Beckham leads White Sox to rain-delayed 2-1 win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter May 27, 2014 7:02PM
Updated: May 28, 2014 1:12AM
Gordon Beckham stayed on a hot streak with a double and home run and turned a key double play in the eighth inning, and the host White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Tuesday in a game delayed twice by rain.
The Sox got only three innings out of ace Chris Sale, who gave up no hits and a walk while striking out four before rain forced a two-hour delay and took him out of the game. The start of the game, which did not end until 12:51 a.m., was also delayed by 41 minutes at the outset because rain was expected.
Sale lowered his ERA to 1.79. Scott Carroll (2-3) pitched three scoreless innings in relief for the win, Jake Petricka pitched two scoreless innings and Ronald Belisario pitched a perfect ninth for the save as the Sox (27-27) got their second win in as many nights against the Indians.
Belisario collected his third save.
With the tying run on first with one out in the eighth, Michael Brantley grounded to third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who started a double play thanks to a difficult turn by Beckham, who got Brantley by half a step to end the inning.
Beckham, who is 19-for-50 (.380) in his last 12 games and 31-for-89 (.348) in last 21, connected against reliever Mark Lowe for his fourth home run in the fifth inning to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Conor Gillaspie singled in Adam Eaton from third with the Sox first run against Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Paul Konerko looked like he would break out of a 4-for-38 slump when he drove a pitch deep toward right-center in the eighth, but center fielder Michael Bourn reached above the yellow line for the out.