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Indians break out in opener vs. White Sox

May 3, 2014 - 4:53 AM Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI and Carlos Santana also homered as the Cleveland Indians hammered the Chicago White Sox, 12-5, in the opener of a three-game series.

Santana, Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes each drove in two runs to ignite a Cleveland offense that needed a lift.

The Indians' explosion was a surprising one considering they scored just 13 runs during a winless six-game road trip and hours before the contest placed one of their best offensive weapons, second baseman Jason Kipnis, on the 15- day disabled list.

"We had a real good approach early...and did some really good things offensively," Indians manager Terry Francona said.

The outburst allowed Danny Salazar (1-3) to pick up his first win of the year despite giving up five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five-plus frames.

Chicago dropped its third in a row even though rookie Jose Abreu smacked his league-leading 11th home run.

John Danks (2-2), who came in with a 2.79 earned run average in his last six starts in Cleveland, was tattooed for eight runs on 10 hits over five frames.

"I have to throw more strikes and get into pitcher's counts," Danks said. "I'm playing in hitter's counts way too much and getting burned for it."

The left-hander retired the first batter he faced before allowing the next seven to reach base. Santana lined a two-bagger into the left-field corner for the first run, Raburn added two more via a single and Gomes knocked in a pair with a bases-loaded double for a quick 5-0 Cleveland lead.

The White Sox began chipping away immediately with three runs in the second via RBI singles from Alejandro De Aza and Adrian Nieto followed by a run- scoring passed ball, but Danks gave another back in the bottom half when Santana took him deep to left for his fourth home run of the season.

Michael Bourn made it 7-3 with an RBI single in the third, and Abreu and Brantley exchanged solo shots in the fifth.

In the sixth, Bryan Shaw's wild pitch with the bases loaded pushed another run across and cut Chicago's deficit to 8-5, but the Indians poured on four more off the White Sox's bullpen in the bottom half to pull away.

Scott Downs gave up an RBI single to Nick Swisher, and Maikel Cleto yielded a two-run single to Brantley and later threw a wild pitch that allowed David Murphy to score.

Game Notes

The White Sox have lost seven in a row in Cleveland and were 1-8 there last season. They'd lost 14 straight against the Indians until winning three of four in Chicago last month ... Chicago's bullpen had not allowed a run in its previous five games (16 1/3 innings) prior to the sixth frame ... Kipnis is sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle ... Nieto recorded three of Chicago's 10 hits ... Cleveland's bullpen held the White Sox to three hits over the last four innings.








  • CHICAGO: 5
    CLEVELAND: 12
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    May 2 10:33 PM


  • David Murphy scored on wild pitch with two out. Michael Brantley advances to second on a wild pitch. Runner on second and Yan Gomes at the plate.

    White Sox 5, Indians 12  Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 2 9:48 PM


  • Michael Brantley single to center scored Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana with one out. On the play, David Murphy advances to second. Runners on first and second and Asdrubal Cabrera due up.

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  • Nick Swisher doubled to right scored Mike Aviles with one out. Runner on second and Carlos Santana due up.

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    White Sox 5, Indians 8  Mid 6May 2 9:25 PM


  • Alejandro De Aza scored on a wild pitch with two out. Jordan Danks advances to second on a wild pitch. Adrian Nieto advances to third on a wild pitch. Runners on second and third and Gordon Beckham at the plate.

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  • Michael Brantley lead-off Home Run (5) to center. Asdrubal Cabrera due up.

    White Sox 4, Indians 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 2 8:58 PM


  • Jose Abreu one-out, solo Home Run (11) to left. Adam Dunn due up.

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  • Michael Bourn single to center scored Yan Gomes with two out. Runner on first and Mike Aviles due up.

    White Sox 3, Indians 7  Bot 3, 2 OutsMay 2 8:23 PM


  • Carlos Santana two-out, solo Home Run (4) to left. Ryan Raburn due up.

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  • Adrian Nieto advances to second on a wild pitch with two out. Runner on second and Gordon Beckham at the plate.

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  • Adrian Nieto single to center scored Alexei Ramirez with one out. On the play, Alejandro De Aza advances to third. Runners on first and third and Adam Eaton due up.

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  • Alejandro De Aza single to left scored Dayan Viciedo with none out. On the play, Alexei Ramirez advances to second. Runners on first and second and Marcus Semien due up.

    White Sox 1, Indians 5  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 2 7:51 PM


  • Yan Gomes double to right scored Ryan Raburn and Michael Brantley with one out. On the play, Asdrubal Cabrera advances to third. Runners on second and third and Elliot Johnson due up.

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  • Ryan Raburn single to right scored Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana with one out. Runner on first and Michael Brantley due up.

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  • Carlos Santana double to left scored Mike Aviles with one out. On the play, Nick Swisher advances to third. Runners on second and third and Ryan Raburn due up.

    White Sox 0, Indians 1  Bot 1, 1 OutMay 2 7:27 PM


  • CHICAGO: 0
    CLEVELAND: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    May 2 7:07 PM
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