Chicago — Asdrubal Cabrera
singled home two runs in the top of the eighth inning off Chicago reliever Matt Thornton
as the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 3-2 in the opener of a three-game series.
Center fielder Drew Stubbs
reached on an infield single to third base with one out in the eighth and advanced to second on his third stolen base of the season. Left fielder Michael Brantley
followed with a walk and both runners advanced after a throwing error by Thornton (0-1, 4.76). Following a strikeout, Cabrera hit a line drive single to center to score both runners, putting the Tribe up 3-2.
Thornton struggled through his one inning of work, allowing two earned runs on two hits and two walks.
Chicago starter Dylan Axelrod
kept the Cleveland bats quiet over six innings of work, allowing just one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out four.
The Indians took their first lead of the night in the top half of the second. With runners on first and second with two outs, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall
hit a bloop double to left field scoring designated hitter Jason Giambi
Chisenhall finished with two hits in four at-bats, raising his season average to .245. He was the only Cleveland hitter with more than one hit.
Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie
erased the lead immediately in the bottom of the second with a leadoff home run to right off Indians starter Justin Masterson
. It was the first homer for Gillaspie since September 27, 2011 when he was with the San Francisco Giants.
The White Sox took a 2-1 lead off Masterson with two outs in the fourth when Hector Giminez doubled to deep center field, scoring Alexei Ramirez
from first base.
Masterson (4-1, 1.85) picked up his fourth win of the season after the Indians scored twice in the eighth. He allowed two earned runs on four hits and four walks over seven innings of work. He struck out five batters.
pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up his fourth hold of the season. Chris Perez
worked around a hit to save his second consecutive game and his third overall.
Cleveland will continue their series with Chicago Tuesday night at 8:10 p.m. Zach McAllister
(1-2, 3.12) will look to push the Indians winning streak to four games against White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana
Notes: After Asdrubal Cabrera's game-winning single in the eighth, the Indians won their first game of season after trailing past the sixth inning. … Catcher Lou Marson
will rejoin the team on Tuesday and be activated on Wednesday.
Nathan Kemp graduated from The University of Akron in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. He plans to pursue a graduate degree through NEOMFA in the fall. Follow him on Twitter @NathanCKemp.