Donald's hit in 12th lifts Indians over White Sox
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Donald got the game-winning hit.
He was more excited about Travis Hafner's home run that sent Cleveland into extra innings.
Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting the Indians over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night. Hafner tied it with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth.
"I'm happy to win it, but how about Hafner?," Donald said after Cleveland's sixth walkoff win. "You almost wouldn't expect anything else. Whether it was his last homer here or not, it was so cool."
Hafner is scheduled to play in Wednesday's season finale, which could be his last game for Cleveland.
The Indians almost assuredly will not pick up his $13 million option and give him a $2.7 buyout. Before the game, Hafner, 35, who has battled numerous injuries for five years, said, "I want to play next year. I'll have to see who is interested."
Chicago starter Jake Peavy took a one-hitter and 3-1 lead into the ninth. Pinch hitter Michael Brantley led off with a single and Hafner followed with a drive off the right-field foul pole.
"That was huge," interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. "We were waiting for the right opportunity to put Hafner in. Peavy's pitch count was up and first base wasn't open."
Lonnie Chisenhall doubled with one out in the Cleveland 12th against Matt Thornton (4-10), who then intentionally walked Russ Canzler.
Right-hander Nate Jones came on to face announced pinch hitter Matt LaPorta, who was replaced by lefty swinging Jack Hannahan. Jones struck him out before Donald hit a liner into the left-field corner.
"The guys are battling and I'm proud of them," Alomar said. "Jason can play everywhere, so he's getting some at-bats. He came through."
Chris Seddon (1-1) pitched a scoreless 12th for Cleveland's seventh win in 17 meetings with Chicago. It was the left-hander's first victory since July 24, 2010, with Seattle.
Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer off Cleveland closer Chris Perez in the ninth for a 3-1 lead.
Until Hafner delivered, Peavy had allowed only Shin-Soo Choo's 16th homer leading off the fourth. Peavy walked one and struck out eight in what could be his final game for the White Sox.
"He was pitching great," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.
"It wasn't meant to be," said Peavy, who finished 11-12 with a 3.27 ERA. "It's fitting, the way my year seems to have gone. When I need to catch a break, I can't catch one. A cue ball off the end (of the bat) and the ball hits the foul pole."