Santana Slams Sale as Tribe Slugs Sox; Indians 12, White Sox 1

A six-run third inning, highlighted by a grand slam from Carlos Santana, helped the Cleveland Indians defeat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox on Friday night by a final score of 12-1.

The abundant offensive output helped back yet another strong start from rookie right-hander Cody Anderson. Despite walking five batters on the night, he limited the White Sox to just five base hits over six and two-thirds innings and struck out six. The only blemish on the scoreboard came courtesy of a solo homer from Melky Cabrera in the fifth inning.

The Indians did all of their damage in the third with two outs. Roberto Perez lined a broken bat single to center with one out and safely advanced to second on an error on a fielder’s choice grounder. After Francisco Lindor struck out swinging, Mike Aviles and Michael Brantley each singled in runs. A walk to Ryan Raburn loaded the bases for Carlos Santana, who sent the second pitch of his at bat into the bleachers to give the Indians a six run inning.

Lindor hit an opposite field homer in the seventh off of Sale, his tenth of the season. The Indians added five more in the eighth, as Aviles and Brantley again had back-to-back RBI singles, Lonnie Chisenhall drew a bases loaded walk, and Chris Johnson singled home two with two outs.

Sale had his second consecutive lopsided outing, but his ERA did not take as much damage due to the costly error in the third. He worked seven innings, allowing seven runs, but just one earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine for his tenth loss of the season.

With the win, the Indians again return to the .500 mark and are now three games out in the American League Wild Card race, gaining a game on Houston and a half game on idle Minnesota and Los Angeles, who were rained out.

The Indians will send Carlos Carrasco to the mound on Saturday to take on rookie lefty Carlos Rodon. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET.

W: C. Anderson (5-3)

L: C. Sale (12-10)

HR: C. Santana (16, 3rd inning off Sale, 3 on, 2 out); M. Cabrera (11, 5th inning off C. Anderson, 0 on, 2 out); F. Lindor (10, 7th inning off Sale, 0 on, 0 out)

Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

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