Indians defeat White Sox, 4-3; AL Central lead down to half game
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Twitter: @soxvan_cst September 25, 2012 3:54PM
Chicago White Sox's starting pitcher Francisco Liriano, left, walks off the field after getting lifted by manager Robin Ventura, second from right, during the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/John Smierciak)
Updated: September 25, 2012 6:24PM
The White Sox went deep three times against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough.
The Cleveland Indians scored three in the fourth to build a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-3 victory before 13,797 fans at U.S. Cellular Field, dropping the Sox’ lead on the Detroit Tigers to one half game. The Tigers play the Royals on Tuesday night.
A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo hit back to back homers in the fifth against Corey Kluber (2-4), and Paul Konerko led off the ninth against Indians closer with a homer for the Sox.
About 15 hours after Adam Dunn hit maybe the two biggest homers of his 406-HR career to ignite maybethe Sox’ bigger wins of the season, the air came out of U.S. Cellular Field when the Indians grabbed a 4-0 lead.
Russ Canzler led off the second with a homer against Liriano and doubled Carlos Santana (leadoff walk) to third to put the Indians in business in the fourth. After former Sox Brent Lillibridge walked with one out to load the bases, Thomas Neal hit a potential double-play grounder to second baseman Gordon Beckham, but Beckham’s feed to shortstop Alexei Ramirez was just low enough to prevent Ramirez from getting off a strong relay.
Neal was safe on a tie at the bag, a run scored, and RBI singles by Ezequiel Carrera and Shin-soo Choo made it 4-0.
Beckham came to bat with the tying run on second and winning run on first but hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.