Tribe Salvage Series Split; Indians 7, White Sox 3
By Mike Brandyberry
The Cleveland Indians jumped out to an early lead and put the Chicago White Sox away late, winning 7-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Tribe used some faces that haven’t had huge roles much of the season to earn the victory.
Lonnie Chisenhall and Luis Valbuena each singled in the top of the second inning to set the table for a run scoring single by Trevor Crowe. Crowe singled home Chisenhall, then Lou Marson doubled to deep center to score Valbuena and Crowe, giving the Indians an early 3-0 lead.
Chicago would battle back with two runs in the third, scoring each on fielder’s choices by Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez, cutting the lead to 3-2. It would be all Ubaldo Jimenez would allow today though. Jimenez allowed the two runs, on only three hits in six innings. It was another outing however, where Jimenez lacked command of his pitches. Jimenez walked five and threw 105 pitches in only six innings.
Valbuena helped widen the lead in the sixth inning with a home run. Valbuena and Crowe had three hits a piece and Chisenhall and Jason Donald each helped the offense with a pair.
Donald’s infield single in the eighth scored Chisenhall before Carlos Santana doubled to right field to score two more, giving the Indians a 7-2 lead. Chad Durbin would allow a run in the ninth, but the Indians had their victory, 7-3.
The victory also gets the Indians back to .500 mark at 72-72 for the season and a split in the four game series with the White Sox. The Indians have their final off day of the season on Monday, traveling to Texas for a three game series. Justin Masterson will match up with Matt Harrison in the first game, starting at 8:05 on Tuesday.
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