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Gavin Floyd (5-3) allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings for the White Sox, who have won three straight and improved to 9-3 in their last 12 tries.
"At that point, you get a couple runs, you want to bear down and have better focus and make sure you keep the lead," Floyd said.
Matt LaPorta had a solo home run for the short-handed Indians, who a have lost four of the last seven games.
Cleveland was without designated hitter Travis Hafner, out for a second straight game with soreness in his right ribs, and outfield Travis Buck, who was a late scratch with a left big toe injury. Alongside those injuries, the club was missing Orlando Cabrera because he was becoming a U.S. citizen in South Carolina, and center fielder Grady Sizemore is still on the 15-day DL.
Indians starter Fausto Carmona (3-4) was roughed up for eight runs in five innings. The right-hander gave up seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
"There are certain teams where he can get away with having not very good separation of his pitches," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Carmona. "But this is not one of those teams."
Cleveland scored first during its opening at-bat when Asdrubal Cabrera trotted home on Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly to right field. But that was all the runs the club would see until LaPorta's solo shot when the game was already out of hand in the ninth.
The White Sox answered right back in the home half of the first on Konerko's two-run double that drilled the base of the left-field wall to take an early lead.
Chicago added onto that lead with a four-spot in the second inning.
Alex Rios and Dallas McPherson started it off with singles and the bases were loaded on Omar Vizquel's bunt. Two batters later, Ramirez doubled in McPherson and Vizquel. The next batter, Dunn, finished off the rally with a two-run single.
Quentin made it a 8-1 game for the White sox in the fifth with a two-run blast.
Hafner may have a MRI on Friday when the team returns home from a weekend interleague matchup with Cincinnati...The Indians recalled infielder Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus before the game and designated pitcher Justin Germano for assignment.
(Sports Network) – The Chicago White Sox go after a third straight win this evening and a two-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians when the American League Central rivals conclude a set from U.S. Cellular Field.
Jake Peavy kept the White Sox rolling in Wednesday’s opener, as he tossed a three-hit shutout to pace Chicago to a 1-0 win. Adam Dunn, who has been mired in a season-long slump, drove in the game’s only run, as the White Sox won for the eighth time in their last 11 games.
Peavy (1-0), in just his second start of the year, struck out eight to record his fifth career shutout and first since last June.
"This is the healthiest I’ve ever been in Chicago and I hope it stays that way," said Peavy. "This is what I was brought here to do and hopefully I can keep it going."
Justin Masterson (5-2) was equally as impressive for the Indians and surrendered just one run — in the first frame — on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over eight frames.
"Both guys threw the ball extremely well tonight," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "You know, unfortunately for us their guys put a run across and we couldn’t."
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Indians, who still own the league’s best record at 26-14.
Hoping to keep the White Sox in the win column this evening will be right- hander Gavin Floyd, who has lost two of his last three starts. Floyd absorbed the loss on Saturday in Oakland, as he yielded five runs and nine hits in four innings, dropping him to 4-3 on the year to go along with a 4.22 ERA.
"They got a couple big hits against him," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said, "but he was in trouble from the beginning."
Floyd has faced the Indians eight times and is 4-3 with a 5.44 ERA against them.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Fausto Carmona, who is 3-3 with a 3.94 ERA, but was annihilated by the White Sox on Opening Day. Carmona lasted just three innings in that one and was pounded for 10 runs and 11 hits.
Carmona, who is 7-4 lifetime versus the White Sox, has allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts since, however, and has pitched to a 2.56 ERA. He did not get a decision on Friday against Seattle, as he surrendered four runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Chicago took two of three from the Indians to open the season and has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series.
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jake Peavy and Justin Masterson went pitch for pitch, each going the distance, but the White Sox hurler was just a little better in Chicago's 1-0 victory over Cleveland in the first of two games at U.S. Cellular Field.
Peavy (1-0) looked like the pitcher from his dominant days in San Diego, striking out eight and allowing just three hits over nine inning, while Masterson (5-2) surrendered just one run -- in the first frame, no less -- on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over eight frames.
"This is the healthiest I've ever been in Chicago and I hope it stays that way," said Peavy. "This is what I was brought here to do and hopefully I can keep it going."
Adam Dunn, in a season-long slump after coming to the Windy City as a free agent in the offseason, drove in the lone run for the White Sox, who have won two in a row. Peavy hurled his fifth career shutout and first since last June.
The loss snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak.
In the home first, Pierre slapped a 1-2 pitch down the left-field line for a leadoff double. He moved to third on Omar Vizquel's single and scored on Dunn's sacrifice fly to center.
The Indians never threatened until the seventh as Shin-Soo Choo singled and stole second with one out. However, Peavy bared down and got Carlos Santana to pop out and Travis Buck to ground out. Brent Lillibridge helped Peavy immensely in the eighth, using a feet-first slide to nab Orlando Cabrera's long drive in left-center field.
"Both guys threw the ball extremely well tonight," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta. "You know, unfortunately for us their guys put a run across and we couldn't."
Three of Peavy's five career shutouts came during his dominant 2005 season with the Padres. Peavy also notched the ninth complete game of his career...Choo had two of Cleveland's three hits...Masterson tossed his third career complete game in defeat.
(Sports Network) - If the Chicago White Sox are planning on making a run in the American League Central they are going to need the Cleveland Indians to come back down to Earth. Tonight the White Sox get to take matters into their own hands when they play the first of a brief two-game set against the upstart Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.
Jake Peavy goes tonight for the White Sox in his second start of the year after missing 10 months with a torn lat muscle. The former National League Cy Young Award winner was shaky at times in his initial outing against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as he allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings of a no-decision.
The right-hander is just 1-3 lifetime against the Indians with a 5.00 ERA in six starts.
Brent Morel hit a three-run home run while Jesse Crain (1-1) got the win for throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the White Sox, who have won four of six and seven of 10. John Danks went 6 1/3 innings in the start and gave up three runs -- two earned -- on four hits with six walks and two strikeouts.
Sergio Santos threw a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season.
Cleveland opened its year by losing two straight to the White Sox, while getting outscored 23-13. It's a been a different story since, as the Indians own the league's best record at 26-13 and sit atop the American League Central standings by five games.
The Indians won their third straight game on Tuesday, as Travis Hafner hit a three-run double to pace Cleveland past Kansas City, 7-3.
Carlos Carrasco (2-2) earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. He also struck out five in 5 1/3 innings as the Indians won for the fourth time in their last six games.
"I think it's always important whenever you have a chance to score early and give your starter a little room for error. I think that 3-spot in the first was important, then Carlos (Carrasco) went out and really threw a good game tonight," said Hafner.
Cleveland will hand the ball tonight to righty Justin Masterson, who is coming off the worst outing of his season. Masterson suffered his first loss of the season on Thursday against Tampa Bay, who hit him for five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, dropping him to 5-1, while raising his earned run average to 2.73.
Masterson, who had allowed just 11 earned runs through his first seven starts, beat the White Sox earlier in the year and is 2-2 lifetime against them with a 2.25 ERA in 11 games, seven of which have been starts.