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Indians 11, White Sox 2: Game, second place enjoy getaway day

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Adam Dunn
Adam Dunn

Phil Humber gave up a pair of solo home runs before he even recorded his first out. The game got away from him in a similarly sudden fashion.

With two outs and nobody on in the fifth, Humber issued a full-count walk to Jack Hannahan. That ended a streak of 15 consecutive batters retired by Humber, and it became a problem with Ezequiel Carrera slashed a fly down the left-field line. Juan Pierre probably should've caught it, but he missed on his attempt at a running grab, and it bounced high along the wall and railing.

Pierre argued that a fan touched it, and after Ozzie Guillen lobbied on his behalf, the umpires convened and called it a fan-interfered double. Otherwise, Carrera was on third, and Hannahan would've scored.

But then they scored anyway, when Kosuke Fukudome lined a single to center. The White Sox trailed 4-2, and there was nothing enjoyable about the rest of it. Addison Reed didn't help -- he gave up a three-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera (two runs charged to Humber), and an RBI single after that.

And Josh Kinney plunked a hitter after all -- but it was on a 1-2 count, and it was a slider to Jason Kipnis' foot. The only message that sent was, "Oops, let me get that base for you!"

The Sox scored both of their runs in the top of the fifth. Alejandro De Aza drew a one-out walk, moved to second on Brent Morel's single, and then came around to score on Pierre's single to right.

Morel went from first to third, and when Asdrubal Cabrera tried getting fancy by snagging Kosuke Fukudome's throw with his bare hand and firing to third, it backfired. The throw got away from Hannahan, and Morel popped up and was able to slide safely into home to tie the game at 2.

Notes:

*The White Sox finished the season with a road record of 43-38.

*They managed no extra-base hits off Jeanmar Gomez and Co., but they did draw five walks from familiar sources -- three by De Aza, one by Morel, and one by Dayan Viciedo.

Record: 76-80 | Box score | Play-by-play

 

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