Indians let 9th-inning lead slip away vs White Sox

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm •  Published: April 13, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians looked poised to salvage a four-game split.

One pitch from John Axford and one big swing by Alexei Ramirez changed that.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday.

The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by closer Matt Lindstrom.

Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances. He issued a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks, who stole second.

One out later, Ramirez homered over the left field fence.

"Nobody in this game is perfect," David Murphy, whose single had tied the game in the ninth, said of Axford. "But everybody in here has confidence in him and knows that he's going to get it done pretty much every day."

The White Sox won a series against Cleveland for the first time since October 2012. Chicago took three of four in this set after dropping 14 straight to the Indians.

"Everybody knows me as an aggressive hitter," Ramirez, who has a hit in all 13 games, said through a translator. "I'm going to go looking for a good pitch to hit and when I get it, I'm going to swing at it. And that's what happened, I got a good pitch."

"(Axford is) definitely a really good pitcher and he just left me a pitch up there and I was able to put a good swing on it," he said.