Rapid Reaction: Indians 7, White Sox 5

May, 3, 2012
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Cleveland Indians’ 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.

How it happened: White Sox pitcher John Danks’ struggles continued on Thursday. After a rocky April, Danks, the White Sox’s No. 1 starter, didn’t get any better with his first start in May. Danks allowed nine hits, six earned runs, two home runs and one walk in seven innings. His record fell to 2-4 and his ERA rose to 6.51. The Indians scored in four different innings. Jason Kipnis did the most damage with a three-run home run in the seventh inning. It had been a 4-3 game prior to Kipnis’ at-bat. Alejandro De Aza had three hits and two RBIs, and Gordon Beckham had two hits for the White Sox. Adam Dunn's ninth-inning home run was his seventh of the season and cut Cleveland's lead to two runs. But the White Sox got no closer.

What it means: The White Sox dropped their third consecutive series at home and closed out their seven-game home stand with a 2-5 record. The White Sox are 5-9 at home and 12-13 overall this season.

Outside the box: While it may be fun to watch the American League Central standings this early in the year, what the teams are doing now isn’t likely to dictate the final standings. A year ago on May 3, the Indians were 4 games up on the Kansas City Royals and eight games up on the Detroit Tigers. In the end, the Tigers won the division over the Indians by 15 games.

Up next: The White Sox travel to face the Detroit Tigers for a three-game series beginning on Friday. Coming off his American League Pitcher of the Month award, Jake Peavy (3-1, 1.63) takes the mound for the White Sox. Drew Smyly (1-0, 1.23) will start for the Tigers.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.320 33 98 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 98
RJ. Abreu 71
OPSJ. Abreu .983
WC. Sale 11
ERAC. Sale 2.11
SOC. Sale 178