Dayan Viciedo hits game-winning 3-run HR in 9th for White Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter May 4, 2014 3:10PM
Updated: May 4, 2014 9:52PM
CLEVELAND — Dayan Viciedo broke out of a 3-for-20 rut with a three-run home run in the ninth inning against John Axford, and the visiting White Sox broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory Sunday against the Cleveland Indians.
Axford, trying to save a record-setting performance by Indians starter Corey Kluber, walked Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn before Viciedo lined his second homer of the season into the right-field seats.
‘‘We’ve show all season long that we’re never really out of a game unless they’re up by eight or nine,’’ said closer Matt Lindstrom, who retired three of the four batters he faced in the ninth for his fourth save. ‘‘It was a much-needed win, and now we can go home and start to hopefully put [together] a good series against the Cubs these next four days.’’
Viciedo, who is batting .330, pointed into the Sox’ dugout after his big hit.
‘‘That was for the team,’’ said Viciedo, 25, who has four go-ahead homers in the ninth inning or later during his career. ‘‘That was a very exciting time.’’
Kluber and catcher George Kottaras had observers thumbing through the record books while the Indians looked to be breezing to a three-game sweep and their ninth consecutive home victory against the Sox. Kluber struck out a career-high 13, including seven in a row to break a team record shared by, among others, Bob Feller. Kottaras, meanwhile, became the first player in Indians history to hit homers in his first two at-bats with the team.
After Jose Abreu hit his major-league-leading 12th homer in the first, Kluber held the Sox to two hits. He struck out Abreu and Alejandro De Aza twice each and whiffed Jordan Danks, who is 3-for-39 with 19 strikeouts, three times. Kluber pitched eight innings and walked two.
Pen settling in
Lindstrom completed a spotless performance for the Sox’ bullpen, which was a problem area during the first three weeks but has a 1.81 ERA in the last 14 games and a 0.69 ERA in the last eight. Zach Putnam, Ronald Belisario and Daniel Webb (2-0) combined with Lindstrom for 41/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Andre Rienzo (three runs, seven hits, four walks) needed 99 pitches to get through 42/3 innings.
‘‘We’re starting to settle into a few different roles,’’ Lindstrom said. ‘‘[Manager] Robin [Ventura] is doing a good job matching us up with teams and players we need to go against and keeping us fresh as much as he can.’’
This and that
The White Sox have come from behind nine times to win.
† Ventura said slugger Adam Dunn might play left field in the interleague series against the Cubs.
† The Sox have seven players on the disabled list: Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Conor Gillaspie, Nate Jones, Jeff Keppinger, Felipe Paulino and Chris Sale.
† Sale is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday for the first time since pitching against the Boston Red Sox on April 17. Sale will throw at U.S. Cellular Field.