Rapid Reaction: White Sox 8, Indians 4
September, 21, 2011
By Doug Padilla
CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox moved a half a game from second place with a 8-4 victory Wednesday over the Cleveland Indians.
How it happened: The White Sox got more positive glimpses of the future as their young players got it done early. Alejandro De Aza put the White Sox in front for good with a two-run single, while Brent Morel had three RBIs and Tyler Flowers added another. Dayan Viciedo hit the ball hard and scored twice. Insurance runs came in the ninth inning in the form of three home runs.
What it means: Mark Buehrle was pulled after six innings, needing just 1 2/3 innings for 200 on the season. The left-hander can now hit the mark when he starts at home next week, which is likely to be Tuesday against the Blue Jays. When he hits the milestone it will extend Buehrle’s streak of double-digit wins, 200 innings and 30 starts to 11 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in baseball.
Outside the box: Alexei Ramirez, Alex Rios and Morel all hit home runs in the ninth inning, the most home runs in one inning for the White Sox this season. They hit four in one inning last season.
Up next: The White Sox close out the series and their road schedule when right-hander Philip Humber (9-8, 3.59 ERA) takes the mound Thursday at Cleveland. The Indians will counter with right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (4-2, 3.78) in the 6:05 p.m. start from Progressive Field.