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White Sox 4, Indians 3: Ramirez bails out bad bullpen

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Sox find a way to win after finding a way to lose.

Jazz hands in the 83 jerseys. Can't beat it.
Jazz hands in the 83 jerseys. Can't beat it.
Jonathan Daniel

In a strange game that saw the weather drop 25 degrees from pre-game to first pitch and a one hour and fifteen minute rain delay before first pitch (even though it didn't rain), the White Sox defeated the Indians and took three of four on the series.

Jose Quintana battled through a couple of rain delays and tossed 121 pitches in six innings, but only gave up one run on a Michael Brantley homer in the fourth. The Indians threatened for more in the sixth after Jason Kipnis lead off with a double and Carlos Santana followed him up with an infield single. After a Ryan Raburn flyout moved Kipnis to third, Quintana snagged a hard hit ball off the bat of Brantley to hold Kipnis at third and get the force at second. Quintana then got Yan Gomes swinging to end the threat.

The Sox tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Conor Gillaspie led off wtih a singe. After a Jose Abreu strikeout, Adam Dunn singled to move Gillaspie to third. A Dayan Viciedo infield single scored Gillaspie.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the eighth, when Marcus Semien destroyed Corey Kluber's last pitch of the day for a solo homer to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. It was Semien's second home run of the season.

In the ninth, though, Matt Lindstrom and the defense would fall apart. Brantely reached on an error by Jose Abreu who booted the grounder and after trying to make a behind the back flip to first, fell on his hand. Abreu was ok, but Lindstrom was not, as Gomes followed it up with a single. David Murphy singled to score Brantley to tie the game. After Mike Aviles bunted over the runners and Asdrubal Cabrera grounded out to Abreu, Lindstorm let the go-ahead run in with a wild pitch. He finally got out of the inning when Jason Kipnis grounded out to second.

John Axford came in to nail it down for the Tribe, but the White Sox had other ideas. Jordan Danks led off with a walk and stole second base. After Alejandro De Aza had a poor at bat that resulted in a pop out to third, Alexei Ramirez strode to the plate and promptly deposited the first pitch into the bullpen to send the remaining fans home happy.

* Maikel Cleto threw two good innings, which is a welcomed sight from this bullpen.

* Ramirez has gotten a hit in every game this year. He'll look to break Joe DiMaggio's streak in late May against the Padres.

Record: 7-6