CHICAGO — In the race to October, it can’t hurt to start heating up in September. The Indians apparently are doing just that as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday afternoon.
It was their second win in a row following a Thursday night slugfest when they scored 14 runs against the Pale Hoser pitching.
The first run of the game came in the 4th inning when Drew Stubbs singled to center field, scoring Asdrubal Cabrera, putting the Indians up 1-0.
In the 5th inning, a rejuvenated Ryan Raburn recorded a double that plated Nick Swisher. Shortly after, Michael Brantley hit a sac fly to left that scored Jason Kipnis, giving the Tribe a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 5th inning.
The only run for the White Sox came when Paul Konerko hit a single that gave Marcus Semien time to score.
Danny Salazar didn’t give up any runs as the starting pitcher in the contest. However, the Indians are keeping him on a strict pitch count. He was pulled after 78 pitches in just under three innings and struck out nine batters.
Bryan Shaw (4-3) was credited with the win and Chris Perez earned his 24th save, though in the 9th inning, he put two men on with two outs before retiring Paul Konerko on a long fly ball to center field.
Fox 8 Sports Intern Ashley Bastock contributed to this report.