"Any night they come in for more than three innings is big," Sale
said. "And they come in and cover six. That just shows the kind of
strides they've made through the year and how well they've done."
Second baseman Gordon Beckham's fifth-inning solo home run gave the
Chicago White Sox the winning margin.
The threat of rain forced a 41-minute delay at the start, and a
downpour prompted a 1-hour, 58-minute stoppage after three innings.
The win was the second straight for the White Sox, while the Indians
dropped their third in a row.
Right-hander Scott Carroll (2-3) earned the win after working the
three innings while allowing five hits but no runs.
"(Carroll) did good, he didn't get behind and start walking guys and
put himself in trouble," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura.
White Sox right-hander Ronald Belisario worked a one-two-three ninth
for his third save.
"Three-up, three down, you can't ask for more than that," Sale said.
Indians starter Justin Masterson (2-4) took the loss. He gave up one
run in three innings before exiting during the long delay.
"Masty had thrown a lot of pitches but he managed to get out of
there with just the one -- and that was actually a really good
pitch," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "That was encouraging
because their guy also had to come out of the game. And the way he
was throwing, you feel okay about it.
"Once he left we had some opportunities, we just couldn't get the
Trailing 2-0, Cleveland put runners on first and third with no outs
in the seventh, prompting the White Sox to replace left-hander Scott
Downs with right-hander Jake Petricka.
Third baseman Mike Aviles grounded into a fielder's choice to short,
scoring first baseman Lonnie Chisenhall from third to trim Chicago's
lead to 2-1. However, Aviles was then caught stealing, and Petricka
struck out second baseman Justin Sellars to avoid any more damage.
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Indians center fielder Mike Bourn robbed designated hitter Paul
Konerko of a potential two-run homer in the eighth. Bourn leaped
above the padding to haul in the drive.
Sale made his second start since spending more than a month on the
disabled list with a sore left arm. He pitched three hitless,
scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four.
Chicago opened the scoring in the third as steady rain started
falling. Center fielder Adam Eaton singled, went to second on a wild
pitch, took third on a fielder's choice and scored on third baseman
Conor Gillaspie's line-drive single to center.
NOTES: The Indians made five roster moves prior to Tuesday's game.
They placed C/INF Carlos Santana on the seven-day disabled list
(concussion-like symptoms) and INF Nick Swisher on the 15-day
disabled list (left knee hyperextension). The Indians also
designated RHP Blake Wood for assignment, recalled INF Jesus Aguilar
from Triple-A Columbus and selected the contract of C George
Kottaras from Columbus. ... Indians 2B Jason Kipnis is scheduled to
be activated Wednesday after a stay on the disabled list with a
strained right oblique. ... The Indians send LHP T.J. House (0-1,
6.43 ERA) against White Sox RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 6.82 ERA) in
Wednesday's series finale. ... White Sox LHP Chris Sale entered
Tuesday's game with one hit and 10 strikeouts in each of his last
two starts and a 0.66 ERA. He came off the disabled list last
Thursday, sidelined from April 18-May 22 with a flexor muscle strain
in his left arm. ... 1B Adam Dunn entered Tuesday needing one homer
to tie Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero (449) for 36th place
all-time. A first-inning walk tied Dunn with Edgar Martinez (1,283)
for 44th place all-time.
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