Cleveland at Chicago

White Sox 9, Indians 6 wire reports

CHICAGO -- This time, Chris Sale had to rely on Chicago's lineup to get the win.

Conor Gillaspie had a career-high four RBIs, leading Sale and the White Sox to a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

Sale (3-0) pitched five innings in his first win against Cleveland since May 1, 2012. The All-Star left-hander allowed three runs and six hits while throwing 105 pitches.

Sale went 11-14 last year despite a 3.07 ERA. He also had four complete games, tying Tampa Bay star David Price for the AL lead.

But he got a boost from his offense in his third start of this season. Leadoff hitter Adam Eaton had two hits and scored three times as the White Sox picked up their ace on a sluggish night.

Chicago has scored 37 runs in its five home games this year.

"I think if we keep doing what we've been doing and making strides in the right direction we can be a force, be a great team," Sale said. "It's fun to watch, I got to watch a lot of it tonight unfortunately."

The White Sox have captured the first two games of their first series of the year against the Indians, who had a 17-2 record against Chicago last season. They play again on Saturday and Sunday.

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (0-2) was tagged for five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. It was another shaky start for the right-hander, who allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to Minnesota in his season debut.

Cleveland pitching issued nine walks, including walking in two runs.

Gillaspie hit a sacrifice fly in Chicago's two-run third inning, helping the White Sox build a 3-0 lead. Adam Dunn, who had two hits and walked twice, singled and scored on Alejandro De Aza's base hit in the fourth.

Sale, who went 0-4 with an 8.61 ERA in four starts against Cleveland in 2013, was unable to protect the lead. Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run double in the fifth, and then scored the tying run on Nick Swisher's single.

But Cleveland's pitching struggled throughout the game.

"When you score and tie it up, you gotta go back out and take charge of the game," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "They just kept scoring every inning."

The White Sox averaged 3.19 runs a game in Sale's starts last season.

"These guys are always tough on him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "They were tough on him last (year) and for whatever reason they can foul off a lot of pitches. They probably see something off of him. I don't know what it is. You don't see that many teams foul that much off. He got up there with a high pitch count."

The White Sox grabbed the lead for good in the fifth.

Gillaspie singled in Eaton, and Carrasco was lifted for Marc Rzepczynski after striking out Jose Abreu for the second out of the inning. Rzepczynski walked Dunn to load the bases and then walked in a run as Dayan Viciedo came back from an 0-2 count to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead.

"I thought Carlos in the fifth kind of slowed down his tempo, you could tell he was fighting some of his mechanics," Francona said. "That's when we went to Zep and tried to snuff that out. Nothing, we couldn't put up a zero the rest of the way."

Gillaspie committed an error in the sixth, allowing Michael Brantley to score, but he responded with a two-out, two-run double in the bottom half, making it 7-4. Alexei Ramirez added an RBI single for Chicago in the seventh.

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Nick Swisher, 1B4011112 .178
Jason Kipnis, 2B4010101 .205
Carlos Santana, 3B4200124 .194
Ryan Raburn, DH5011013 .276
Michael Brantley, CF4111111 .286
Yan Gomes, C4020011 .273
Mike Aviles, LF4121000 .200
Elliot Johnson, RF2110002 .091
   a-David Murphy, PH-RF0000100 .286
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   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
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   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000 .000
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a-walked for Johnson in the 8th
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (4, Sale), Elliot Johnson (1, Sale)
SH - Elliot Johnson (1)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (4), Nick Swisher (6), Ryan Raburn (2), Michael Brantley (7), Mike Aviles (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Raburn (1), Michael Brantley (3)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
Carlos Carrasco (L,0-2) 4.2655350 7.84
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1000210 0.00
Bryan Shaw 1322020 4.15
Chen-Chang Lee 1211010 3.86
Blake Wood 1011410 9.64
IBB - Abreu by Blake Wood
WP - Carlos Carrasco 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Carrasco 86-50, Marc Rzepczynski 13-5, Bryan Shaw 21-16, Chen-Chang Lee 20-17, Blake Wood 28-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Carrasco 4-4, Chen-Chang Lee 2-0, Blake Wood 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Carrasco 22, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Bryan Shaw 6, Chen-Chang Lee 5, Blake Wood 7
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Adam Eaton, CF3321210 .333
Marcus Semien, 2B3210222 .234
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3024100 .343
Jose Abreu, 1B4000125 .273
Adam Dunn, DH3221200 .240
Dayan Viciedo, RF3001102 .269
   Jordan Danks, RF1000013 .000
Alejandro De Aza, LF5011017 .167
Alexei Ramirez, SS4121010 .429
Tyler Flowers, C4110021 .419
Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
2B - Adam Eaton (2, Carrasco), Conor Gillaspie (4, Shaw), Adam Dunn (1, Lee)
SF - Conor Gillaspie (2)
RBI - Adam Eaton (8), Conor Gillaspie 4 (8), Adam Dunn (5), Dayan Viciedo (3), Alejandro De Aza (5), Alexei Ramirez (10)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Gillaspie 2 (4), Dayan Viciedo (2), Alexei Ramirez (3)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (3, 2nd base off Lee/Gomes)
PK - Alejandro De Aza (1, Carrasco)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Semien-A. Ramirez-Abreu
E - Conor Gillaspie (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
Chris Sale (W,3-0) 5633250 2.66
Jake Petricka (H,1) 2322130 3.86
Maikel Cleto (H,3) 1000100 0.00
Donnie Veal 1111100 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 105-64, Jake Petricka 39-26, Maikel Cleto 20-11, Donnie Veal 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 4-6, Jake Petricka 4-0, Maikel Cleto 1-1, Donnie Veal 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 23, Jake Petricka 11, Maikel Cleto 3, Donnie Veal 5
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Attendance - 13605
Game Time - 3:28
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi