Chicago at Cleveland

W: J. Masterson (1-0) L: J. Danks (0-1)
HR: CHW - None   CLE - O. Cabrera (1)

Cabrera's two-run homer helps Indians get first win wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Justin Masterson yelled out two and got three outs.

Masterson pitched seven solid innings and yelled instructions to his teammates during the majors' first triple play of the season, helping the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 7-1 on Sunday for their first win.

"I was thinking double play in that situation, but I'll take three outs on one pitch," he said. "I thought for a moment and yelled, 'Two, two, two,' meaning to throw it to second base, too."

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Orlando Cabrera assisted on the game-changing play in the fourth inning and hit a two-run homer off John Danks (0-1) in the sixth to give Cleveland a 2-1 lead -- its first advantage in 24 innings this year against the White Sox.

"You don't win or lose a division in the first week or even the first month," Cabrera said after Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep. "But getting that first win is always huge. The triple play got us going."

Carlos Santana started the triple play in his first major league game at first base. Santana, normally a catcher, made a diving catch on Alexei Ramirez's bunt with two runners in motion. He threw to first to double off A.J. Pierzynski. Second baseman Orlando Cabrera took the throw and tossed to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to catch Carlos Quentin off second base.

"It was an amazing play by Carlos," Orlando Cabrera said.

It was Cleveland's first triple play since Asdrubal Cabrera's unassisted one against Toronto on May 12, 2008. Chicago had not hit into a triple play since April 22, 1978, at Toronto.

"The game changed with the bunt," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It totally changed. If we put the ball down with the bunt, maybe it's a different ballgame.

"Everybody was hung out to dry. I didn't know what to do. I was screaming from the bench, but I don't know what I was saying."

Masterson (1-0) allowed one run and seven hits. Two of the hits were singles by former Cleveland star shortstop Omar Vizquel, giving him 2,801 for his career.

Masterson recorded 16 outs on ground balls. The right-hander walked two and did not strike out a batter.

"I'll take groundouts any day," Masterson said.

Tony Sipp pitched the eighth and Chris Perez finished for Cleveland, which was outscored 23-13 in the first two games of the series.

"As usual, it was about pitching," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "Justin did a tremendous job. He threw 17 out of 29 first-pitch strikes and got a lot of guys to put that sinker on the ground."

The attendance of 8,726 was the lowest for a game at Progressive Field, which opened in 1994. It was 1,127 fewer than the previous low on Saturday.

Paul Konerko hit an RBI single in the third inning for Chicago.

Cabrera's homer, his first since signing with Cleveland as a free agent this winter, gave the Indians their first lead of the season. Cleveland fell behind 14-0 on Friday before falling 15-10, then lost 8-3 on Saturday.

The Indians added two more in the seventh. Lou Marson hit an RBI double off Will Ohman and Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a sacrifice fly.

Pinch-hitter Shelley Duncan hit a two-run single off Matt Thornton in Cleveland's three-run eighth.

Danks struck out eight in six effective innings, yielding two runs and six hits with one walk.


  • Cleveland released minor league OF Preston Mattingly, son of Dodgers manager and former Yankees star Don Mattingly.
  • Danks had visited a dentist on Saturday with a root canal problem, but insisted on starting.
  • Indians OF Grady Sizemore (left knee surgery in June) and RHP Joe Smith (abdominal strain) are on the disabled list, but will play in an exhibition game Monday in Akron between two Cleveland farm teams.
  • Chicago has scored 20 of its 24 runs in the first four innings this year.
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Cleveland's Orlando Cabrera runs after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning. (AP)
Cleveland's Orlando Cabrera runs after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

O. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

J. Danks
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 8

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Chicago White Sox
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Gordon Beckham, 2B3000001 .455
Adam Dunn, DH3010112 .400
Paul Konerko, 1B4011003 .364
Alex Rios, CF4000012 .000
Carlos Quentin, RF3010100 .545
A.J. Pierzynski, C4020001 .385
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000004 .154
Omar Vizquel, 3B3120000 .667
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (1, Masterson)
SH - Juan Pierre (1)
RBI - Paul Konerko (3)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (1)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago White Sox
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Will Ohman 1.1233110 27.00
Philip Humber0222000 0.00
Matt Thornton 0.2100100 0.00
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 4-6, Will Ohman 2-1, Matt Thornton 1-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 25, Will Ohman 7, Philip Humber 2, Matt Thornton 4
Cleveland Indians
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Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4001024 .231
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3000110 .083
Carlos Santana, 1B4020011 .462
Travis Hafner, DH4210012 .385
Orlando Cabrera, 2B4232011 .417
Travis Buck, LF4110001 .250
Jack Hannahan, 3B2100121 .364
   a- Shelley Duncan, PH10120001.000
    Adam Everett, 3B0000000 .000
Lou Marson, C3121100 .667
a-singled for Hannahan in the 8th
2B - Lou Marson (1, Ohman)
HR - Orlando Cabrera (1, Danks)
SF - Michael Brantley (1), Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
SH - Michael Brantley (1)
RBI - Michael Brantley (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (1), Orlando Cabrera 2 (4), Shelley Duncan 2 (2), Lou Marson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
E - Jack Hannahan (1, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
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Tony Sipp (H,1) 1000020 0.00
Chris Perez 1000000 0.00
HBP - Beckham (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 98-63, Tony Sipp 9-7, Chris Perez 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 16-3, Chris Perez 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 29, Tony Sipp 3, Chris Perez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 8726
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt