Carlos Santana plays Sox off with HR in 10th for 6-5 Indians win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 31: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a walk-off solo home run during the tenth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on July 31, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND – Another day, another loss for the White Sox.
And yet another way to lose.
Carlos Santana led off the 10th inning with a home run against Dylan Axelrod, leading the Indians to a 6-5 victory on Wednesday at Progressive Field. The Sox looked like they would stop their losing streak at five when pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger singled in two runs in the ninth inning with two outs, but closer Addison Reed gave up two runs in the bottom of the inning on sacrifice flies by Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis.
“When things are going bad, they’re going bad,’’ Reed said. “Something new every night. Tonight, it was 100 percent my fault. Just got to hang with them and get after them tomorrow.’’
It was the ninth walkoff win for the Indians (59-48), who celebrated their season-high seventh consecutive win by mobbing Santana at home plate where he tossed his helmet high into the air.
Reed, who has pitched five times in the last 18 games, didn’t blame inactivity on not being sharp. He set himself up for his fifth blown save by giving up a leadoff double to Michael Brantley, hitting Jason Giambi with a pitch and being less than smooth off the mound fielding Drew Stubbs’ bunt that went for a single.
“I didn’t make things easy on myself,’’ Reed said.
Sox left-hander Jose Quintana added to his major league high of no-decisions with his 14th, allowing three runs over five innings. Quintana struck out six and walked two. He threw 109 pitches.
The Sox scored three runs in the sixth against Indians starter Corey Kluber on an RBI double by Alexei Ramirez and RBI singles by Alex Rios and Adam Dunn against Indians starter Corey Kluber.
Chris Perez (4-1) pitched the 10th for the win.
Nate Jones pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and lefty David Purcey (2.25 ERA) threw two scoreless innings.