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Floyd earns ChiSox's 1,000th win over Indians; Quentin paces offense

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- If the Chicago White Sox are trying to send the Cleveland Indians a message, it has been received.

"You look at that team over there, they're a little bit tougher than we are right now," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said after the White Sox defeated the Indians 6-5 on Wednesday.

The AL Central-leading White Sox have won five of six against Cleveland in a nine-game span and 11 of 14 overall.

Chicago has beaten the Indians exactly 1,000 times.

"To win your division, you have to fare well against the teams in your division," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "So far, so good. I won't get cocky, but I definitely feel better about the ballclub."

Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run double in a three-run seventh inning.

"A lot of guys got big hits today," Quentin said. "It was a battle. We scored and they came back at us. We were fortunate today. We'll take it."

Gavin Floyd (5-3) allowed two runs in the first, then retired 15 of 17 hitters before the Indians scored three times to take a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Floyd gave up five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in six innings with seven strikeouts.

Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances, escaping a second-and-third, one-out jam when Ben Francisco and Victor Martinez popped out.

"To have runners on second and third, it was a big win for us," Guillen said. "Bobby did a great job."

Trailing by two runs, the White Sox surged ahead in the seventh after third baseman Andy Marte couldn't handle Joe Crede's leadoff grounder for an error.

Alexei Ramirez singled off Rafael Perez and, one out later, A.J. Pierzynski hit a run-scoring double off Rafael Betancourt (1-3).

Quentin, who has driven in 23 runs in his past 20 games, followed with a double into the left-field corner.

Cleveland has lost 10 of 12, dropping 5½ games back in the division. Wedge once again expressed his displeasure with the way his team is playing.

"Until we start making adjustments, (opposing teams) are going to keep sticking it to us," he said. "It's up to them to get it done. There can be no excuses."

Jake Westbrook, activated from the disabled list before the game, allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He hadn't pitched for the Indians since April 19 because of a strained left muscle in the rib area.

Floyd's run-scoring throwing error and Martinez's RBI infield hit gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first.

"I felt great in the first inning," Floyd said. "Things just weren't going my way. I just waited for us to come back and then keep it that way."

Jermaine Dye, who entered the game in a 1-for-15 slide, hit a two-out homer in the fourth, and the White Sox went ahead 3-2 in the fifth on Pierzynski's RBI groundout and Quentin's sacrifice fly.

Cleveland took a 5-3 lead in the sixth on David Dellucci's RBI double and Jhonny Peralta's two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch.

"To battle back today, that shows the character of our ballclub," Guillen said.

Notes

  • Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder Tuesday and hopes to play Friday night at Kansas City. Hafner, who has missed the last three games, could be placed on the DL if he isn't ready by the weekend.
  • The White Sox are 1,000-965 overall against Cleveland.
  • Right-hander Jorge Julio was designated for assignment to clear room for Westbrook on the roster.
  • Marte had his first career stolen base in the second inning.
  • Right-hander Adam Miller, the Indians' top pitching prospect, underwent reconstructive surgery on the middle finger of his right hand Tuesday and will be shut down for eight weeks. Miller, who was pitching at Triple-A Buffalo, had a frayed tendon in the finger, which also had developed a callus.
  • Outfielder Nick Swisher, in a 5-for-30 slump, didn't play for the White Sox.
 
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Carlos Quentin connects for the go-ahead two-run double off Rafael Betancourt in the seventh.  (AP)
Carlos Quentin connects for the go-ahead two-run double off Rafael Betancourt in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4100103 .242
A.J. Pierzynski, C5112000 .290
Carlos Quentin, LF4013020 .296
Jermaine Dye, RF4121022 .289
Jim Thome, DH3000102 .204
Paul Konerko, 1B4010010 .206
Dewayne Wise, CF4000022 .000
Joe Crede, 3B4120000 .269
Alexei Ramirez, 2B4220011 .229
Totals3669628  
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (15, Betancourt), Carlos Quentin (8, Betancourt)
HR - Jermaine Dye (9, Westbrook)
SF - Carlos Quentin (2)
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (19), Carlos Quentin 3 (47), Jermaine Dye (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Joe Crede (10, Misplayed grounder), Gavin Floyd (1, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,5-3) 6854071 3.22
Octavio Dotel (H,7) 1000110 3.32
Scott Linebrink (H,13) 1100000 1.13
Bobby Jenks (S,14) 1000100 1.61
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 107-76, Octavio Dotel 16-9, Scott Linebrink 16-10, Bobby Jenks 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-7, Octavio Dotel 1-1, Scott Linebrink 1-2, Bobby Jenks 2-2
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Octavio Dotel 4, Scott Linebrink 4, Bobby Jenks 5
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3110201 .255
Jamey Carroll, 2B3120011 .231
Ben Francisco, RF5000014 .321
Victor Martinez, C5121003 .302
David Dellucci, LF4111012 .227
Jhonny Peralta, SS4112012 .225
Michael Aubrey, DH4010012 .208
Casey Blake, 1B4000011 .216
Andy Marte, 3B3010020 .156
   a- Ryan Garko, PH1000000 .234
    Asdrubal Cabrera, PR0000000 .184
Totals3659428  
a-grounded out for Marte in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jamey Carroll (3, Floyd), Victor Martinez (10, Floyd), David Dellucci (6, Floyd)
HR - Jhonny Peralta (11, Floyd)
SH - Jamey Carroll 2 (5)
RBI - Victor Martinez (18), David Dellucci (16), Jhonny Peralta 2 (19)
SB - Grady Sizemore (13, 3rd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Andy Marte (1, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Marte-Blake
E - Andy Marte (1, Misplayed grounder), Jhonny Peralta (6, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook 5533231 3.12
Rafael Perez 1121010 3.33
Rafael Betancourt (L,1-3) 2311030 5.56
Masahide Kobayashi 1000010 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 92-52, Rafael Perez 14-12, Rafael Betancourt 34-25, Masahide Kobayashi 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 9-3, Rafael Perez 3-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-2, Masahide Kobayashi 2-0
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 22, Rafael Perez 5, Rafael Betancourt 9, Masahide Kobayashi 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31740
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - James Hoye