Eaton and Abreu Haunt Tribe; White Sox 3, Indians 2

A pair of outstanding offseason acquisitions continued to pay big dividends for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday evening, as both Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu used big games to help the ChiSox defeat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 3-2.

The Indians got a solid start from their best pitcher, Corey Kluber, but there was not enough offensive support to give their ace his 14th victory of the season. The Tribe hitters were held mostly in check by White Sox starter Hector Noesi, who was able to work seven strong innings for the victory. The Indians drop their record to 67-64 for the 2014 season.

The Tribe got on the board in the top of the third inning even after Noesi was able to retire the first two batters of the frame. With two outs and nobody on, Roberto Perez slashed a double down the right field line and then came home to score on an RBI single to centerfield by Michael Bourn. Bourn’s 25th RBI gave the Tribe a 1-0 advantage, but the White Sox were able to fire back immediately.

Kluber gave up a one-out triple in the bottom to Eaton, but nearly escaped damage by getting Alexei Ramirez to line out to first. The game became tied, however, when the Rookie of the Year favorite, Abreu, ripped a single back up the middle. The Sox then followed that up with a double up the alley in centerfield by Adam Dunn—a hit that gave Chicago a 2-1 advantage. A walk and an infield single loaded up the bases, but a Tyler Flowers groundout allowed Kluber to escape without further damage.

It took the Tribe until the top of the seventh to get back on the board and tie the game back up, but they did so curtesy of a one out homerun by Lonnie Chisenhall. Unfortunately for Kluber and the Indians, however, the White Sox answered right back immediately and Abreu was the culprit again.

Carlos Sanchez got the inning started with a single into right field and then Eaton bounced a ground-rule double into the right field bullpen. A fielder’s choice that retired Sanchez at the plate set up a possible double play, but Abreu rolled a single up the middle to give Chicago a 3-2 lead. Kluber was pulled from the ballgame after 6.1 innings, having allowed nine hits, three runs and recording eight strikeouts. The eight K’s on the evening gave Kluber 213 for his remarkable season—passing Bartolo Colon’s 212 recorded in 2000 and giving him the most punchouts by a Tribe pitcher since Gaylord Perry’s 216 in 1974.

White Sox relievers Javy Guerra and former Indian Zach Putnam worked the final two innings to finish off the ballgame.

The Indians will wrap up their series with the White Sox on Thursday before heading to Kansas City for a three game series against the first place Royals this weekend. The game is scheduled for 8:10 PM and will feature Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) and the White Sox’ lefty John Danks (9-8, 4.96). The series finale can be seen on Fox Sports/SportsTime Ohio and can be heard on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network.

Photo: Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

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