Rapid Reaction: White Sox 2, Indians 1

May, 28, 2014
May 28
1:03
AM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox clinched the series victory Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: In a game twice interrupted by rain, Conor Gillaspie got the White Sox on the board first with a third-inning RBI single, while Gordon Beckham added a home run in the fifth inning. Chris Sale started and pitched three innings, with Scott Carroll taking over after a long delay and earning the victory, allowing five hits over three scoreless innings. Ronald Belisario pitched a perfect ninth inning for his third save.

What it means: A current eight-game hitting streak doesn’t begin to describe how hot Beckham has been of late. Beckham was batting just .167 on May 5, but over his next 20 games he has batted .361 (30-for-83) with four home runs and 10 RBIs. His batting average is now .296 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .448 slugging percentage.

Outside the box: The White Sox now lead the season series 6-3 over the Indians, meaning they have already tripled their win total from last season over their division rivals and it's not even June yet. The White Sox's success against the Indians this year has come despite being outscored 48-39 in the nine games the teams have played.

Off beat: Rain during a Sale start was the worst possible scenario for the White Sox. The 1-hour, 58-minute delay after the third inning put an end to Sale’s night, meaning they will have gotten only three innings from him during this five-day cycle. The three hitless innings mean he has given up just two hits over his past 16 innings. Sale was just three innings away from becoming the first pitcher in the modern era to pitch at least six innings in three consecutive games and allow one hit or less.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (0-4, 6.82 ERA) to the mound Wednesday against Cleveland in the finale of the three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander T.J. House (0-1, 6.43) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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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