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Pavano wins third consecutive start as Indians down White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Carl Pavano threw strikes and his Cleveland Indians teammates struck quickly at the plate.

Pavano won his third consecutive start and the Indians scored in the first inning for the first time this month as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

"It finally felt like a real baseball game," said Cleveland third baseman Mark DeRosa. "Any win right now is big."

Pavano (3-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his first appearance against the White Sox in nearly five years. The right-hander didn't issue a walk and struck out three.

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"He controlled the game and it was good to see," Indians manager Eric Wedge said of Pavano, who threw 67 of 87 pitches for strikes.

Shin-Soo Choo and Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs apiece for Cleveland, which totaled 13 hits and scored three more runs than it did during its four-game slide.

Chicago lost for the seventh time in nine games as Gavin Floyd (2-3) gave up eight runs and 11 hits in five innings. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.73 ERA in four starts since April 19.

Floyd did not throw a first-pitch strike to the first 11 batters he faced. Pavano was 10-for-10 until Brent Lillibridge let an outside pitch go past for ball one.

"In the big leagues, if you don't throw a strike, I don't care how good you are, you're going to get killed," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He couldn't throw his curve for strikes because he couldn't throw his fastball for strikes. You have to command your fastball to make the other pitches work."

Floyd said he needs to follow Pavano's example of being aggressive.

"I need to get ahead and attack guys," the right-hander said. "I'm trying to hit corners and be perfect with everything instead of just going after people and make them put the ball in play."

The last time Pavano faced Chicago, he pitched a three-hit shutout on June 16, 2004, for Florida on the way to an 18-8 record. He signed a four-year contract worth nearly $40 million with the New York Yankees, but spent most of his time on the disabled list and had only nine victories before getting a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Cleveland in January.

"The guys played great behind me and scored runs early, but personally I'm disappointed," Pavano said. "I needed to go deeper. This is a game that I should have kept the bullpen out of it.

"I got some pitches up later in the game and got hit, but each game I go out there, I've felt stronger."

The Indians built a 6-0 lead through four innings despite wasting some scoring chances. They had runners at second and third with one out in a two-run first and left them stranded. They had two on with no outs in the second and didn't score.

Choo had an RBI single and DeRosa an RBI double in Cleveland's two-run first.

Choo's bases-loaded single scored two to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Floyd then hit DeRosa in the left forearm with a pitch to reload the bases and Peralta followed with a two-run single to center.

"I was more aggressive," Choo said. "The last few games, I was looking for walks. Tonight, I tried to make it simple -- see the ball, hit the ball."

Notes

  • White Sox OF Scott Podsednik is expected to return to the club Tuesday following the birth of his daughter, Peytra, on Sunday.
  • A.J. Pierzynski is hitting .441 (15-for-34) with eight RBI during his past nine games.
  • Peralta had three hits for the third time in his past five games and is 10-for-23 (.435) over that span.
  • White Sox LHP Clayton Richard is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Tuesday. Guillen moved Richard up one day to give LHP Mark Buehrle an extra day of rest.
 
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Shin-Soo Choo contributes two of Cleveland's 13 hits and knocks in three runs.  (AP)
Shin-Soo Choo contributes two of Cleveland's 13 hits and knocks in three runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Chris Getz, 2B5000015 .274
Brent Lillibridge, CF4010010 .169
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000001 .281
Carlos Quentin, LF4000013 .237
Jermaine Dye, RF4010000 .292
Jim Thome, DH4120010 .212
Paul Konerko, 1B4230001 .307
A.J. Pierzynski, C4121002 .301
Josh Fields, 3B3021112 .255
Alexei Ramirez, SS4012002 .200
Totals37412415  
a-flied out for Lillibridge in the 9th
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (3, Pavano)
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (10), Josh Fields (12), Alexei Ramirez 2 (13)
CS - Chris Getz (1, 2nd base by Pavano/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (L,2-3) 51188330 7.32
Jimmy Gobble 0.1211010 27.00
Lance Broadway 2.2000120 3.72
HBP - DeRosa (by Gavin Floyd)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 107-58, Jimmy Gobble 9-5, Lance Broadway 27-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 5-7, Lance Broadway 3-3
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 30, Jimmy Gobble 3, Lance Broadway 9
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5110013 .226
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4220102 .325
Victor Martinez, 1B4311113 .372
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4123111 .273
Mark DeRosa, 3B4121001 .246
Jhonny Peralta, SS5033023 .246
Dave Dellucci, DH3000005 .242
   a- Ryan Garko, PH-DH0001000 .274
Ben Francisco, LF4010001 .247
Kelly Shoppach, C3110110 .224
Totals36913946  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Dellucci in the 6th
Batting
2B - Mark DeRosa (8, Floyd), Ben Francisco (5, Floyd)
SF - Ryan Garko (2)
RBI - Victor Martinez (20), Shin-Soo Choo 3 (17), Mark DeRosa (22), Jhonny Peralta 3 (13), Ryan Garko (12)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo 2 (7), Jhonny Peralta 2 (4)
SB - Asdrubal Cabrera (6, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Peralta-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
Carl Pavano (W,3-3) 6.11044030 6.45
Aaron Laffey 1.2200020 3.38
Rafael Betancourt 1000100 5.19
Pitches-Strikes - Carl Pavano 86-67, Aaron Laffey 27-17, Rafael Betancourt 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carl Pavano 7-7, Aaron Laffey 2-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-2
Batters Faced - Carl Pavano 27, Aaron Laffey 7, Rafael Betancourt 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14567
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - James Hoye