CHICAGO (AP)—Alexei Ramirez’s soaring fly ball was either going to land in the glove of Cleveland left fielder Ben Francisco to end the game or clear the fence and tie it up with two outs in the 10th.
The way things have been going for the Chicago White Sox lately, it was the latter.
Ramirez’s high fly was a game-tying homer off Indians closer Joe Borowski. And the White Sox pulled out a 3-2 victory moments later when pinch-hitter DeWayne Wise singled, stole second and scored the game-winner on Orlando Cabrera’s RBI single.
“Everybody did their part,” Cabrera said.
“A very good moment,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I knew I hit it hard, but I hit it so high I really wasn’t sure, so I just kept running. Until he jumped and it had landed, I didn’t really know, wasn’t sure.”
Francisco initially thought he had a play.
“I went to the wall and I thought the ball was going to come right down to me,” Francisco said. “And it blew over the fence.”
Casey Blake had given Cleveland a 2-1 lead with a long homer to left off Matt Thornton in the top of the 10th, but the Indians faltered again in their disappointing season and fell 11 1/2 games behind the first-place White Sox.
“It hurts. Maybe kind of doing it in that fashion stings a little more. But they’re having a pretty special year,” Blake said. “It kind of reminds me of how we were playing last year. It seems like we found a way to win all the time.”
Borowski (1-3) blew his fourth save in 10 chances.
“In the position we’re in trying to play catchup, you can’t afford to let these games get away. … We had an opportunity and I let it slip away,” Borowski said.
Lee, who entered with an 11-1 record, gave up six hits and a run with one walk and three strikeouts. Danks allowed four hits and a run with a walk and eight strikeouts.
Kelly Shoppach led off the sixth with his sixth homer, ending Danks’ scoreless innings streak at 16 and tying the game 1-1. Danks tied his career high in both innings pitched and strikeouts.
Danks was watching from the clubhouse with reliever Scott Linebrink when Ramirez’s homer went over.
“To see that ball finally get out, it looked like he was going to have a chance to rob it,” Danks said. “It was very dramatic. When it got out, Scott and I jumped up and high fived each other.”
“It’s definitely frustrating to lose like that,” Lee said. “It’s a game that we had and we kind of let it get away from us at the end. But we still have a long season to go.”
Shoppach has a 10-game hitting streak. His homer was the seventh Danks has allowed this season in 17 starts. … White Sox 1B Paul Konerko took some swings in the batting cage and said his strained left oblique felt better but remains unsure on when he will begin a rehab assignment. … White Sox seventh-round draft pick Jordan Danks, brother of Tuesday’s starting pitcher, took batting practice before the game with manager Ozzie Guillen pitching. Guillen said Danks, who has yet to sign, showed some pop. Jordan Danks played at the University of Texas this season.