White Sox rally for 4-3 victory over Indians
CHICAGO (AP) Melky Cabrera threw his arms into the air as he rounded first base, and then was mobbed by the rest of his jubilant teammates.
One big finish rescued what had been a lousy night for the Chicago White Sox.
Cabrera capped Chicago's four-run ninth inning with an RBI single off Cody Allen, sending the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
''I went to the home plate trying to put the ball in play and thank God I can do it,'' Cabrera said through a translator.
Six consecutive batters reached safely before Cabrera drove a fastball into left-center for his first game-ending hit since he signed a $42 million, three-year contract with Chicago over the winter. Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs and Gordon Beckham had a tying RBI single.
Allen (0-2) recorded just one out in his first blown save in four chances.
''Left some balls up. Got a little predictable,'' Allen said. ''Some good hitters, man, hitting's contagious. Couple hits, they were kind of racing to the bat rack there at the end.''
David Robertson (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first win with the White Sox. Chicago had just four hits before the ninth-inning rally.
''I'm glad there's no clock,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''They couldn't stall. You eventually have to get it and guys had some good at-bats there in the ninth.''
Trevor Bauer pitched seven sparkling innings for Cleveland, which has dropped seven of nine. Ryan Raburn and Brett Hayes homered, and Michael Brantley had an RBI double.
Bauer allowed four hits while lowering his ERA to 0.95. The right-hander beat Chicago in his previous outing, logging six effective innings in a 4-2 victory at home on Wednesday.
''I felt a lot better mechanically today,'' he said. ''I was a little bit off last outing. I felt a lot better. I felt like my release point was more consistent.''
Perhaps most importantly for Bauer and the Indians, he struck out seven and walked two in his longest start of the season. He walked nine in his first two outings.
Chicago left-hander John Danks allowed three runs and six hits in six innings in his best start of the young season.
Raburn had two hits and a walk on a damp, cool night, continuing his long history of tormenting the White Sox. He is a .301 hitter in 108 games against Chicago, with 18 of his 75 career homers.
He belted a long solo drive to left in the second for his first homer of the season. It was his fourth career homer against Danks.
Brantley doubled home Mike Aviles in the third, and Hayes went deep in the fifth in his first start of the season. Hayes' drive to left hit the top of the wall and bounced over for his first homer since May 28 for Kansas City against Houston.
The White Sox had Carlos Rodon in their bullpen after the touted prospect was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. They also reinstated Jake Petricka from the 15-day disabled list after the reliever was sidelined by a right forearm strain.
Rodon, 22, was a late cut in spring training. The No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft then went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two starts with the Knights before the White Sox decided it was time to join the big league club.
''It's a dream come true,'' Rodon said.
White Sox: RHP Javy Guerra was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and right-hander Kyle Drabek was designated for assignment. The move for Guerra is retroactive to April 13.
Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco makes his first start since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera in the first inning of a 4-1 loss last Tuesday. Carrasco (1-1, 2.84 ERA) was carted off the field after the ball glanced off his glove and right hand before hitting him on the right side of his face. He had his next start pushed back a day, but Francona said he is ready to go.
RHP Hector Noesi (0-1, 3.86 ERA) gets the ball for the White Sox in his first start since the home opener on April 10.
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