CHICAGO(AP) While the
celebrated a rare road triumph delivered by a bunch of rookies,
was furious with his flailing team.
hit consecutive home runs off former Cleveland ace
and the Indians beat Chicago 8-4 on Sunday, handing the
their fifth loss in six games.
''It's so disappointing when you play like that,'' Guillen said. ''It takes the wind out of you. We don't know what to do.
Everything we try doesn't work. Maybe if I go crazy with the media and (rip) my team ... I might wake them up. But it's wasting
have been outscored 35-17 in going 2-5 on a homestand that concludes with a five-game series against first-place Detroit.
The defending AL Central champions, who are 4 1/2 games behind the Tigers and only 2 1/2 games ahead of last-place Cleveland,
are 2 for 39 with runners in scoring position in their last six games.
Chicago had a chance to get back into Sunday's game in the eighth but couldn't put together a big rally.
walked with the bases loaded and nobody out to cut it to 8-4 but
on a diving catch by center fielder
''We had a great opportunity ... and we did what we do best: strike out,'' Guillen said, adding that ''a good percent'' of
his players are choking under pressure. The manager then left the interview room spewing expletives about his team.
(1-2) allowed three runs - all on
's homer - in five innings to earn his first career victory.
Gimenez, Valbuena and Huff are playing because the Indians have been decimated by injuries. They currently have eight players
on the disabled list.
''Those guys did great,'' said
, who doubled twice, singled and drove in two runs. ''To see those guys come up and have success like that, it kind of energizes
you. You can have some fun.''
The Indians hadn't been having much fun on the road. They are 13-20 away from Cleveland and this was only the second road
series they've won all season.
''Anytime you take two of three on the opponents' turf, it's huge,'' said Gimenez, who has homered in each of his two games
since being called up from the minors. ''We're really trying to climb back into the race. Everyone knows we're not out of
Valbuena's homer was the first of his career.
and Shin-Soo Choo also hit back-to-back homers as Colon (3-6) was booed repeatedly by the home crowd. Colon, who won 75 games
for the Indians from 1997 to 2002, has allowed 12 homers in 11 starts this season.
Cleveland has hit consecutive home runs on five occasions this season, including three times in this three-game series.
Huff was the 11th starter the
have faced for the first time this season. Those pitchers are a combined 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA against Chicago.
''We just need to bring a little more intensity, a little more energy, to the table,'' Chicago's
said. ''Right now, it's kind of a dead period for us.
''It's frustrating, and it's easy for clubs to kind of get sucked into it and come to the ballpark without that swagger and
energy you need. We've got Detroit coming in. We'll try to come to the ballpark refreshed.''
Notes: Colon became the first pitcher to allow back-to-back homers twice in a game since Detroit's
on Aug. 20 at Texas, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ...
, demoted to the minors last month with an 0-5 record and 8.19 ERA, will return to the rotation for Monday's doubleheader
nightcap. ... Cleveland pitchers walked eight and lead the majors with 243 walks. ... After coming off the DL on Friday and
playing two straight games, Indians DH
got the day off. He is hitless in 15 career at-bats against Colon. ...
returned after serving a two-game suspension for spiking his helmet and arguing with an umpire. He went 0 for 3, including
a double-play grounder that let Huff escape a first-inning jam.