Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, Indians 6


CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox scored at least one run in six consecutive innings and rolled to a 9-6 victory Friday against the Cleveland Indians.

How it happened: Conor Gillaspie had a career-high four RBIs as the White Sox improved to 4-1 at home. A surprise No. 3 hitter when the season started, Gillaspie drove in a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly, had a run-scoring single in the fifth and delivered a two-run double in the sixth. Alexei Ramirez had two more hits Friday and now has a hit in all 11 games while batting .429. Chris Sale was far from his best, giving up three runs on six hits in just five innings, but he came away with the victory.

What it means: After two games against the Indians, the White Sox have already matched their win total from last season against their division rivals. The White Sox won just twice in 19 tries against Cleveland in 2013, scoring just 57 runs against the Indians all season. This season, they have already scored 16 runs against the Indians.

Outside the box: Last season’s struggles against the Indians were hard on Sale. The left-hander went 0-4 against Cleveland with an 8.61 ERA and six home runs allowed in four starts. But thanks to a new-look offense, he was able to post his first victory against Cleveland since May 1, 2012. He improved to 3-0 overall this season.

Off beat: Alejandro De Aza has certainly seen better days. Not only was he picked off first base in the fourth inning, he struck out in the fifth to end a run-scoring threat and afterward slammed his bat and helmet to the ground. His day was made complete in the sixth inning when he chased a foul ball toward the stands in left field and failed to make the catch while falling into the first row.

Up next: The White Sox will send Felipe Paulino (0-1, 6.35 ERA) to the mound against Cleveland on Saturday in the third game of the four-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.22) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.