Tribe rallies to beat White Sox 4-3
Swisher's late-inning heroics lift Indians for second straight night
CHICAGO -- Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher drove in the tie-breaking run for the second straight game as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox for the third time in 24 hours, 4-3 Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Indians have won nine of their last 12 games and trail the Detroit Tigers by 1.5 games in the American League Central, pending the outcome of Detroit vs. Tampa Bay.
With Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis on first and second following back-to-back singles in the eighth, Swisher singled past reliever Jesse Crain to score Cabrera from second. Crain (2-3, 0.74) allowed his first earned run since April 12. He had not allowed an earned run for 30 outings before Saturday.
Swisher's RBI-single would be the game-winning hit--the second for Swisher in as many games. Swisher hit a solo home run in the ninth inning of the second game of Friday's double header.
The Indians picked up their other three runs via the long ball. Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth, Cabrera blasted a solo shot to right off White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod. The homer the Cabrera's sixth of the season.
After falling behind 3-1 in the fifth, Kipnis-the Tribe's hottest hitter--connected on a booming, two-run homer off Axelrod to tie the game at three.
Kipnis finished the game 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two runs driven in. He has now reached base 55 times in his last 22 games and is hitting .419 in the month of June.
Ubaldo Jimenez was shaky in five innings of work, but kept the Indians in the game. He allowed three earned runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out eight. Two of three runs scored in the fifth, an inning in which Jimenez allowed five base runners.
Joe Martinez (1-0, 0.00) pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings to pick up the win in his first major league appearance of the season. The 30-year-old had posted a 2-6 record with a 6.23 ERA at Triple-A Columbus before being summoned as an extra arm in the bullpen. He allowed just two hits while striking out one.
The Indians will look to get a rare four-game sweep against Chicago on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. Justin Masterson (9-6, 3.76) will look to move into double digit wins before the All-Star Break against White Sox ace Chris Sale (5-6, 2.75).
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.
The injured players returning to action has been huge. Asdrubal hit a HR. Swisher knocked in the winning run. Rage got the save. Just like they diagrammed it before the season started.
Now they have to figure out what to do with the rotation when McAllister is ready to pitch. My guess is Carrasco goes down.