Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Indians 2

May, 28, 2014
May 28
10:18
PM CT
By Sahadev Sharma
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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The Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians on a walk-off single in the ninth. Here’s an overview of the game:

How it happened: After coming back late and then blowing a one-run lead in the ninth, the White Sox won in the bottom of the inning on Moises Sierra’s RBI single. Cleveland’s Jason Giambi opened the scoring by lining a solo home run off Hector Noesi in the second inning. Indians starter T.J. House kept the White Sox bats silent until Adam Dunn scored on a Marcus Semien single in the seventh to tie the game at 1. House, a rookie, was making just his second major league start; he struck out a career-high eight men and gave up just the one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched. Noesi had the early blemish to Giambi, but after that went on to deliver his best start in a White Sox uniform. Noesi allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none in 7 1/3 innings of work. The White Sox took a 2-1 lead in the eighth, but Ronald Belisario blew his third save of the season giving up an RBI single to Yan Gomes in the ninth. Belisario was quickly let off the hook in the bottom half of the inning, as Leury Garcia scored the game-winning run on Sierra's single down the right-field line.

What it means: The White Sox climb over the .500 mark for the first time since May 7. With Jose Abreu expected to return on Monday and a weekend series against a punchless San Diego Padres team, the Sox could have some momentum as they head out on the road next week.

Outside the box: Despite one of the stronger outings of his career, Noesi remains winless in his previous 18 starts. His last win was with the Seattle Mariners on May 6, 2012 against the Minnesota Twins.

Up next: After a day off on Thursday, the White Sox start a three-game weekend set against the Padres on Friday night. John Danks toes the rubber for the Sox, while Ian Kennedy takes the mound for San Diego.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.312 33 97 70
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 97
RJ. Abreu 70
OPSJ. Abreu .969
WC. Sale 10
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOC. Sale 165