Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox

CLE
8
CWS
6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
CLE 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 14 0
CWS 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 10 1

Home Runs: CLE - Zach Walters (6)
CWS - Alexei Ramirez (13)

Zach Walters homered in the tenth frame for the Indians to edge the White Sox and get the win.

1:01 | August 27, 2014 | Baseball, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, MLB

Game Information
Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 12,462

CHICAGO (AP) Zach Walters couldn't get a bunt down. And his manager was just fine with that since Walters came through with a go-ahead home run instead.

Walters hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 victory over the sliding Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to lead off the 10th against Jake Petricka (0-4), and after failing to sacrifice Chisenhall to third, Walters hit a 3-2 pitch well into the right-field bleachers to give the Indians the lead.

"Fortunately he didn't get the bunt down," Indians manager Terry Francona said, "but he's a strong kid and there's a lot of life in that bat and he's that threat."

Francona said Walters didn't have to bunt, but just find a way to get Chisenhall to third. Walters did more than that, hitting his sixth home run of the season.

Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the win, keeping Cleveland 5 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.

The Indians' usually-sturdy rotation had an off night. Cleveland's starters entered the night with a 2.57 ERA since Aug. 1, but got only 4 2-3 innings from T.J. House, who squandered a 3-0 first-inning lead and gave up five runs, including Alexei Ramirez's fifth-inning home run.

Despite that, Cleveland won its third straight, moved to a season-high four games above .500 and kept pace in the tightly bunched hunt for an AL wild-card spot.

"We know exactly where we are and we know that we have to turn it on at this moment in time if we expect to catch anyone - whether it's the wild card or the division," House said.

Chicago lost its seventh straight and saw Petricka give up a go-ahead home run in his second consecutive appearance after allowing Brian McCann's 10th inning walk-off Sunday against the New York Yankees.

"I think it's location," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "He has everything velocity-wise and the stuff."

Chicago didn't get much from starter Jose Quintana, who went five innings and allowing six earned runs to match a season-high. His ERA also rose from 3.25 to 3.48 as he got his 11th no-decision of the year and major league-leading 38th since the start of the 2012 season.

Adam Eaton was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list (strained right oblique) before the game and went 1 for 4. He entered the game seventh in the AL with a .370 on-base percentage and had an eventful night in the field, committing an error in the sixth that led to a Cleveland run and also throwing out Roberto Perez at the plate on Michael Bourn's single.

"I felt a little upset with myself because I got pretty good support tonight," Quintana said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: C Yan Gomes (seven-day concussion disabled list) worked out with the team Tuesday and manager Terry Francona expects him to be ready Friday when he's eligible to return.

White Sox: OF Moises Sierra (strained left oblique) went 1 for 4 in his second game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Corey Kluber (13-7, 2.46 ERA) starts Wednesday against Chicago's Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.39 ERA). Kluber is 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA in eight games against the White Sox, including his May 4 start against Chicago when he struck out a career-high 13 and set a Cleveland record by fanning seven straight.

BUSY SCHEDULE

Starting Tuesday, the Indians play 30 games in 30 days. Francona isn't worried about the impact of the schedule and is welcoming the rush of games. "Days off are great," he said, "but we need to play.

SLOW DOWN

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said top prospect Carlos Rodon's next start will be Saturday at Triple-A Charlotte, not Saturday in Chicago when they face the Tigers in a doubleheader. Rodon, 21, was the third overall pick and is the first player drafted this year to reach Triple-A.

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Pitcher Matchup
Bryan Shaw
Innings Pitched:2.1 (Win)
H 0, R 0, 2.44 ERA
Jake Petricka
(Loss) Innings Pitched:0
H 2, R 2, 2.86 ERA
 

Chicago batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Adam Eaton CF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .303
Alexei Ramirez SS 5 2 2 3 0 0 1 .286
Jose Abreu 1B 3 1 1 0 2 0 0 .308
Avisail Garcia RF 5 0 2 2 0 2 3 .254
Paul Konerko 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .225
Conor Gillaspie 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 .303
Dayan Viciedo RF 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 .234
Alejandro De Aza LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .249
Tyler Flowers C 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .236
Carlos Sanchez 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .304

Cleveland batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Michael Bourn CF 5 1 2 0 1 1 2 .264
Jose Ramirez SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .255
Michael Brantley LF 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 .310
Carlos Santana 1B 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 .228
Jason Kipnis 2B 5 0 2 1 0 1 0 .251
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .292
Mike Aviles 3B 4 1 2 1 0 0 3 .252
Zach Walters 3B 4 2 2 2 1 0 3 .208
Tyler Holt RF 3 0 0 0 0 3 5 .348
Chris Dickerson RF 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .239
Roberto Perez C 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .255

Chicago pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Jose Quintana 5 9 6 6 2 3 102-66 3.48
Zach Putnam 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 22-13 1.91
Javy Guerra 1.1 1 0 0 2 0 25-10 2.78
Maikel Cleto 1 0 0 0 0 3 15-10 4.87
Matt Lindstrom 1 2 0 0 0 2 12-11 4.88
Jake Petricka 0 2 2 2 0 0 12-7 2.86

Cleveland pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
T.J. House 4.2 7 5 5 1 4 74-44 4.18
Bryan Shaw 2.1 0 0 0 0 3 29-21 2.44
Scott Atchison 2 2 1 1 1 0 26-15 2.82
Nick Hagadone 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 4-3 1.37
CC Lee 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 8-5 3.66
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 8-6 3.07