Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Ryan Raburn homered and drove in a season-high
five runs and Cleveland batted around in a seven-run fifth inning as the
Indians routed the Chicago White Sox, 14-3, in the opener of a four-game set
from U.S. Cellular Field.
Already leading 7-2, Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed a homer to left to lead off the
fifth. Charlie Leesman then walked three straight batters to load the bags for
Michael Bourn, who singled in a run. Nick Swisher plated a pair with his
single to center and Jason Kipnis drew a walk to reload the bases.
Dylan Axelrod took over on the hill and yielded consecutive run-scoring
singles to Carlos Santana and Raburn, who plated a pair, before finally
retiring the side.
Swisher homered, scored three times and contributed three RBI while Kipnis
reached base in all three of his plate appearances and scored twice as
Cleveland sits 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the final A.L. wild card spot.
The Indians have won a franchise-best nine straight games against the White
Corey Kluber (9-5) won his third straight decision after tossing five innings,
allowing two runs on six hits. Josh Tomlin pitched two scoreless innings of
The Indians wasted no time getting to Chicago starter John Danks (4-13) as
Swisher belted a solo home run with one out in the top of the first. After
Kipnis singled and Santana walked, Raburn homered as well for a 4-0 cushion
before the White Sox even took the plate.
Kipnis doubled in another run in the second inning before Paul Konerko went
yard for Chicago in the bottom half.
Each team plated a run in the third inning as well, with Mike Aviles offering
a sac fly to right for Cleveland and Alejandro De Aza singling home Marcus
Semien in the home half after the latter led off with a ground-rule double to
Dayan Viciendo had a sac fly in the eighth to round out the scoring.
Danks was lifted after four innings, reached for seven runs -- six earned --
on nine hits and three walks ... Leesman was charged with seven runs on three
hits and four walks without recording an out ... Axelrod pitched five
scoreless innings of relief for Chicago ... Semien's third inning double was
his first career extra-base hit ... Yan Gomes doubled twice and Drew Stubbs
had three hits for the Indians ... Cleveland has 12 wins against Chicago this
season, its most against the Sox since 13 wins in 1968.
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