Scott Carroll strong again, but White Sox’ bats silenced in defeat
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter May 3, 2014 8:04PM
Updated: May 3, 2014 9:15PM
CLEVELAND — Scott Carroll made his second strong start in seven days, but the Cleveland Indians scored two unearned runs against the rookie right-hander, and the visiting White Sox had no answer for Justin Masterson in their 2-0 loss Saturday.
The Indians scored on a dropped pop-up by third baseman Marcus Semien in the second inning and capitalized on a throwing error by Tyler Flowers in the fifth that led to their second run.
Adam Dunn had two hits, including a leadoff double in the seventh, but was inexcusably thrown out at third on a grounder to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Carroll (1-1) held the Indians to five hits in six innings. He walked one and got all of his outs on ground balls or fly outs. Scott Downs and Jake Petricka each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
Home run and RBI leader Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, including a three-pitch whiff against Cody Allen with runners on second and third and two outs in the eighth. Abreu struck out swinging on three breaking balls out of the strike zone.
Masterson (1-1) allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six in 7 1/3 innings. It was Masterson’s first win since Aug. 21 against the Angels and his first at home since he beat the Sox on Aug. 1.
The Sox (14-17) have lost four in a row and will try to avoid a series sweep against the Indians (13-17) on Sunday afternoon.