White Sox 5, Indians 3(10)
Alex Rios wasn’t seeking revenge against Cleveland closer Chris
He got it anyway.
Rios tripled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the
Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Tuesday night.
On May 3, Perez retired Rios for the final out of a 7-5 win in
Chicago and the excitable closer started pumping his fist and
yelling. Rios took exception to it, thinking it was directed at
After delivering to help Chicago win for only the second time in
eight games, Rios said it was no big deal.
”It was just part of baseball,” Rios said. ”I was just trying
to hit the ball hard somewhere and it worked out pretty good.”
Perez (0-1) was peeved at losing. Asked if he was surprised by
his outing, the normally genial reliever shot back,
”That’s a stupid question. This is baseball. I was never going
to give up another run again? Come on.
”It’s baseball. I gave up two hits. We lost, It stinks,
especially after we battled back. What are you going to do?”
The right-hander yielded a leadoff single to Paul Konerko, who
was replaced by pinch runner Brent Lillibridge. After A.J.
Pierzynski fouled out, Rios lined a ball over the head of second
baseman Jason Kipnis that rolled all the way to the wall in
right-center as Lillibridge easily scored.
”We didn’t say any words today,” Perez said. ”I just made a
bad pitch and he did what he’s supposed to do – hit it in the
Rios scored on a fielder’s choice, beating a throw home from
Kipnis, who fielded a ground ball hit by Alexei Ramirez.
Hector Santiago (1-1) pitched the ninth for his first career win
and Addison Reed worked a perfect 10th for his second save – after
new closer Chris Sale blew a 3-0 lead in the eighth.
”These guys didn’t fold,” manager Robin Ventura said. ”They
battled and did just a great job. That was a well-struck ball by
Rios was in a 3 for 18 skid until getting two singles off
starter Justin Masterson – and his second career triple off Perez.
He also hit a walkoff grand slam off Cleveland’s closer Sept.
Perez allowed only one run over his previous 13 outings.
Carlos Santana’s two-run single off Sale tied it at 3. Until
then, Cleveland had been shut out on four hits by John Danks, who
bounced back from consecutive poor starts to pitch well.
Danks left after yielding singles to Casey Kotchman and Jack
Hannahan to open the eighth. Hannahan’s ball fell just in front of
left fielder Dayan Viciedo, who pulled up near the foul line.
Sale got Johnny Damon to hit a slow roller to shortstop Ramirez,
who booted it for an error, loading the bases.
Kipnis grounded out to first, scoring Kotchman and Asdrubal
Cabrera walked, reloading the bases. Santana then lined a ball
right past Sale and into center field to tie it.
It was Sale’s first outing since beating Cleveland 7-2 as a
starter May 1. A reliever last year, he went 3-1 in five
”I was mentally and physically ready to go, even though I
hadn’t been out there for a while,” Sale said. ”I feel bad for
Johnny. We rode in together and he was pumped, saying `I’m better
than that, I can beat that team.’ I let him down.”
Indians starter Justin Masterson made 27 pitches in the first
inning, allowing five hits and falling behind 2-0.
One run scored on a groundout by Paul Konerko and A.J.
Pierzynski added an RBI single.
Cleveland put a runner on third with no outs in the seventh, but
Danks quickly got out of it.
Masterson struggled to throw strikes, but kept Cleveland in the
game. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs over six
innings, walking five.
Pierzynski’s bases-loaded RBI groundout made it 3-0 in the
seventh off reliever Dan Wheeler.
NOTES: Ramirez went 0 for 5 and is in a 3 for 24 slump. …
Cleveland LHP Nick Hagadone struck out the side in the ninth, one
day after earning his first career save. … When Hagadone and Tony
Sipp saved both ends of a doubleheader Monday, it was the first
time since the save became an official statistic in 1969 that two
different Cleveland lefties did it in a twinbill. … In the first
game, LHP Jose Quintana worked 5 2-3 scoreless innings, the longest
scoreless stretch by a White Sox pitcher in his major-league debut
since Jack McDowell’s seven scoreless in 1987.