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White Sox 7, Indians 2

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CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham has been waiting for his breakout offensive game.

The White Sox second baseman went 3 for 4 and also hit his first home run of the season and had two RBI to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-2 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.

Beckham's breakthrough came on a murky night that began with a lengthy rain delay and played under occasional light fog at U.S. Cellular Field.

"[Beckham] swung well, it's part of believing in yourself and keep working at it," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "He hasn't gone down that path of not believing in himself.

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"He's just looked better the last few times he's gone to the plate. ... Now you build off that."

Left-handed starter Chris Sale (3-1) also had a solid night. He worked six innings, gave up one earned run, walked one and struck out three before left-handed reliever Will Ohman entered in the seventh.

Sale was pleased with the offensive support.

"The way they swung the bats tonight was fun to watch," he said. "The funnest part of tonight was watching him [Beckham] completely go off."

Now hitting .190, Beckham was mired in 0-for-10 slide and was batting .153 before he belted a solo home run in the third to give Chicago a 2-1 lead. He also singled in a run in the fifth.

A.J. Pierzynski also had a solo home run for Chicago.

Shelley Duncan connected for Cleveland, snapping the team's 11-game homerless streak.

Steady rain postponed the start 56 minutes, but storms had passed through by early evening and the game started under cloudy, but dry conditions.

Beckham sparked a four-run third inning with his leadoff drive on a 3-1 pitch from Ubaldo Jimenez. Paul Konerko made it 3-1 with a bases-loaded walk, Alex Rios drove in a run with a fielder's choice and Dayan Viciedo had an RBI infield single

"We just didn't play good defense, period," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "We didn't catch the ball in the air, we didn't catch the ball on the ground, we didn't cover the bases when we had to, plain and simple. We can't afford to play that kind of defense with the offense we have."

Jimenez (2-2) walked six in 4 2/3 innings, and allowed seven runs, four earned, and eight hits.

Duncan hit a solo drive off Ohman in the seventh. Duncan also doubled and scored on Jason Kipnis' two-out double in the second, giving Cleveland a 1-0 lead.

Pierzynski then hit his fifth home run in the bottom half, driving an 0-2 pitch over the wall in right.

The Indians loaded the bases in the ninth, but Hector Santiago got Lou Marson to ground out to end the game.

Duncan and Kipnis each had two hits for the Indians.

Outfielder Johnny Damon joined the Indians in Chicago on Tuesday and is likely to be in Wednesday's lineup.

"The plan was for him to spend a day with his teammates here, take batting practice and then start the game tomorrow," Acta said.

The Indians said they had purchased Damon's contract on Tuesday and made roster room by designating infielder Jose Lopez for assignment.

Now in his 18th major-league season, Damon has 2,723 hits and a .286 career batting average. He is ranked third among active players in runs scored (1,643).

The 38-year-old Damon, who signed with the Indians last month, has spent the past few weeks at the club's facility in Goodyear, Ariz.

Notes

Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (1-2, 5.48 ERA) is scheduled to pitch Wednesday's game against Philip Humber (1-1, 4.66 ERA). Humber threw a perfect game on April 21 against Seattle and struggled in a 10-3 loss against Boston last week.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

C. Sale
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 3
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Brantley, CF4000002 .238
Jason Donald, 3B4000001 .184
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000001 .284
Carlos Santana, 1B4000010 .246
Travis Hafner, DH4000020 .277
Shelley Duncan, LF3221100 .250
Jason Kipnis, 2B4031000 .280
Aaron Cunningham, RF3010122 .250
Lou Marson, C3000105 .083
Totals3326235  
Batting
2B - Shelley Duncan (2, Sale), Jason Kipnis (2, Sale)
HR - Shelley Duncan (3, Ohman)
RBI - Shelley Duncan (9), Jason Kipnis (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kipnis (9)
SB - Jason Kipnis (5, 2nd base off Sale/Pierzynski)
CS - Michael Brantley (3, 2nd base by Sale/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jimenez-A. Cabrera-Santana
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (2, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Santana (2, Dropped fly)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (L,2-2) 4.2874612 5.02
Jairo Asencio 2.1000020 5.93
Nick Hagadone 1000000 1.69
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 105-54, Jairo Asencio 31-21, Nick Hagadone 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 7-6, Jairo Asencio 3-3, Nick Hagadone 1-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Jairo Asencio 8, Nick Hagadone 3
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF3210201 .250
Alexei Ramirez, SS5111003 .207
Adam Dunn, 1B3100210 .222
Paul Konerko, DH3001102 .369
A.J. Pierzynski, C4111005 .306
Alex Rios, RF4001000 .295
Dayan Viciedo, LF3011120 .211
Brent Morel, 3B4110004 .182
Gordon Beckham, 2B4132001 .190
Totals3378763  
Batting
2B - Alejandro De Aza (7, Jimenez)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (5, Jimenez), Gordon Beckham (1, Jimenez)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez (7), Paul Konerko (16), A.J. Pierzynski (18), Alex Rios (9), Dayan Viciedo (5), Gordon Beckham 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Dayan Viciedo (4), Gordon Beckham (1)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (3, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson), Alex Rios (2, 2nd base off Asencio/Marson), Brent Morel (3, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Chris Sale (1, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (W,3-1) 6311130 2.81
Will Ohman 0.2111001 6.43
Zach Stewart 1.1100000 2.84
Hector Santiago 1100220 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 88-62, Will Ohman 10-7, Zach Stewart 24-14, Hector Santiago 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 9-6, Will Ohman 2-0, Zach Stewart 3-1, Hector Santiago 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 22, Will Ohman 3, Zach Stewart 5, Hector Santiago 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15212
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster