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Sabathia pitched eight overpowering innings Sunday and Sizemore hit a leadoff double in the first -- Cleveland's only hit -- as the Indians finished a bizarre, two-city homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Out of his customary No. 52 jersey on the 60th anniversary of Robinson's debut, Sabathia hit another significant number: 3-0.
On four previous occasions, the left-hander had opened a season 2-0 only to lose his next start.
"I didn't know that," Sabathia said. "It feels good."
Pitching with a strong wind gusting to nearly 30 mph at his back, Sabathia allowed five hits, struck out 10, walked three and improved to 14-3 -- 2-0 this season -- in 22 starts against Chicago.
With the wind howling through Jacobs Field making it feel much colder than the announced gametime temperature of 39 degrees, Sabathia's game plan was to pound the inside corner.
"It was cold," Sabathia said. "Guys kind of think twice about swinging when it's cold and you are coming in there."
The Indians didn't fare much better in the bitter conditions against Chicago starter Jose Contreras (1-2) and three relievers, who combined to no-hit Cleveland after Sizemore's leadoff double.
The last time the Indians won while getting one hit or less was on April 12, 1992, a 2-1 victory over Boston when they were no-hit by Red Sox pitcher Matt Young.
"That's not something you see every day," said Sizemore, who like Sabathia wore No. 42 to salute Robinson for breaking baseball's color barrier. "I don't recall ever winning a game with just one hit."
Cleveland took advantage of three Chicago errors and some walks to take two of three against one of its AL Central rivals.
Sabathia was lucky to escape the eighth with a 2-1 lead. The White Sox got runners to first and third with two outs, when Rob Mackowiak hit a shot through the middle that caromed off Sabathia's hand and bounced directly to third baseman Casey Blake, who picked it cleanly off the grass and threw out Mackowiak.
Sabathia pumped his arm and screamed in delight before heading back to the dugout.
"I was fired up," Sabathia said. "It was a close game and that was a big moment. That was the game right there."
"Right now, we're colder than the weather," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Our bats are cold. We had a couple of chances, but didn't get the big hit."
Contreras did a remarkable job of keeping it close, considering the White Sox made three errors behind him and he walked five in the first four innings.
The right-hander allowed only Sizemore's hit and was able to get big outs when he needed them. However, Contreras ran into trouble in the fourth with a leadoff walk and an error by third baseman Joe Crede.
Contreras then walked No. 9 hitter Kelly Shoppach to load the bases and then put on Sizemore, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.
"We didn't help Jose at all," Guillen said. "We made a couple of big errors. It's a shame when a guy pitches like that and you don't win."
Sabathia's performance and the one-hit win concluded possibly the strangest homestand in Indians history.
Cleveland's home opener at Jacobs Field was stopped by snow and the club had its entire four-game series against Seattle postponed last weekend by a blizzard and cold weather. The next series was switched to Milwaukee's Miller Park, where the Indians played the Los Angeles Angels three times under a retractable roof.
So after taking two of three from Chicago, the Indians went 4-2 on a 10-game homestand with three of those games taking place in a National League ballpark 450 miles away.
Weird enough for you?
Sabathia credited manager Eric Wedge for keeping the Indians focused despite the numerous distractions.
"Before we went to Milwaukee he said, 'Keep focused and just try to win the series,' and that's what we did," he said. "He didn't want to hear any complaining or anything like that. We just went to Milwaukee and then came home and won the series this weekend."
|Cleveland's Joe Borowski (middle) preserves the game and gets love from Kelly Shoppach, Ryan Garko. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Pablo Ozuna, LF-3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.300|
|Darin Erstad, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.189|
|Paul Konerko, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.211|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||2||0||1||1||2||1||1||.235|
|Joe Crede, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.220|
|Rob Mackowiak, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.143|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.214|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.265|
|a- Scott Podsednik, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Brian Anderson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.143|
|b- Jim Thome, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.294|
|Alex Cintron, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Gustavo Molina, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|c- A.J. Pierzynski, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.147|
|a-lined out for Uribe in the 9th|
|b-singled for Anderson in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Molina in the 9th|
|SH - Darin Erstad (3)|
|RBI - Jermaine Dye (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (3)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|PB - Gustavo Molina (1)|
|E - Joe Crede 2 (3, Misplayed grounder), Darin Erstad (1, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Contreras (L,1-2)||5||1||2||0||5||3||0||6.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 98-53, Nick Masset 15-6, Andrew Sisco 4-3, David Aardsma 24-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 11-4|
|Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 24, Nick Masset 3, Andrew Sisco 1, David Aardsma 6|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||3||1||1||1||1||1||3||.323|
|Trot Nixon, RF||3||0||0||1||0||1||5||.292|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.385|
|Travis Hafner, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.212|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.381|
|David Dellucci, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.269|
|Casey Blake, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.194|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.290|
|Mike Rouse, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||1||3||.000|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.125|
|a-struck out for Nixon in the 7th|
|2B - Grady Sizemore (2, Contreras)|
|RBI - Grady Sizemore (6), Trot Nixon (1)|
|SB - Mike Rouse (1, 2nd base off Masset/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|C.C. Sabathia (W,3-0)||8||5||1||1||3||10||0||2.14|
|Joe Borowski (S,5)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||5.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 102-65|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 7-7|
|Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 32, Joe Borowski 4|
|Attendance - 14887|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 39|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino|