)
Final Score: Chicago 6, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jose Abreu clubbed his major league-
leading 29th homer of the season, a two-run shot that set the tone for the
Chicago White Sox's 6-2 decision over the Cleveland Indians.
Gordon Beckham added a two-run double and Scott Carroll tossed five scoreless
innings before exiting with a back injury to help the White Sox halt a three-
game losing streak.
"I tried to do my best to stay out there as long as I could," Carroll said.
Prior to his departure, Carroll (4-5) held the Indians to a pair of singles
and a walk in the 29-year-old rookie's second straight impressive start on the
road. He yielded just one hit over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to best Boston in
Fenway Park on Monday.
Cleveland's Zach McAllister (3-5), making his first major league start since
May 21, also pitched well despite being hung with the loss. The right-hander
was reached for three runs on only four hits over seven solid frames.
"I felt like I got in a good groove," McAllister said. "I made a couple bad
pitches that really hurt me."
Michael Brantley had a solo homer for the Indians and Jason Kipnis went 1-
for-3 with an RBI in defeat.
McAllister, called up earlier in the day to fill-in for an injured Justin
Masterson, set down nine of the first 10 Chicago hitters before issuing a
leadoff walk to Alexei Ramirez in the fourth. His next pitch wound up in the
Chicago bullpen courtesy of Abreu, who launched a slider the other way to
break a scoreless deadlock on the White Sox' initial hit of the day.
The Cleveland hurler didn't surrender another hit until Alejandro De Aza and
Moises Sierra came through with consecutive singles to begin the sixth.
McAllister got Abreu to bounce into a double play this time, but Adam Dunn
followed with a single off the right-field wall that plated De Aza for a 3-0
Carroll, meanwhile, began his stint with two perfect innings and stranded two
Indians in both the third and fourth. Zach Putnam kept the shutout bid going
upon taking over in the sixth, but got into a bases-loaded jam after giving up
three singles an inning later.
Javy Guerra then entered and walked Kipnis to put Cleveland on the board,
though he prevented further damage with an inning-ending strikeout of Asdrubal
Brantley got the Tribe within one with a leadoff homer off Eric Surkamp in the
eighth. Cleveland didn't get another runner on the rest of the way, however,
and the White Sox put the contest out of reach with a three-run ninth.
Austin Adams, making his major league debut for the Indians, was greeted by a
Dayan Viciedo single and a Conor Gillaspie double to start the top of the
ninth. Beckham brought them both home with a double into the left-field corner
and later crossed the plate on Leury Garcia's sacrifice fly.
Ramirez appeared to hurt his back while attempting to field a ground ball in
the third inning and was removed in favor of Sierra after walking in the
fourth ... The White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak against AL Central
teams and won for only the third time in their last 14 visits to Progressive
Field .. Brantley's homer extended his hitting streak to nine games ...
Beckham's ninth-inning double ended a 1-for-32 stretch for the Chicago second
baseman ... White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton (wrist/ankle) and Cleveland's
Chris Dickerson (hamstring) both sat out the game.
07/12 21:54:00 ET
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