|Masterson throws 3rd shutout, Indians beat Chisox|
|Monday, July 01, 2013 12:17 AM|
CHICAGO — Justin Masterson was able to rely on his defense in his major league-leading third shutout of the season.
The Cleveland Indians turned four double plays for their first 4-game sweep in Chicago since 1948, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Sunday.
Masterson (10-6) gave up six hits, struck out eight and walked one. He blanked the White Sox for the second time this year.
“We’ve had such great defense, (you) try and let them hit it,” he said. “They were aggressive, took a real aggressive approach swinging early. … We made a lot of double plays and they were pretty double plays.”
Masterson faced the minimum through six innings thanks to two double plays and a pickoff.
“Once he got through the first inning, then he kicked it in gear and started getting the velocity back up and using all his pitches,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He was terrific.”
After Masterson began the ninth with two strikeouts, he allowed a single to Alejandro De Aza and hit Alexei Ramirez with a pitch.
Masterson, who threw 112 pitches, struck out Alex Rios looking to end the game.
The win moved Cleveland into a virtual tie with Detroit atop the AL Central.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and first baseman Nick Swisher had the day off.
The White Sox have lost 23 out of 31 and fallen a season-high 15 games under .500.
Yan Gomes got three hits as the Indians won for the 10th time in 13 games.
Chris Sale (5-7) struck out 10 while allowing three runs in eight innings. He recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season.
Sale was perfect through the first three innings before Drew Stubbs led off the fourth with a bunt single.
Sale went 0-5 with a 3.19 ERA in June — the White Sox scored a total of nine runs during his six starts in the month.
The Indians scored twice in the fourth. Ryan Raburn hit a 2-out double that drove in Stubbs and Carlos Santana added an RBI single.
The Indians added a run in the fifth. Michael Brantley led off with a single and later scored on Lonnie Chisenhall’s groundout.
Stubbs hit an RBI double in the ninth.
The White Sox put two on in the seventh before Rios hit into a double play and Adam Dunn struck out.
“If he’s throwing what he’s capable of like today, he’s tough on lefties and righties,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “You would think where he delivers from it would be easier for lefties. But when you can move it around and have a slider like that, a slider and a sinker, it doesn’t make it easy on either side.”
NOTES: The Indians placed OF Michael Bourn on the 3-day paternity list and recalled LHP Nick Hagadone. Bourn, who went to Houston after Saturday’s game to be with his wife, will be eligible to return to the roster Wednesday. Bourn is hitting .299 as the Indians’ primary leadoff hitter. Hagadone is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. … 1B Paul Konerko remained out of the White Sox lineup with a sore back for the sixth straight game. He added he hopes to play on Tuesday. The team has today off. … Ramirez will eventually get a day off, Ventura added. The shortstop is the only player in the majors to play every inning this year. He has committed an AL-leading 14 errors.
RAYS 3, TIGERS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Detroit in a game that included an early warning by the umpires.
Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run over 6-plus innings. He tied the team record for victories in one month held by Matt Moore, David Price and Scott Kazmir.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 25th homer this season for the Tigers, sending a shot into a fish tank beyond the wall.
Both benches were warned by plate umpire Vic Carapazza after Rick Porcello (4-6) hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first. Both dugouts stayed calm and nothing further developed.
A day earlier, Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out in the 10th inning. Rodney had thrown a high-and-tight fastball before fanning the Tigers star.
ROYALS 9, TWINS 8
MINNEAPOLIS — David Lough hit three doubles, then launched a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning that led the Kansas City Royals over Minnesota.
Lough hit his second homer of the season, sending a solo drive off Jared Burton (1-5) into the right-field seats for an 8-7 lead.
Eric Hosmer added a solo homer in the ninth for the Royals. Johnny Giavotella had three hits.
Aaron Crow (5-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Greg Holland got his 17th save in 19 chances despite giving up a home run to Trevor Plouffe in the ninth.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 4
BOSTON — Shane Victorino’s hard grounder eluded first baseman Josh Thole for an error as pinch-runner Jonathan Diaz raced home with the winning run in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto.
Jose Bautista tied it in the ninth against Koji Uehara (1-0) with a solo homer, his 19th of the season.
Brandon Snyder singled with one out in the bottom half against Juan Perez (1-1), Jacoby Ellsbury walked and Casey Janssen relieved. Diaz ran for Snyder and Thole, who had entered in the third when Adam Lind left with back tightness, couldn’t handle Victorino’s shot.
Boston won for the fifth time in six games and improved to an AL-best 50-34. Jose Reyes homered for the Blue Jays.
ANGELS 3, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON — Josh Hamilton doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and scored on shortstop Jake Elmore’s overthrow, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat Houston and extend their winning streak to six.
C.J. Wilson (8-5) won his fourth straight start and Mark Trumbo hit his 18th homer for the Angels, who swept 3-game series at Detroit and Houston for their first undefeated road trip of at least six games since 2002.
Wilson allowed an unearned run and three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings. Ernesto Frieri got his 21st save.
Jose Cisnero (2-1) took the loss.
ATHLETICS 7, CARDINALS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. — Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson homered and Tommy Milone overcame a rocky start to win for the first time in nearly four weeks as the Oakland Athletics held off St. Louis.
Donaldson reached base four times for the A’s, who padded their AL-best home record by taking 2-of-3 in this interleague series. Oakland has won 16 of its last 19 games at the Coliseum.
Milone (7-7) gave up three home runs and pitched with runners in scoring position in four of his six innings. Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his 19th save.
Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter all homered for the Cardinals.
Oakland had seven extra-base hits — five off St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (4-3).
CUBS 7, MARINERS 6
SEATTLE — Alfonso Soriano and Darwin Barney each doubled twice and the Chicago Cubs built a 6-run lead before topping Seattle.
Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and the Cubs tied a season high by hitting six doubles.
Chicago led 7-1 after four innings. The Cubs’ bullpen, which has blown 16 save chances this season, gave up three runs in the eighth.
Kevin Gregg pitched a hitless ninth for his 13th save.
Edwin Jackson (4-10) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing three runs and seven hits and striking out six.
Jason Bay homered for the Mariners and Brad Miller doubled twice for his first major-league hits.
Jeremy Bonderman (1-2) was chased after giving up six runs — four earned — and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.