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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Rapid reaction: Indians 11, White Sox 2

By Doug Padilla

CLEVELAND – The White Sox completed their road portion of the schedule Thursday with an 11-2 defeat to the Cleveland Indians.

How it happened: Phil Humber gave up back-to-back home runs to the first two batters he faced (Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Kipnis) and the Indians were off and running. Humber did retire 14 consecutive batters after the home runs, but was hit had again. He gave up seven runs on eight hits in six innings and is now 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA in the second half after going 8-5 with a 3.52 ERA before the break.

What it means: Addison Reed was finally hit hard after making four consecutive scoreless appearances following his big-league debut on Sept. 4 at Detroit. Reed gave up a three-run home run to Asdrubal Cabrera. He was charged with two runs on three hits in his one inning of work.

Outside the box: With Thursday’s defeat, the White Sox fell to 76-80 and will need to go 5-1 on the upcoming homestand to finish at .500. They are 33-42 at home this season and finished 43-38 on the road.

Up next: The White Sox will begin their final homestand of the season Friday with right-hander Zach Stewart (2-4, 5.01 ERA) on the mound against Kansas City. The Royals will counter with left-hander Bruce Chen (11-8, 4.14) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.