Rapid Reaction: Indians 6, Sox 3
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Cleveland Indians’ 6-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
How it happened: The White Sox’s bullpen cost them Wednesday’s game. The Indians broke a 3-3 tie when Jack Hannahan doubled in the game-winning run off White Sox reliever Addison Reed in the eighth inning. The Indians added two more runs in the ninth inning when Travis Hafner hit a homer off reliever Matt Thornton. Reed and Thornton had been the team’s most reliable relievers this season. White Sox reliever Will Ohman was accountable for the eighth-inning run and picked up the loss. White Sox starter Philip Humber didn’t have his best stuff again Wednesday, but he survived for a no-decision. He walked a career-high six batters and allowed four hits and three runs in six innings. Adam Dunn hit a solo home run, his sixth of the season, and Ramirez added a two-run single to make up the White Sox’s offense.
What it means: The Indians took sole possession of first place in American League Central with the win. The White Sox and the Detroit Tigers are one game back of the Indians.
Outside the box: Humber has had a memorable few weeks after becoming the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game on April 21. On Tuesday, the birth of his first child was added to those memories. His wife Kristan had a boy, John Gregory.
Play of the game: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez continued to show off his dazzling skills when he dove to his right for a hard hit ball and threw out Hafner from his knees in the seventh inning.
Up next: The White Sox close out their three-game series with the Indians on Thursday. John Danks (2-3, 6.23) will start for the White Sox, and Justin Masterson (0-2, 5.40) will go for the Indians.