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White Sox Vs. Indians: Cleveland shut out in season finale

The Cleveland Indians closed a disappointing 2012 season Wednesday night with a 9-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Sox hammered five home runs off Cleveland pitching, including three by first baseman Dan Johnson. On the other side of the coin, Cleveland managed just five hits off Chicago pitching.

Johnson opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning. Chicago added a run in the fourth on a Hector Gimenez single, then got a pair of two-run home runs from Johnson and Paul Konerko in the fifth. Two solo homers in the ninth closed out the game.

Cleveland starter David Huff took his first loss of the season, giving up seven runs in 4⅔ innings pitched. The Cleveland bullpen effectively handled the White Sox bats until the ninth, when Vinnie Pestano gave up the final two home runs.

Chicago pitcher Gavin Floyd threw seven scoreless innings, recording his twelfth win of the season in the process.

Cleveland finished the season at 68-94. Chicago, the American League Central runner-up, closes at 85-77.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.