Indians 7, White Sox 3

Mitch Talbot pitched more like a Cy Young winner than the actual

Cy Young winner.

The Cleveland Indians’ right-hander quickly and efficiently

outpitched Jake Peavy, a former NL winner of the award, in a 7-3

win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

“He struck out like 10 guys in the first three or four

innings,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

It only seemed that way.

Talbot (6-3) fanned only four over seven innings, but won for

the third time in four starts.

“He was fantastic,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “That’s

what makes baseball such a great game. On any given day a guy like

Mitch can beat a guy like Peavy. Mitch deserves all the

credit.”

Cleveland’s offense contributed early for change, too. The

Indians had been outscored 120-85 over the first five innings this

season before staking Talbot to a 6-0 lead.

Jason Donald and Shin-Soo Choo each homered in a three-run third

inning off Peavy (3-4). They added a three-run sixth off the

right-hander, who won the award in 2007 with the San Diego

Padres.

“I had two innings that cost us the ballgame,” Peavy said.

Talbot allowed two runs and six hits to rebound from his worst

start of the season, when he gave up eight hits and six runs over

six innings in a 9-3 loss to Kansas City on Thursday.

“It’s fun to match up with Peavy because he works so quick,”

Talbot said. “I like to work fast. It’s a fun challenge. He keeps

me in rhythm.”

Acquired from Tampa Bay in December in a trade for veteran

catcher Kelly Shoppach, Talbot took a two-hit shutout into the

seventh Tuesday before giving up four doubles.

Alexei Ramirez doubled and scored on a one-out double by Andruw

Jones. Mark Kotsay followed with an RBI double into the right-field

corner, but was thrown out trying for third. He would have scored

easily on Carlos Quentin’s double off the left-field wall.

Talbot stranded Quentin at second by getting Mark Teahen to

ground out to first. Teahen had three hits and three RBIs in

Chicago’s 7-2 win Monday night.

Peavy gave up eight hits and six runs over six innings for his

second consecutive start. After winning his first three starts in

May, the 28-year-old also gave up eight hits and six runs in a 6-5

loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

“I didn’t have very good stuff at all,” Peavy said. “Nothing

was sharp. When you’re not sharp, you better be good with location.

That pitch Donald hit out stayed right down the middle, no life.

The pitch Choo hit out was a breaking ball. Everything was

flat.”

Peavy allowed two homers in a game for the third time. Last

season, he never gave up more than one in a game.

Guillen said he doesn’t know why Peavy has been so

inconsistent.

“He’s been up and down,” Guillen said. “He’s been throwing

the ball well. Today he had a very, very tough time.”

Ramirez had an RBI double off Cleveland reliever Chris Perez in

the eighth to make it 6-3, but Cleveland restored its four-run lead

in the bottom half on a suicide squeeze bunt by Luis Valbuena.

Austin Kearns singled, went to third on a one-out single by Jhonny

Peralta and took off for home on a pitch by reliever Scott

Linebrink that Valbuena put into play with a bunt for the RBI.

“That was the right situation for us,” Acta said. “We wanted

to get that run.”

Donald opened the Indians’ third with his first career homer.

One out later, Choo hit his seventh of the season. Travis Hafner

followed with a ground-rule double. He scored on Russell Branyan’s

two-out single to make it 3-0.

Hafner extended his hitting streak to 12 games after taking a

one-game rest on Monday night against Chicago left-hander John

Danks.

Cleveland made it 6-0 in the sixth. Peralta had an RBI double

and scored on Valbuena’s sacrifice fly fielded in foul territory by

rightfielder Jones. Lou Marson added a sacrifice fly.

NOTES: The Indians still do not have an update on OF Grady

Sizemore, out since May 19 with a bruised left knee. Sizemore is

visiting doctors in Colorado and New York to get second and third

opinions on the best method of treatment. … Cleveland rescheduled

a May 7 rainout with Detroit as a 1:05 p.m. game July 17, creating

a day-night doubleheader with the regular game with the Tigers set

for 7:05 p.m. … OF Mark Kotsay had three hits including two of

Chicago’s season-high six doubles. … Pierre and Teahen both had

seven-game hitting streaks snapped. … Hafner has hit .393 (24 of

61) over his last 17 games. … Cleveland is 6-2 against the White

Sox this season.