How it happened:Felipe Paulino gave up six runs in five innings, and reliever Ronald Belisario gave up a pair of runs as the Indians won for the first time in the series. Adam Eaton hit his first home run of the season, while Adam Dunn drove in two on a single in the first inning. Alexei Ramirez singled and now has a hit in all 12 games this season. The White Sox fell into a 3-0 hole in the first inning, rallied out of it in the bottom of the inning, but the pitching couldn’t hold back the Indians’ offense.
What it means: The White Sox’s offense might be better, but it isn’t going to be able to outslug teams every night. Right-handed starters, and the bullpen, have been sore spots for the White Sox and that trend continued. Paulino has a 7.98 ERA after three starts. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery as well as a shoulder procedure. Belisario saw his ERA rise to 15.19. Reliever Scott Downs, who is carrying a 16.20 ERA, didn’t allow a run, but walked the only batter he faced.
Outside the box: The White Sox continue to make life difficult on opposing starters. Justin Masterson, who beat the White Sox four times last season, went just 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits. No Indians pitcher has lasted five innings over the first three games of the series, a sign the White Sox are not just getting on base, but going deep into counts as well.
Off beat: At just 5-foot-8, Eaton showed he has some power for a smaller guy. His second-inning home run cleared the Indians’ bullpen in right field. But his White Sox teammates reminded him of his diminutive stature when he arrived back in the dugout after rounding the bases. Some White Sox players held their high-fives so high in the air that Eaton was forced to jump to reach them.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (0-1, 2.77 ERA) to the mound against the Indians in Sunday’s series finale. Cleveland will counter with right-hander Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.