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Sox triple their fun and avoid disaster

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox made some offensive history Tuesday, but ultimately it was probably the kind they would want to forget.

Five triples sounds like a pretty good offensive night, but it only yielded eight runs for the White Sox as their key series opener against the Cleveland Indians drifted off into the late innings before they finally won, 8-7, in the 14th.

Not since 1920 did the White Sox have so many triples in a game, when they clubbed six against the Washington Senators. And just like Tuesday, it didn’t offer a significant bounty. The White Sox scored just six times that day, but did win.

The White Sox not only had two triples from new sparkplug Alejandro De Aza, they also got one from Alex Rios, who has struggled all season.

It started to look like the White Sox had solved some of their offense issues and that they had risen to the occasion of a big game against a division rival. But just as quickly as the hits came in regulation they stopped in extras against the Indians bullpen.

When they reached the 19-hit mark, it tied a season high, but they were nowhere near their season high for runs, which was yet another sign that clutch hitting continues to be an issue. They ended the night with 22 hits.

The game dragged on like a summary of the White Sox’s season. There was hope, promise even, good pitching from the bullpen and not much of the timely hitting that was necessary until Juan Pierre finally delivered his game-ending single.

Frustration might have reached its peak in the 11th inning when Rios hit a leadoff triple. The White Sox failed to score, ending the inning on a double-play line out.

Ultimately it was probably the decision to not go for a sixth triple that helped the White Sox to the victory. Gordon Beckham hit a one-out double in the 14th inning and moved to third on an infield single by Brent Morel. Pierre brought home Beckham with a single to left field.