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Jimenez keeps Cleveland alive in AL wild-card race

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Ubaldo Jimenez is doing his part to keep the Cleveland Indians in the playoff hunt.

Jimenez pitched 8 1/3 strong innings and Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall homered to lead Cleveland to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night that helped the Indians keep pace in the AL wild-card race.

Jimenez (12-9) scattered eight hits and struck out eight to win his third straight start, falling just two outs shy of his ninth career complete game and fourth shutout. The last time he did both was on June 1, 2011 with Colorado.

"I was looking for my first shutout in the American League," Jimenez said. "I was able to establish my fastball down. Even when they got runners on base, I was able to get everything down for ground balls."

The right-hander walked only one before being relieved by Chen-Chang Lee with one out and two on in the ninth. Chicago scored its lone run in the final inning on Josh Phegley's sac fly -- the first earned run charged to Jimenez in his last three outings.

Jimenez is 4-2 in his last six starts, and through 40 innings he has allowed eight runs and struck out 50.

And that's been a big boost for the Indians, especially with ace Justin Masterson on the disabled list.

"Whether you have Masterson sidelined or not, when (Jimenez) takes the ball right now, he's legit kind of top-of-the-league stuff," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "You look at his numbers since a couple months now, it's pretty damn good."

Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Chisenhall added a three-run shot in a five-run fourth inning that powered the Indians to their 11th straight win against Chicago and third in a row overall to improve to 80-68. Texas, at 81-66, holds one wild-card spot and Tampa Bay at 80-66 has the other.

"Everything counts right now," Jimenez said. "You never know what game is going to make the difference."

Cleveland's Carlos Santana went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs with a single in the sixth.

Chicago starter Andre Rienzo (2-2) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks. Rienzo was called up on July 30 and has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts.

The White Sox, last in the AL Central, have lost five straight and 14 of 16. They managed to get more than one man on base only twice against Jimenez, in the third and ninth.

"I saw the stats flash a couple of nights ago where they are .500 against the league and then like (14-2) against us now," said Phegley, who went 3 for 3. "We've single-handedly put them in the playoff race basically."

Rienzo pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the first by striking out Michael Brantley and getting Cabrera to ground out.

The Indians batted around and took a 5-0 lead in the fourth.

With one out and Santana on first, Cabrera lofted his 13th homer to right to make it 2-0. After Jason Giambi walked and Yan Gomes singled, Chisenhall launched his 10th.

Rienzo was relieved by Charlie Leesman after walking Carlos Santana to open the fifth.

Santana made it 7-0 by driving in Chisenhall and Michael Bourne off Leesman in the sixth. Ryan Raburn drove in a run with a sac fly in the ninth off Addison Reed.

Notes

Rienzo and Gomes are the only two Brazilians in the majors. Rienzo is the first Brazilian pitcher in MLB. ... RHP Masterson, who leads the team with 14 wins, did not throw Saturday after playing long-toss on two previous days. He's expected to throw again Sunday. ... Francona is sticking to the "one game at time" approach when asked about the Indians chances of grabbing a playoff spot. "Logic says this probably going to go down near the wire," he said. "I think we just need to worry about winning tonight." ... White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn, who is 3 for his last 34, was held out of the lineup on Saturday and manager Robin Ventura said 1B/DH Paul Konerko would rest on Sunday. ... Cleveland RHP Zach McAllister (7-9) is scheduled to face White Sox LHP and ace Chris Sale (11-12) in Sunday's finale.

 
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Players of the Game
Cleveland

C. Santana
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Cleveland

U. Jimenez
IP 8.1
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3110220 .260
Nick Swisher, RF4010104 .242
   Matt Carson, PR-RF0000000 .600
Jason Kipnis, 2B4010101 .282
Carlos Santana, 1B4132101 .268
Michael Brantley, LF5000036 .273
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4112024 .235
   a-Jose Ramirez, PH-SS1110000 .333
Jason Giambi, DH1100100 .185
   b-Ryan Raburn, PH-DH1001110 .285
Yan Gomes, C4110112 .300
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4223001 .229
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
Totals35811889  
a-tripled for A. Cabrera in the 9th
b-walked for Giambi in the 5th
Batting
3B - Jose Ramirez (1, Reed)
HR - Asdrubal Cabrera (13, Rienzo), Lonnie Chisenhall (10, Rienzo)
SF - Ryan Raburn (1)
RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (67), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (57), Ryan Raburn (53), Lonnie Chisenhall 3 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Santana 2 (32)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Chisenhall-Kipnis-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,12-9) 8.1811180 3.49
Chen-Chang Lee 0.2100010 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 105-73, Chen-Chang Lee 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 6-10
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 33, Chen-Chang Lee 3
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4000023 .261
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000013 .267
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010112 .282
Paul Konerko, 1B4000012 .247
Avisail Garcia, RF4110010 .276
Conor Gillaspie, DH4020010 .255
Dayan Viciedo, LF4010011 .261
Josh Phegley, C3031000 .225
Marcus Semien, 3B4010014 .304
Andre Rienzo, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Leesman, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
   Addison Reed, P0000000 .000
Totals3419119  
Batting
2B - Josh Phegley (6, Jimenez)
SF - Josh Phegley (2)
RBI - Josh Phegley (21)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andre Rienzo (L,2-2) 4755422 5.04
Charlie Leesman 2222220 7.43
Daniel Webb 1000120 6.75
Donnie Veal 1100110 5.25
Addison Reed 1111020 3.63
WP - Charlie Leesman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Andre Rienzo 82-44, Charlie Leesman 40-23, Daniel Webb 17-10, Donnie Veal 19-10, Addison Reed 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andre Rienzo 4-5, Charlie Leesman 2-2, Daniel Webb 1-0, Donnie Veal 1-0
Batters Faced - Andre Rienzo 22, Charlie Leesman 10, Daniel Webb 4, Donnie Veal 4, Addison Reed 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28024
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg