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Indians drub White Sox to cut AL Central deficit to five games

Sep 14, 2013, 10:16 PM EST

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Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez turned in a solid effort while the offense provided more than enough support to cut their deficit in the AL Central to five games. Meanwhile, the Tigers lost 1-0 to the Royals.

The offense put up a five-spot in the fourth on a two-run home run by Asdrubal Cabrera and a three-run home run by Lonnie Chisenhall, taking advantage of White Sox starter Andre Rienzo. The Indians tacked on two more in the sixth on Carlos Santana‘s two-run single to center, which was initially deflected by shortstop Alexei Ramirez. One more run was added in the ninth on Ryan Raburn‘s sacrifice fly.

The way Ubaldo Jimenez was pitching, though, the Indians didn’t need that many runs. The right-hander went eight and one-third innings, allowing just one run on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight. He allowed two consecutive singles with one out in the ninth before giving way to reliever C.C. Lee, who promptly allowed a single to load the bases. After surrendering a sacrifice fly to Josh Phegley, he retired Marcus Semien to end the contest.

With the 8-1 win, the Indians improve to 80-68, just five games behind the Tigers for first place in the AL Central. They also move one game behind the Rays for the second AL Wild Card.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    The Indians are very much alive in the Wild Card race. In the important loss column, they have 68 compared to 66 for both Texas and Tampa Bay. Cleveland has the easiest schedule among the teams in the Wild Card race.

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      But in the end it just matters where everyone finishes. I mean Indians may have the “easiest” schedule, but they still have to win those games. Regardless, I am still watching Indians baseball in September that means something, so I am happy.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      The Rays won their rain delayed game, so they now have the same record as the Rangers. The Indians are a game and a half behind both of those teams.

  2. babybull12 - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Just keep chris perez off the mound. worst closer in baseball. no questions!

  3. janessa31888 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Ubaldo has been surprisingly good lately. Ive stopped groaning aloud when I see he is scheduled to start:)

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