Indians 4, Sox 2: Fukudome Scalps Humber, Sox

Kosuke Fukudome lined a pitch off of Philip Humber's head in the 2nd inning, ending the starters evening and then he lined a Will Ohman pitch into the right field corner to give the Indians the go ahead run and eventually the rubber match.  With the loss, the Sox fall back below the dreaded .500 mark at 61-62.

The White Sox got on the board first with a Paul Konerko home run in the third inning off of Justin Masterson, but the lead didn't last for long.  Zach Stewart, who entered the game in the 2nd, gave up a Fukudome single and a Matt LaPorta home run to give the Tribe the 2-1 lead.  

The Sox would strike back in the bottom of the inning.  Alex Rios smashed a one out single to center, took 2nd on a wild pitch and came around to score on a Tyler Flowers base hit to left to tie the game at 2-2.

Will Ohman replaced Stewart in the 5th and had an easy 1-2-3 inning.  In the 6th though, Shin-Soo Choo led off with an infield single which led to Fukudome's triple.  After a LaPorta fly out, Jack Hannahan was hit by a pitch and Michael Brantley walked.  Ozzie Guillen called on Jason Frasor, who struck out Jason Donald, but walked Asdrubal Cabrera to score Fukudome and make the game 4-2. Frasor sat down Travis Hafner to end the inning and the Indians never threatened again.

The Sox threatened in the 6th and 8th innings.  In the 6th, Omar Vizquel hit a two out double and Tyler Flowers walked, which brought up Gordon Beckham.  Beckham struck out looking to end the inning.

In the 8th, Adam Dunn led off with a bloop single, and after two outs, Vizquel singled and Flowers walked to bring up Beckham again.  He couldn't get it done this time either, as he went down swinging.  

Chris Perez entered in the 9th and set the Sox down 1-2-3 to end the game and the series.

* Humber left the game, but was alert and responsive.  He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.  If you didn't see it, it was a scary moment.  

* Beckham ended the inning in each of his 4 at bats and stranded 7 runners.

* Flowers was 1-1 with 3 walks.

* Dunn went 2-4.

* Matt Thornton pitched the 7th and 8th innings and looked dominant as he retired every Indian he faced.

* Tomorrow, the Sox face the hot hitting Rangers as Jake Peavy faces Matt Harrison on Elvis night.

WP: Justin Masterson (10-7)

LP: Will Ohman (0-3)

S: Chris Perez (27)

HR: Paul Konerko (28), Matt LaPorta (11)

 

Record: 61-62Box | G.B. 4

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