Saturday’s result: Indians 8, White Sox 1
AP September 14, 2013 9:36PM
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Charlie Leesman reacts to giving up a two-run single to Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: September 14, 2013 9:46PM
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched 8 1-3 strong innings and Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall homered to lead Cleveland to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night that helped the Indians keep pace in the Al wild-card race.
Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Lonnie Chisenhall added a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning that powered the Indians to their 11th straight win against Chicago and third in a row overall to improve to 80-68. Texas, at 81-66, holds one wild-card spot and Tampa Bay at 80-66 has the other.
Cleveland’s Carlos Santana went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs with a single in the sixth.
Jimenez (12-9) scattered eight hits and struck out eight to win his third straight start, falling just two outs shy of his ninth career complete game and fourth shutout.
The right-hander walked only one before being relieved by Chen-Chang Lee with one out and two on in the ninth. Chicago scored its lone run in the final inning on Josh Phegley’s sac fly.
Jimenez is 4-2 in his last six starts. Through 40 innings he has allowed eight runs and struck out 50.
Chicago starter Andre Rienzo (2-2) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. Rienzo was called up on July 30 and has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts.
The White Sox, last in the AL Central, have lost five straight and 14 of 16. They managed to get more than one man on base only twice against Jimenez, in the third and ninth.
Rienzo pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded, jam in the first by striking out Michael Brantley and getting Cabrera to ground out.
The Indians batted around and took a 5-0 lead in the fourth.
With one out and Santana on first, Cabrera lofted his 13th homer to right to make it 2-0. After Jason Giambi walked and Yan Gomes singled, Chisenhall launched his 10th.
Rienzo was relieved by Charlie Leesman after walking Carlos Santana to open the fifth.
Santana made it 7-0 by driving in Chisenhall and Michael Bourne off Leesman in the sixth. Ryan Raburn drove in a run with a sac fly in the ninth off Addison Reed.
NOTES: Rienzo and Gomes are the only two Brazilians in the majors. Rienzo is the first Brazilian pitcher in MLB. . Injured Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson, who leads the team with 14 wins, did not throw Saturday after playing long-toss on two previous days. He’s expected to throw again Sunday. . Cleveland manager Terry Francona is sticking to the “one-game-at-time” approach when asked about the Indians chances of grabbing a playoff spot. “Logic says this probably going to go down near the wire,” he said. “I think we just need to worry about winning tonight.” . White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn, who is 3 for his last 34, was held out of the lineup on Saturday and manager Robin Ventura said 1B/DH Paul Konerko would rest on Sunday. . Cleveland RHP Zach McAllister (7-9) is scheduled to face White Sox LHP and ace Chris Sale (11-12) in Sunday’s finale.