Tribe Snaps Skid; Indians 8, White Sox 4
By Mike Brandyberry
Lonnie Chisenhall is already making the most of his increased playing time in September as he hit two, two-run homers to help the Indians snap their four game losing streak and defeat the Chicago White Sox, 8-4.
Chisenhall, who had been reduced to a minor role in August, regained his starting position when Jack Hannahan was injured. Chisenhall has even been playing against left-handed pitchers, something he had not previously done.
The Indians jumped on top early when Shelley Duncan singled and Chisenhall hit his fifth home run of the year, to right field, to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead. Chicago would strike back in the bottom of the third when Gordon Beckham singled and Juan Pierre doubled him home. After a sacrifice fly by Alexei Ramirez to move Pierre to third, Paul Konerko hit a sacrifice fly to score him and tie the game.
Cleveland blew the game open in the top of the sixth when Chisenhall hit his second, two-run homer. Lou Marson followed with a single, Trevor Crowe walked and Ezequiel Carrera singled down the line to score Marson. Kosuke Fukudome singled, scoring both Crowe and Carrera and the Indians had a 7-2 lead.
Jeanmar Gomez continued to give the Indians thoughts of a 2012 spot in rotation by pitching six solid innings. Gomez allowed six hits, two earned runs and three strikeouts on only 91 pitches. Gomez made a diving play off the mound to record his final out before leaving the contest.
Carrera doubled home Crowe in the eighth to give the Indians their final run. Joe Smith relieved Gomez in the seventh, but allowed a run in the eighth and Nick Hagadone gave up an unearned run in the ninth, but the Tribe held on and their four game losing streak was snapped.
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