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Indians 11, White Sox 2

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CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera has become the Cleveland Indians' best offensive shortstop in more than 60 years.

Cabrera drove in five runs and Jeanmar Gomez won his fifth straight start for Cleveland as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Thursday night to remain in second place in the AL Central.

Cabrera hit a three-run homer and two-run single, tying his career-high for RBI and giving him 92 for the season. That's the most by an Indians shortstop since Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau drove in 106 on the way to winning AL MVP honors and leading Cleveland to its last World Series title -- in 1948.

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"It's remarkable what he's been doing," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "What a night! This guy has been putting together some really good numbers."

Cabrera's seventh-inning homer put Cleveland ahead 8-2 and was his 25th of the year, one more than the previous club record for a shortstop by Jhonny Peralta in 2005.

"I'm excited and pretty happy about that," said Cabrera, who entered this year with 18 homers in 387 career games. "I don't think too much about [getting 100 RBI]. I'll just do the best I can and after the season see what numbers I get."

Travis Hafner reached a milestone number, too, singling for his 1,000th career hit, and Kosuke Fukudome added three RBI as Cleveland moved 1½ games ahead of the White Sox.

Hafner, in and out of the lineup due to a series of injuries the past four seasons, was grateful for the fan ovation after being replaced by pinch-runner Cord Phelps following his single.

"It was a very special moment," Hafner said. "I never thought about it until somebody said before the game I had 999. Then I thought about guys getting 3,000 hits. That's 200 for 15 years, just mind-boggling."

Gomez (5-2) gave up one earned run and four hits over six innings. Since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

"We're not handing out jobs in September, but he's put himself in the mix," Acta said of Gomez's chances of joining the Indians' rotation in 2012. "He threw well."

Fukudome's two-out, two-run single off Phillip Humber (9-9) in the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie.

Fukudome drove Humber's second pitch of the game over the wall in right for his fifth homer. Four pitches later, Jason Kipnis hit his seventh for a 2-0 lead.

"I have never had that happen to me, the first two batters of the game going deep," Humber said.

It was the fourth time in Indians history and only the second time at home that Cleveland opened a game with two homers. Graig Nettles and Vada Pinson did it on June 19, 1971, at old Cleveland Stadium.

An error by Cabrera at shortstop helped Chicago tie it at 2 in the fifth.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Juan Pierre singled home Alejandro De Aza. Cabrera took the throw from right fielder Fukudome and threw wildly trying to get Brent Morel at third. Third baseman Jack Hannahan tracked down the ball and fired home, but Morel slid in safely with an unearned run.

The White Sox almost caught a break in the bottom half. Humber had retired 14 straight until Hannahan drew a two-out walk and apparently scored on a slicing drive down the left-field line by Ezequiel Carrera that looked like an RBI triple. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen argued that a fan reached over a railing and touched the ball. The umpires huddled, agreed, and sent Hannahan back to third, ruling that Carrera got a ground-rule double.

Fukudome's soft line drive to left scored them both anyway.

Humber gave up seven runs and eight hits over six innings.

"He made a couple of bad pitches," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He got ahead in the count and left a couple of balls up and it hurt him. Most of the time he has been out there he has given us a chance to win."

Notes

Chicago won the season series 11-7. ... White Sox SS Omar Vizquel and Cleveland DH Jim Thome exchanged the lineup cards -- a first for both former Indians teammates who have a combined 44 seasons and 5,388 games in the majors. "I hope it's not the last time we see these guys on the same field somewhere," Guillen said. "The next stop for both is the Hall of Fame, but they can still play." ... The Indians will salute Thome on Friday for surpassing 600 career homers and his other contributions. Before Thursday's game, Acta said the 41-year-old Thome would start at DH in Hafner's place Friday. "Even if Hafner hits three homers tonight, Jimmy is playing," Acta said. "Well, maybe three homers would change my mind." ... The last time the Indians hit two homers to open a game, Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake did it in Kansas City on May 23, 2007. ... RHP Justin Masterson (12-10) will oppose RHP Carl Pavano (8-13) on Friday night when Cleveland opens a four-game home series against Minnesota. ... The White Sox open a three-game series at home against Kansas City on Friday with RHP Zach Stewart (2-5) facing Royals LHP Bruce Chen (11-8).

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

A. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Cleveland

K. Fukudome
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4021001 .285
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000013 .269
   a- Eduardo Escobar, PH-SS1000000 .333
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000000 .289
Alex Rios, CF4010010 .224
Adam Dunn, DH4000011 .164
Dayan Viciedo, 1B3000101 .268
Alejandro De Aza, RF1100300 .326
Brent Morel, 3B3110113 .255
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000006 .229
Totals3124154  
a-grounded out for A. Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Juan Pierre (49)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (22)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Kinney-Beckham-Viciedo
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber (L,9-9) 6877242 3.86
Addison Reed 1322021 3.68
Josh Kinney 1122210 6.62
HBP - Kipnis (by Josh Kinney)
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 100-67, Addison Reed 20-13, Josh Kinney 21-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 10-4, Josh Kinney 1-0
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 28, Addison Reed 6, Josh Kinney 6
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kosuke Fukudome, RF4223122 .267
Jason Kipnis, 2B4111013 .292
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5135000 .276
Travis Hafner, DH4110001 .280
    Cord Phelps, PR-DH1100001 .138
Carlos Santana, C4010011 .238
Grady Sizemore, CF4011011 .224
    Trevor Crowe, LF0000000 .222
Matt LaPorta, 1B4011011 .239
Jack Hannahan, 3B2200212 .243
Ezequiel Carrera, LF-CF3320100 .256
Totals3511121147  
Batting
2B - Travis Hafner (15, Reed), Ezequiel Carrera (8, Humber)
HR - Kosuke Fukudome (8, Humber), Jason Kipnis (7, Humber), Asdrubal Cabrera (25, Reed)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 3 (34), Jason Kipnis (17), Asdrubal Cabrera 5 (92), Grady Sizemore (32), Matt LaPorta (49)
2-OUT RBI - Kosuke Fukudome 2 (14), Grady Sizemore (11), Matt LaPorta (16)
SB - Ezequiel Carrera (10, 2nd base off Humber/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (15, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeanmar Gomez (W,5-2) 6421230 3.52
Joe Smith (H,16) 1000100 1.82
Zach Putnam 1000000 8.31
Corey Kluber 1000210 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeanmar Gomez 86-52, Joe Smith 13-6, Zach Putnam 10-7, Corey Kluber 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeanmar Gomez 8-7, Joe Smith 1-2, Zach Putnam 2-1, Corey Kluber 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeanmar Gomez 24, Joe Smith 4, Zach Putnam 3, Corey Kluber 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21487
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Marty Foster