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White Sox 10, Indians 4: Early Knockout Win

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MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
Matt Davidson hit his second home run of 2017. He now has 8 RBI on the season.
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In their previous three games, the Chicago White Sox offense was punchless only scoring four runs total. With the pitching staff leading the American League in ERA, it's the hitting that has held back the Sox early in 2017.

All it took was one pitch to set the tone against Indians starter, Josh Tomlin. Tim Anderson's leadoff home run sparked a five-run first inning and the Sox never looked back in their 10-4 victory.

In that first frame, four of those runs were with two outs. Avisail Garcia extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single that advanced Cody Asche to second. Matt Davidson filling in at third with Todd Frazier still ailing from food poisoning, hit his second homer of 2017 with a three-run shot to right field bleacher. That dinger traveled 401 feet with an exit velocity of 109.1 mph. Yolmer Sanchez continued the hit parade with a double down the right field line. He would come around to score on Omar Narvaez's single for his first RBI of the season.

Cleveland in the bottom half had a prime opportunity to have themselves a big inning. With the bases loaded and only one out, Jose Ramirez flew out to RF for a sacrifice fly and Lonnie Chisenhall couldn't come up with a clutch two-out hit as the Indians only scored one run.

In the second inning, Melky Cabrera walked, and Jose Abreu singled to start the threat. Asche hit a deep-ish fly ball to Lonnie Chisenhall in center. Playing out of position, both Cabrera and Abreu tested Chisenhall by trying to advance. The throw beat Cabrera at third base, but Yuney Diaz couldn't complete the tag. Instead of running themselves out of the second, Avi Garcia drove both Cabrera and Abreu in with a 2-run single giving the Sox a 7-1 lead.

Despite having a cushion, White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez could not earn the win as he didn't make it through five innings. His final line 4.2 IP 8 H 3 ER 4 BB 5 K came in 101 pitches. Anthony Swarzak became the pitcher of record by throwing a scoreless 1.2 IP in relief.

Record: 4-4 | Box Score | Play-by-Play | Video