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Fukudome leads Indians past White Sox

Aug 19, 2011 - 5:30 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Kosuke Fukudome had three hits, knocked in a run and scored twice to help the Indians take a 4-2 victory over the White Sox in the rubber match of a key American League Central series.

With the win, Cleveland increased its lead over Chicago to a game and a half for second place in the Central. The Tribe currently sit a game and a half back of idle Detroit for first.

The Indians and Tigers begin a three-game set in Detroit on Friday.

Justin Masterson (10-7) allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks through six innings in Cleveland's eighth win in their last 12 games.

"We can't worry about who else is losing. If we take care of what we can and win our games as we got out, it's going to speak for itself. We don't need to worry about anybody else or need anyone else to go out and beat anybody," Masterson said.

Chris Perez tossed a perfect ninth to earn his 27th save of the year.

Chicago starting pitcher Philip Humber left the game in the second inning after he was struck in the head with a ball. Will Ohman (0-3) took the loss, allowing the game-deciding runs in the sixth inning.

Paul Konerko smacked his 28th home run of the year in the White Sox's second straight loss after a three-game win streak.

Ohman tossed a perfect fifth for the White Sox and came back for the sixth. Shin-Soo Choo led off the frame with an infield single and came around to score the next batter when Fukudome sent a triple down the first-base line. After a LaPorta fly out, Jack Hannahan worked a walk and Michael Brantley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Frasor then entered in relief of Ohman.

Frasor fanned Jason Donald on four pitches, but gave a free pass to Asdrubal Cabrera, scoring Fukudome and giving the Indians a 4-2 lead. Travis Hafner was then called out on strikes to end the inning.

Chicago loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth against Vinnie Pestano on singles by Adam Dunn and Omar Visquel, and a Tyler Flowers walk. But Gordon Beckham fanned on a 2-2 slider on the outside part of the plate to end the threat.

With one out and a runner on second in the second inning, Fukudome lined a 3-2 pitch right back at the mound. Humber tried to put his glove up to block the ball, but he was too late and he was struck near the brim of his cap. His knees buckled and he fell backwards, but he got up and walked off the field under his own power. He was replaced by Zach Stewart on the mound.

"I saw him collapse, so I wasn't sure if it knocked him out. Then my second thought was the ball is coming my way, so the play was not over yet. After that was a good opportunity to see if he was alright," Flowers said what he was thinking after Humber was hit.

Stewart got Matt LaPorta to pop out before walking Hannahan to load the bases, but then induced a Brantley fly out to left to end the inning.

Chicago took the lead on Konerko's solo home run over the left-center field wall with two down in the bottom of the third.

But Cleveland answered with a two-run homer by LaPorta in the next half- inning. Fukudome slapped a two-out base hit up the middle prior to LaPorta's bomb.

Alex Rios singled with one out in the home fourth, advanced to second on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on a single by Flowers to left over the out- stretched glove of Hannahan at third to knot the game at two.

Game Notes

Masterson has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts...Cleveland is 8-3 in Masterson's last 11 starts...Chicago fell to 3-3 on a nine-game homestand.