Indians 13, White Sox 11
CHICAGO (AP)—Ben Broussard’s grand slam in the third inning gave Cleveland a seven-run lead, and it almost wasn’t enough.
“This was one of those games, back and forth all night long,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “Both teams were battling to the final out.”
Leading 13-8 going into the ninth, Cleveland hung on for its fifth win in six games and moved past the White Sox for second place in the AL Central. Chicago lost for the 12th time in 15 games.
Jose Valentin homered twice for the White Sox, who trailed 8-0 in the sixth inning. But after Chicago rallied for three runs in the ninth, Valentin popped up with a runner on for the final out.
“This is a great place to play,” Broussard said. “The atmosphere is intense and even though they were down all the runs, the crowd was still behind them.”
“I think one of the positive things is we never laid down,” Valentin said. “We just gave up more runs than we scored and that was the game.”
Valentin has 26 home runs, giving him 25 or more in five straight seasons.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected after the first inning for arguing after Lee was thrown out trying to steal second base.
Indians starter Jake Westbrook (10-5) sailed through the first five innings, blanking the White Sox on two hits. But Chicago scored seven times off Westbrook and reliever David Riske in the sixth, with Valentin hitting a three-run homer after RBI singles by Willie Harris, Lee, Paul Konerko and Everett.
“I didn’t feel like I was leaving it up there,” Westbrook said,” but they just kept getting single after single after single. It just kind of hit me all at once.
“The whole bullpen came up with some big outs and we made it though,” he added.
Vizquel and Hafner hit back-to-back homers in the first. Broussard’s grand slam off Felix Diaz capped a five-run third.
With the bases loaded in the third, Broussard hit Diaz’s first pitch deep into the right-field stands.
“Anytime in that situation, you know the pitcher’s trying to get ahead, so you want to be ready to hit,” Broussard said. “You don’t want to give him that pitch.”
Diaz (1-3) gave up seven runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Hafner’s RBI single in the sixth made it 8-0. After the White Sox rallied, Blake led off the seventh with a home run off Jon Adkins.
Valentin homered off Bobby Howry in the eighth to cut the Chicago deficit to 9-8.
Broussard hit his first grand slam this season on June 23 against Mike Jackson. … When batting with the bases loaded this season, Broussard is 5-for-8 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. … White Sox 3B Joe Crede didn’t start for a third straight game. He has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats. … Lee was back in left field for the White Sox. He was DH on Sunday after fouling a ball of his knee on Saturday. … Valentin’s entered Monday’s game in a 5-for-52 slump.