threw strikes and his
teammates struck quickly at the plate.
Pavano won his third straight start and the Indians scored in the first inning for the first time this month as they defeated
Chicago White Sox
9-4 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
''It finally felt like a real baseball game,'' said Cleveland third baseman
. ''Any win right now is big.''
Pavano (3-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first appearance against the
in nearly five years. The right-hander didn't issue a walk and struck out three.
''He controlled the game and it was good to see,'' Indians manager
said of Pavano, who threw 67 of 87 pitches for strikes.
Shin-Soo Choo and
drove in three runs apiece for Cleveland, which totaled 13 hits and scored three more runs than it did during its four-game
Chicago lost for the seventh time in nine games as
(2-3) gave up eight runs and 11 hits over five innings. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.73 ERA in four starts since April
Floyd did not throw a first-pitch strike to the first 11 batters he faced. Pavano was 10-for-10 until
let an outside pitch go past for ball one.
''In the big leagues, if you don't throw a strike, I don't care how good you are, you're going to get killed,''
said. ''He couldn't throw his curve for strikes because he couldn't throw his fastball for strikes. You have to command your
fastball to make the other pitches work.''
Floyd said he needs to follow Pavano's example of being aggressive.
''I need to get ahead and attack guys,'' the right-hander said. ''I'm trying to hit corners and be perfect with everything
instead of just going after people and make them put the ball in play.''
The last time Pavano faced Chicago, he pitched a three-hit shutout on June 16, 2004, for Florida on the way to an 18-8 record.
He signed a four-year contract worth nearly $40 million with the
New York Yankees
, but spent most of his time on the disabled list and had only nine wins before getting a one-year, $1.5 million deal with
Cleveland in January.
''The guys played great behind me and scored runs early, but personally I'm disappointed,'' Pavano said. ''I needed to go
deeper. This is a game that I should have kept the bullpen out of it.
''I got some pitches up later in the game and got hit, but each game I go out there, I've felt stronger.''
The Indians built a 6-0 lead through four innings despite wasting some scoring chances. They had runners at second and third
with one out in a two-run first and left them stranded. They had two on and none out in the second and didn't score.
Choo had an RBI single and DeRosa an RBI double in Cleveland's two-run first.
Choo's bases-loaded single scored two to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Floyd then hit DeRosa in the left forearm with a pitch
to reload the bases and Peralta followed with a two-run single to center.
''I was more aggressive,'' Choo said. ''The last few games, I was looking for walks. Tonight, I tried to make it simple -
see the ball, hit the ball.''
is expected to return to the club Tuesday following the birth of his daughter, Peytra, on Sunday. ... A.J. Pierzynski is hitting
.441 (15-for-34) with eight RBIs over his last nine games. ... Peralta had three hits for the third time in his last five
games and is 10-for-23 (.435) over that span. ...
is scheduled to make his first start of the season on Tuesday. Guillen moved Richard up one day to give LHP
an extra day of rest.