Gillaspie leads White Sox past Indians 9-6

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 12:13 am •  Published: April 12, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — 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."



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