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White Sox sweep Indians on Sierra's walk-off hit in ninth

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CHICAGO -- Hector Noesi made the request and eventually got the result he wanted from Moises Sierra.

That was a victory for the Chicago White Sox. Noesi's search for a victory continues.

Sierra drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning, and the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

"I think it was in the sixth inning I told him, 'You've got to do something for me,' " Noesi said. "He did it in the last inning."

Noesi and Cleveland's T.J. House each delivered dominant starts. The Indians' Jason Giambi hit his 440th home run, but the White Sox came away with their seventh victory in 10 games.

Cleveland had only scored a run in the top of the ninth off Ronald Belisario (3-3) when the White Sox answered in the bottom half against Bryan Shaw (1-1).

Third baseman Mike Aviles bounced the throw to first on Tyler Flowers' leadoff grounder. Pinch-runner Leury Garcia stole second and moved up on a fly by Marcus Semien before Sierra lined a 3-2 pitch to right for the winning single, teammates mobbing him around first base.

"I've done that in the minor leagues before," Sierra said. "But never in the major leagues and I'm very happy and very thankful for that."

It all happened after a botched throw on a routine play.

"Routine ground ball, play that's gotta be made, and I didn't make it," Aviles said.

The White Sox took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Adam Dunn drove in Gordon Beckham with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Cody Allen, but Belisario couldn't hold it in the ninth.

Michael Brantley drove a leadoff single off the pitcher's right hip, and the problems just mounted from there.

The Indians caught a break when Adam Dunn overthrew second after fielding Jason Kipnis' grounder to first. With two out, Belisario intentionally walked Giambi before Brantley scored on Yan Gomes' single, barely sliding in ahead of a strike from Sierra in right to tie it at 2.

The blown save was the third in six chances for Belisario.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead on Giambi's solo home run off Noesi in the second. But Chicago tied it in the seventh when Dunn singled leading off against House and scored on a two-out base hit by Semien against Scott Atchison.

Noesi, meanwhile, dominated over 7 1/3 innings but still is seeking his first win in more than two years.

"He's really transitioned well from going as the long guy in the bullpen to being a starter," manager Robin Ventura said. "I think he's gotten a better feel for some different pitches just because now he's going through the lineup a couple times and he's able to get a feel for it instead of being in there for an inning or an inning and a half."

He gave up one run and five hits while striking out five without a walk. But the winless streak continued.

The right-hander is 0-4 in six starts and 12 appearances this season with Seattle, Texas and Chicago and 0-14 in his past 40 games. His most recent win? That was when he beat Minnesota while with Seattle on May 6, 2012.

House gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out eight while walking one. He left with a 1-0 lead after giving up back-to-back singles to Dunn and Alexei Ramirez, who was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.

"On a night that we're going home pretty frustrated that was about an encouraging a start as you'll see," manager Terry Francona said. "He was really good."

Notes

The White Sox have not decided if slugger Jose Abreu (left ankle tendinitis) will need rehab at-bats, although he is on course to return from the disabled list when he's eligible. "As of right now, there is not a plan for him to go out," Ventura said. He doesn't expect Abreu to be limited when he returns. ... Francona said RHP Zach McAllister (lower back strain) will throw Friday on the field at Progressive Field, possibly in a simulated-game setting. McAllister was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday and threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday. ... Francona said INF Nick Swisher (left knee) was examined and "structurally, he's pretty good" and had injections in both knees. "I think that the initial view is that it won't be an extended DL," Francona said. ... With Kipnis activated from the 15-day disabled list, INF Justin Sellers was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

 
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White Sox teammates embrace Moises Sierra after he delivers his first walk-off hit as a big-leaguer.  (USATSI)
White Sox teammates embrace Moises Sierra after he delivers his first walk-off hit as a big-leaguer. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF3010021 .284
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000003 .246
Michael Brantley, LF4120000 .310
Jason Kipnis, 2B4000012 .224
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B-1B4000001 .358
Jason Giambi, DH3111100 .136
   Josh Tomlin, PR-DH0000000 .000
Yan Gomes, C4011010 .265
David Murphy, RF4010002 .268
Jesus Aguilar, 1B3010011 .182
   Mike Aviles, PR-3B0000000 .266
T.J. House, P0000000 .000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
Totals3327215  
Batting
HR - Jason Giambi (2, Noesi)
SH - Michael Bourn (2)
RBI - Jason Giambi (4), Yan Gomes (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (1), Yan Gomes (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1
E - Mike Aviles (2, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
T.J. House 6.1511180 4.05
Scott Atchison (BS,1) 0.2100000 1.50
Cody Allen 0.2111200 3.38
Bryan Shaw (L,1-1) 0.2110000 1.46
Pitches-Strikes - T.J. House 87-60, Scott Atchison 11-7, Cody Allen 25-11, Bryan Shaw 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T.J. House 8-2, Scott Atchison 2-0, Bryan Shaw 2-1
Batters Faced - T.J. House 24, Scott Atchison 3, Cody Allen 5, Bryan Shaw 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4000022 .267
Gordon Beckham, 2B3110100 .297
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4010021 .352
Dayan Viciedo, LF3010110 .284
   Alejandro De Aza, PR-LF0000000 .177
Adam Dunn, 1B3111002 .238
Alexei Ramirez, SS4020002 .327
Tyler Flowers, C4000011 .293
   Leury Garcia, PR0100000 .217
Marcus Semien, DH3011111 .224
Moises Sierra, RF4011013 .179
Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Totals3238338  
Batting
SF - Adam Dunn (3)
RBI - Adam Dunn (23), Marcus Semien (18), Moises Sierra (6)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Semien (12)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (10, 2nd base off House/Gomes), Leury Garcia (6, 2nd base off Shaw/Gomes)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi 7.1511051 5.83
Javy Guerra 0.2000000 3.38
Ronald Belisario (W,3-3; BS,3) 1211100 5.10
IBB - Giambi by Ronald Belisario
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 96-67, Javy Guerra 2-2, Ronald Belisario 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 4-13, Javy Guerra 2-0, Ronald Belisario 1-2
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 27, Javy Guerra 2, Ronald Belisario 6
Game Information
Attendance - 14228
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Ed Hickox