White Sox 5, Indians 2
CHICAGO (AP)—Staked to an early lead, Bartolo Colon just threw strikes.
“I had 110 pitches, and I believe 107 were fastballs,” said Colon, only half in jest.
Colon (7-9) gave up two runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked none. He retired 17 straight batters during one stretch, taking a shutout into the eighth.
He had been 0-4 in seven starts since beating the Dodgers on June 7, and manager Jerry Manuel had encouraged him to get back to his fastball.
“He said to start hard from the beginning and that’s what I did,” said Colon, who threw 111 pitches. Damaso Marte finished the six-hitter for his sixth save in 13 chances.
Chicago (50-50) reached .500 for the first time since July 3 and has won five in a row, its longest winning streak since taking seven straight last Aug. 27 to Sept. 3. The White Sox closed within five games of first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
“We knew we were due,” Manuel said. “It’s going to be important that we go out and do the same thing the next two days (in Toronto).”
Jason Davis (7-8) gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. Cleveland has lost seven straight, its longest skid since dropping eight in a row from April 22-30.
“We have to go through these ups and downs to become a better ball club and to become a stronger ball club,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.
The White Sox have 27 homers in their last nine home games. Thomas hit his 399th homer, a two-run drive into the back of the stands in left.
After Ordonez’s homer, Davis retired 12 of his next 13 batters. Ordonez singled in the sixth, and Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer for a 5-0 lead.
“Early on I set myself up for failure with some bad sequences,” Davis said. “It could have been a different game if I didn’t make those mistakes.”
Colon gave up a leadoff double to Coco Crisp in the first, then retired 17 consecutive batters before Crisp doubled in the sixth.
Crisp hit an RBI double in the eighth, and Casey Blake followed with a sacrifice fly.
Marte then struck out Jody Gerut to end the threat.
Thomas has 91 first-inning homers. … Cleveland’s 41-59 record is its worst at the 100-game mark in 12 years. … The White Sox are 31-19 in Chicago,19-31 on the road.