Coming off a series in which they won two of three against the AL East-leading New York Yankees, the Indians took Friday’s series opener 12-5.
Ben Broussard hit two homers and had a career-high five RBIs as Cleveland won for the sixth time in eight games to pull within three games of third-place Chicago in the Central Division.
“This definitely was a topper at the major league level for me,” said Broussard, who also had a single and double for his first career four-hit and multi-homer game.
The Indians will be without outfielder Matt Lawton, who left Friday’s game after dislocating his finger while swinging and missing at a pitch.
“Matt went for X-rays and they revealed he dislocated the middle finger on his right hand,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “He did it swinging the bat. He’ll be out three-to-four weeks. We’ll put Matt on the disabled list and call up somebody to replace him.”
The White Sox lost their fourth in a row and have dropped six of seven since winning nine of 12.
“We still have a shot because this is a wide-open division and that includes the Indians,” White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. “We know we can play good baseball, but we are not doing it right now.”
Left-hander Mark Buehrle will start the day game for Chicago as he looks to win his sixth straight start. Buehrle has a 2.35 ERA during his five-game win streak, after going 0-9 with a 6.64 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
STANDINGS: White Sox - 3rd place, 6 1/2 GB, AL Central. Indians - 4th place, 9 1/2 GB, AL Central.
WHITE SOX GAME ONE PROBABLE STARTER: Buehrle (7-10, 4.34 ERA). Buehrle is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in three starts against the Indians this year.
INDIANS GAME ONE PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Stanford (0-0, 3.60 ERA). The left-hander gave up two runs, five hits and four walks over five innings in his major league debut against Minnesota on Monday. An undrafted free agent signed by the Indians in 1999 after completing his college career at Charlotte, Stanford went 8-3 with a 3.13 ERA for Triple-A Buffalo.
WHITE SOX GAME TWO PROBABLE STARTER: Mike Porzio (no record). The left-hander was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to start the night game. Porzio was 7-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 games for Charlotte. He will make his first major league start, after going 2-2 with a 5.77 ERA in 48 career relief appearances.
INDIANS GAME TWO PROBABLE STARTER: Jake Westbrook (3-4, 4.55 ERA). The right-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to start the night game. Westbrook, sent down on June 29, did not allow a hit or run in 10 innings— spanning two starts—for Buffalo.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: White Sox - Magglio Ordonez, .296 avg.; Frank Thomas, 20 HRs; Carl Everett, 52 RBIs and 56 runs; Carlos Lee, 8 SBs. Indians - Milton Bradley, .330 avg. and 14 SBs; Lawton, 15 HRs, 47 RBIs and 49 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 7-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: White Sox - 1B Paul Konerko is batting .133 (11-for-83) in his last 31 games. … DH Thomas snapped an 0-for-17 streak with a double in the seventh inning. … 2B Roberto Alomar did not start Friday night against Brian Anderson, and will likely be out of the lineup for the first game on Saturday. Manager Jerry Manuel said he likely will give Alomar more days off against left-handed pitchers. Indians - OF Lawton batted .316 with eight homers over his previous 24 games to lift his average to .248. … RF Jody Gerut went 0-for-4 with a walk Friday, snapping his hitting streak at 12 games. … OF Bradley is 6-for-19 against LHP Buehrle.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: White Sox - 17-30 on the road; Indians - 21-23 at home.
INJURIES: White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL. Indians - SS John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL.