The White Sox have had the Indians number this season, winning eight of the first 12 matchups. They continued their dominance with a come-from-behind win off the Tribe bullpen, getting a three-run home run from Adam Dunn in the eighth off Vinnie Pestano, and holding on for a 5-4 win. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the White Sox and kept the Indians counting down the days until the end of the season.
Even though the Indians squandered a decent scoring opportunity in the first inning, they made White Sox ace Chris Sale work hard in the first inning. Sale struck out both lefties Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis to start the ballgame. With two outs, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and Carlos Santana walked, but Russ Canzler was unable to drive in a run. On the flip side of Sale, Zach McAllister looked sharp from the start, aiming for his first win since August 11. He went six up, six down through the first two innings.
The Indians drew first blood in the third inning. Kipnis kept the inning alive with a two-out single and motored around on Cabrera's second double in as many at bats to put the Indians ahead 1-0. Kipnis, a Chicago-area native, doubled later in the game and has collected 16 hits in nine career games at U.S. Cellular Field. McAllister allowed his first hit to lead off the third, but a strikeout-caught stealing double play ended the inning without further damage.
McAllister benefited from a gift card in the fourth. He walked Alejando De Aza to start the inning and then gave up a double to Kevin Youkilis. Vinny Rottino and Lonnie Chisenhall combined to throw De Aza out at the plate, though replays showed that he was probably safe. Anyway, McAllister got out of the inning unscathed. The Indians blew a chance in the fifth and the White Sox took advantage, tying their game in their half of the fifth on a fielder's choice RBI groundout from Ramirez.
In the sixth, the Indians needed only two batters to retake the lead. Santana singled to start the inning and Canzler took Sale deep the opposite way to right field for his second home run of the season. It was the 18th home run allowed by Sale this season, and just the eighth at home. Sale entered the game with a 1.92 ERA at home in 12 starts. Adam Dunn got one of those runs back in the sixth with his 40th home run of the season. Dunn would do further damage later.
McAllister finished off the sixth and wound up with a very nice outing. He went six innings, allowing two runs on just four hits. He struck out seven and walked two. He left in line for the win. Joe Smith got him an inning closer with a clean seventh, striking out the side. In the eighth, however, things took a turn for the worse. With one out, Vinnie Pestano walked pinch hitter Dan Johnson. After De Aza grounded out, Pestano had a chance to get out of the inning, facing Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis singled and left the door open for Adam Dunn to blast his 41st home run of the season to put the White Sox ahead 5-3. It was the first ever home run in an 0-2 count allowed by Pestano.
To the Tribe's credit, they didn't quit. Jack Hannahan singled to lead off the ninth, but was erased on a Lou Marson double play. Ezequiel Carrera kept the inning alive with a single and scored on Shin-Soo Choo's double. The White Sox brought in Donnie Veal to face Choo, after Matt Thornton's early inning struggles. Kipnis got a shot to be the hero, but grounded out to end the ballgame.
With the loss, the Indians fell to 63-91. The White Sox kept pace with the Tigers, staying one game ahead of them at 82-71. Vinnie Pestano was the loser, falling to 3-3. Brett Myers picked up the win in relief, moving to 3-3 with the White Sox. Donnie Veal recorded his first Major League save after Matt Thornton only lasted two outs in the ninth.
Stat of the Night: The White Sox are now 9-4 against the Indians this season and have outscored them by 33 runs.
Player of the Game: Let's give this to Zach McAllister. He got robbed out of his first win in nearly a month-and-a-half, but it's something to build on as he makes his last start of the season on Sunday against Kansas City.
Tomorrow's Game: Corey Kluber faces Francisco Liriano at 8:10.