Chicago won seven of the nine games on its home field against Cleveland last season, including the last five contests. The White Sox have won six in a row overall against the Indians.
The White Sox trailed 5-2 on Sunday before Juan Uribe hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to pull Chicago within two runs. In the ninth, pinch-hitter Kelly Dransfeldt tied it with a two-out RBI single and Uribe drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a three-run rally as Chicago won 6-5 for its third victory in four games.
Jon Adkins pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and the White Sox bullpen improved to 4-1 with a 3.11 ERA on the season.
“The reason we are able to come back and win when we are down is that our bullpen is holding the opposition in check and letting our offense come back,” White Sox first-year manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Chicago is 6-1 in one-run games and has five wins in its last at-bat this season.
“Since Ozzie has been here, we always feel like we have a chance to win these games,” Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle said. “Last year, we don’t win these sort of games, but we are this year.”
Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday. The Indians finally got a well-pitched game after being outscored 22-5 in losing the first two contests of the series.
Jake Westbrook allowed only a second-inning home run and a seventh-inning single in his second career complete game, striking out three and walking three.
Westbrook got the start because of injuries to Cleveland’s staff. One starter, Jason Stanford, is on the disabled list with a strained left forearm. Another, C.C. Sabathia, hasn’t pitched since he was pulled before his scheduled start Thursday.
“Obviously, we needed someone to step up, and he was the one,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “He commanded the ball throughout, and he was able to make adjustments. He threw the ball with extreme confidence and authority.”