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Indians' Talbot gets first career win

Apr 17, 2010 - 2:34 AM CLEVELAND(AP) -- Mitch Talbot pitched a complete game for his first career win and still got creamed - by his Cleveland Indians teammates.

Talbot (1-0) was slathered with a shaving-cream pie in the face after beating the Chicago White Sox 6-2 Friday night.

"It's an awesome feeling," Talbot said - about the win, not the pie. "I'm stunned, at a loss for words."

The right-hander retired 12 in a row after Paul Konerko snapped an 0-for-12 slump with his fourth homer leading off the second inning. Acquired in December from Tampa Bay, the 26-year-old gave up six hits and struck out two without walking a batter.

"It's a combination of not swinging the bat well and him pitching good," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Talbot got 17 groundball outs, including two with a runner on third and Cleveland clinging to a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth and the Indians scored three unearned runs off Mark Buehrle (2-1) after an error by third baseman Mark Teahen in the sixth in a game that took a brisk 2 hours, 4 minutes.

"It hopped up more than I thought it would," Teahen said of Lou Marson's grounder that glanced off his glove and scored two runs. "It definitely didn't help."

Talbot's outing comes a day after David Huff went the distance in a 3-2 win against Texas, giving Cleveland its first back-to-back complete game victories since Chad Ogea and Charles Nagy did it in September 1996.

Talbot used a four-pitch mix to baffle White Sox hitters, retiring 21 of the last 23 batters he faced.

"He had a good sinker and cutter, threw a few sliders and a couple changeups," pitching coach Tim Belcher said. "He'd like to have one changeup back. That's the one Konerko hit."

Austin Kearns' two-out RBI single in the fourth gave Cleveland its first run off Buehrle in 18 1-3 innings, since Aug. 7. Valbuena followed with a two-run homer. He has two homers this season, off All-Stars Buehrle and Justin Verlander of Detroit. The homer off Verlander was a grand slam.

"It was a fastball," Buehrle said. "I was trying to go outside to see if he would chase or I could get a strike out there. It was on the outside corner, but it was up. It was a bad pitch."

Buehrle walked four, allowing six hits and six runs - three earned - over six innings. On opening day in Chicago, he pitched seven innings in a 6-0 win over Cleveland.

"I can't be walking guys," Buehrle said. "Two of the leadoff walks came around to score. I can't be putting guys on base. I get in trouble and they make me pay for it."

Talbot went 62-54 with a 3.79 ERA in 166 career minor league games. He allowed four runs and walked five in five innings of a 4-2 loss at Detroit in his Indians' debut Saturday.

"Mitch had me make an adjustment and it helped," catcher Marson said. "He asked me to set up on the corners and he pitched to my glove. When you command your fastball on the corners, it doesn't matter what level it is, you're going to have success."

Chicago's second run was unearned. Alexei Ramirez led off the sixth with a single and scored all the way from first when right fielder Shin-Soo Choo misplayed a single by Teahen for an error.

NOTES: Hall of Famer Bob Feller, 91, was in the press box on the 70th anniversary of his no-hitter against the White Sox - still the only no-hitter on opening day. "That one was luck," said Feller, who had two other no-hitters and 12 one-hitters. "I walked five and had some great plays made behind me." ... The White Sox are staying at the same downtown hotel as the Chicago Bulls, in town to play the Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs. ... The attendance of 10,421 was Cleveland's third straight under 11,000 after going more than 17 years without a crowd that low. ... Chicago DH Mark Kotsay went 0 for 3 and is 2 for 20 in five starts. ... Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera entered in a 1-for-18 slump, but went 2 for 4. ... Konerko has three homers in four games against Cleveland.








  • Indians 6, White Sox 2 - FINAL
    CHI WHITE SOX ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Pierre lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .205
    G Beckham 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .256
    C Quentin rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .225
    P Konerko 1b 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 .235
    M Kotsay dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .136
    A Rios cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233
    A Pie

    Apr 16 9:11 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ASDRUBAL CABRERA SCORED LOU MARSON
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A CABRERA ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 6 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.219, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox 2, Indians 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 16 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY MARK TEAHEN ALLOWED AUSTIN KEARNS AND TRAVIS HAFNER
    TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, L MARSON ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 5 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: A CABRERA (.233, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox 2, Indians 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 16 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY SHIN-SOO CHOO ALLOWED ALEXEI RAMIREZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP,6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J PIERRE (.211, 1-FOR-2)

    White Sox 2, Indians 3  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 16 8:21 PM
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    roots
    RUWTbot Added 28 roots

    White Sox 1, Indians 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 16 8:08 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY LUIS VALBUENA (2) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF MARK BUEHRLE SCORED AUSTIN KEARNS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, CLEVELAND 3
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: L MARSON (.118, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox 1, Indians 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 16 8:01 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AUSTIN KEARNS SCORED JHONNY PERALTA
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A KEARNS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    CLEVELAND 1 BOTTOM,4TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: L VALBUENA (.167, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox 1, Indians 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 16 7:59 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PAUL KONERKO (4) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF MITCH TALBOT.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1, CLEVELAND 0
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: M KOTSAY (.158, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

    White Sox 1, Indians 0  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 16 7:20 PM