Cleveland at Chicago

Final 10th
W: A. Russell (1-0) L: J. Borowski (1-3)
HR: CLE - K. Shoppach (6), C. Blake (8)   CHW - A. Ramirez (6)

Ramirez ties it up, Cabrera walks it off for ChiSox in 10th wire reports

CHICAGO -- Alexei Ramirez's soaring fly ball was either going to land in the glove of Cleveland left fielder Ben Francisco to end the game or clear the fence and tie it up with two outs in the 10th.

The way things have been going for the Chicago White Sox lately, it was the latter.

Ramirez's high fly was a game-tying homer off Indians closer Joe Borowski. And the White Sox pulled out a 3-2 victory moments later when pinch-hitter DeWayne Wise singled, stole second and scored the game winner on Orlando Cabrera's RBI single.

"Everybody did their part," Cabrera said.

"A very good moment," Ramirez said through a translator. "I knew I hit it hard, but I hit it so high I really wasn't sure, so I just kept running. Until he jumped and it had landed, I didn't really know, wasn't sure."

Francisco initially thought he had a play.

"I went to the wall and I thought the ball was going to come right down to me," Francisco said. "And it blew over the fence."

Adam Russell (1-0) got his first major league win with one-third of an inning, striking out Franklin Gutierrez with two on in the top of the 10th.

Casey Blake had given Cleveland a 2-1 lead with a long homer to left off Matt Thornton in the top of the 10th, but the Indians faltered again in their disappointing season and fell 11½ games behind the first-place White Sox.

"It hurts. Maybe kind of doing it in that fashion stings a little more. But they're having a pretty special year," Blake said. "It kind of reminds me of how we were playing last year. It seems like we found a way to win all the time."

Borowski (1-3) blew his fourth save in 10 chances.

"In the position we're in trying to play catchup, you can't afford to let these games get away. ... We had an opportunity and I let it slip away," Borowski said.

Left-handers Cliff Lee of the Indians and John Danks of the White Sox dueled for eight innings and neither got the decision after a strong effort, leaving with the game tied 1-1.

Lee, who entered with an 11-1 record, gave up six hits and a run with one walk and three strikeouts. Danks allowed four hits and a run with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Kelly Shoppach led off the sixth with his sixth homer, ending Danks' scoreless innings streak at 16 and tying the game 1-1. Danks tied his career high in both innings pitched and strikeouts.

Danks was watching from the clubhouse with reliever Scott Linebrink when Ramirez's homer went over.

"To see that ball finally get out, it looked like he was going to have a chance to rob it," Danks said. "It was very dramatic. When it got out, Scott and I jumped up and high fived each other."

Chicago got to Lee for a run in the second when Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded following singles by Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome and a walk to Nick Swisher.

The White Sox threatened in the sixth when A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Quentin singled to start the inning but Dye hit into a double play and the rally fizzled.

"It's definitely frustrating to lose like that," Lee said. "It's a game that we had and we kind of let it get away from us at the end. But we still have a long season to go."


  • Shoppach has a 10-game hitting streak. His homer was the seventh Danks has allowed this season in 17 starts.
  • White Sox 1B Paul Konerko took some swings in the batting cage and said his strained left oblique felt better but remains unsure on when he will begin a rehab assignment.
  • White Sox seventh-round draft pick Jordan Danks, brother of Tuesday's starting pitcher, took batting practice before the game with manager Ozzie Guillen pitching. Guillen said Danks, who has yet to sign, showed some pop. Jordan Danks played at the University of Texas this season.
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Wise move: DeWayne Wise sets the South Side rocking when he scores on Orlando Cabrera's single. (AP)
Wise move: DeWayne Wise sets the South Side rocking when he scores on Orlando Cabrera's single. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

C. Blake
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Grady Sizemore, CF3000110 .261
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000010 .287
Ben Francisco, LF4000010 .280
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000030 .253
Casey Blake, 3B4131000 .287
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4010022 .278
Ryan Garko, 1B4010002 .242
Kelly Shoppach, C4121010 .255
Franklin Gutierrez, RF4000022 .222
2B - Casey Blake (20, Danks)
HR - Casey Blake (8, Thornton), Kelly Shoppach (6, Danks)
RBI - Casey Blake (47), Kelly Shoppach (18)
CS - Grady Sizemore (3, 2nd base by Danks/Pierzynski), Shin-Soo Choo (1, 2nd base by Danks/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Blake-Carroll-Garko, Blake-Carroll-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee 8611130 2.26
Rafael Betancourt 0.2000010 6.03
Rafael Perez 0.1000010 3.44
Joe Borowski (BS,4; L,1-3) 0.2322011 7.56
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 106-70, Rafael Betancourt 10-7, Rafael Perez 6-3, Joe Borowski 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 9-10, Joe Borowski 1-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Rafael Betancourt 2, Rafael Perez 1, Joe Borowski 5
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5011001 .273
A.J. Pierzynski, C4020000 .299
Carlos Quentin, LF4010011 .284
Jermaine Dye, RF4000011 .301
Jim Thome, DH4110011 .232
Joe Crede, 3B4010000 .268
Nick Swisher, 1B3000120 .237
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3112000 .295
Brian Anderson, CF3010012 .230
   a- Dewayne Wise, PH1110000 .323
a-singled for Anderson in the 10th
HR - Alexei Ramirez (6, Borowski)
SF - Alexei Ramirez (2)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (33), Alexei Ramirez 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (11), Alexei Ramirez (10)
SB - Dewayne Wise (4, 2nd base off Borowski/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 8411181 2.50
Scott Linebrink 1000000 1.32
Matt Thornton 0.2311021 2.51
Adam Russell (W,1-0) 0.1000010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 98-63, Scott Linebrink 12-7, Matt Thornton 24-17, Adam Russell 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 6-8
Batters Faced - John Danks 27, Scott Linebrink 3, Matt Thornton 5, Adam Russell 1
Game Information
Attendance - 25502
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper