White Sox score 4 in 9th to beat Indians
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Melky Cabrera's RBI hit capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.
"I went to the home plate trying to put the ball in play and thank God I can do it," Cabrera said through an interpreter.
The White Sox rally came only after they struggled to solve Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer, who had seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings while giving up four hits and two walks.
Chicago put a runner on base against Nick Hagadone in the eighth, but left him there.
In the ninth, Avisail Garcia stroked a one-out double off Indians closer Cody Allen (0-2) to spark the offense. After Conor Gillaspie walked, both runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored when Alexei Ramirez drove a second-pitch fastball to the base of the center field wall for a two-run double.
Ramirez went to third on a hit by Tyler Flowers and scored on Gordon Beckham's single through the left side of the infield to tie the score.
The Indians stuck with Allen and Cabrera made them pay, driving a 95 mph fastball on the seventh pitch of his at-bat close to the warning track in left-center field where no one could reach it.
"Left some balls up. Got a little predictable," Allen said.
The win kicked off a seven-game homestand for the White Sox, who came in having lost three of their previous four.
Chicago starter John Danks went six innings and gave up six hits, including solo homers to Ryan Raburn and Brett Hayes.
Raburn reached base three times for the Indians, who have lost seven of their last nine.
He led off the second inning with his first homer of the season, driving Danks' ninth pitch of the at-bat into the left-field seats.
It was his 75th career home run -- and 18th against the White Sox.
In the third, Mike Aviles drew a two-out walk and scored on Michael Brantley's double to the right-field wall. Hayes then homered off the top of the left- field wall leading off the fifth inning, his first of the season, to give the Indians a 3-0 lead.
David Robertson (1-0) had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning to get the win ... Monday's starters faced off last Wednesday in a 4-2 Indians victory. Bauer pitched six innings for the win and Danks gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings ... The teams split a two-game series in Cleveland last week ... The White Sox promoted top pitching prospect Carlos Rodon from Triple-A Charlotte on Monday ... The Indians won a replay challenge in the third inning that netted them a double play after umpires ruled Cabrera didn't beat the throw to first base.