Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Indians 3

April, 13, 2014
Apr 13
6:59
PM CT
By Sahadev Sharma
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- After a couple of rain delays, the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: Michael Brantley of the Indians opened the scoring with a line-drive home run over the right-field wall in the fourth inning. After a 45-minute rain delay (the second rain delay of the game; the first pitch wasn't tossed until 1 hour, 15 minutes after the original start time), the White Sox quickly knotted things at one run apiece when Conor Gillaspie scored on Dayan Viciedo's infield single. Marcus Semien gave the Sox their first lead of the game, knocking a solo shot in the eighth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. However, some sloppy defense led to Matt Lindstrom blowing his second save of the season in the ninth. Brantley reached on an Jose Abreu error to start the inning, came around to score on David Murphy's single and the Indians took the lead when Yan Gomes scored from third when Lindstrom uncorked a two-out wild pitch. However, the Indians dealt with bullpen issues of their own, as Jordan Danks led off the inning with a walk off Cleveland closer John Axford. After Alejandro De Aza fouled out, Alexei Ramirez ended the contest when he lined a two-run shot into the left field bullpen, giving the White Sox a 4-3 victory.

What it means: After waiting out a pair of rain delays, Jose Quintana did his best to save an overused and struggling bullpen (15 IP with a 9.00 ERA in their previous four games), but he ran his pitch count to a career-high 121 after six one-run innings. Despite both runs off Lindstrom in the ninth being unearned, it was another blemish on a bullpen that has struggled mightily 13 games into the season.

Outside the box: After suffering a setback while rehabbing from a left oblique strain, Gordon Beckham returned to the Double-A Birmingham Barons lineup on Sunday afternoon. Beckham went 1-for-1 with a walk before being pinch-hit for in the fourth.

Up next: Former White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy makes his return to U.S. Cellular Field as he toes the rubber for the Boston Red Sox against rookie Erik Johnson on Tuesday night at 7:10 pm. CT.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208