CHICAGO(AP) Even after trading many of their big salaries, the
have remained competitive on the field.
hit a two-run homer and added a solo shot, leading the
to a 6-2 victory over the
Chicago White Sox
on Friday night.
The Indians won despite grounding into six double plays, tying an American League record for the 14th time.
, but have won 11 of its last 16 games. Before the game, the Indians traded veteran right-hander
to the Twins.
''You pitch well, you play pretty good defense and you hit and you're going to win games regardless of what names are out
there on the field,'' said Shoppach. ''Sometimes when you get guys coming up here and there's no pressure on them, they get
an opportunity to get comfortable real quick. If we were at the top of this pennant race and we have a bunch of young guys
in the lineup, they're going to feel some pressure to perform.''
(4-7), who came into the game with a 0-6 record with a 6.31 ERA lifetime against Chicago, hung on for the victory. He pitched
seven-plus innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He struck out three and walked two. He retired 12 in a row starting in
the fourth inning and ending the seventh inning by getting
to fly out.
''Outstanding outing for
. He was aggressive after the hitters. He had a good tempo on the mound and did a nice job,'' said bench coach
, who was the acting manager as
missed the game to attend the funeral of his mother-in-law.
dropped their second straight game to fall three games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Chicago had the bases loaded with
no outs in the eighth inning, but failed to score. Indians reliever
to pop out.
finished off the inning by getting A.J. Pierzynski to line out.
closed out the game by getting
to fly out with runners on second and third.
(11-6) continued to struggle after his perfect game against the Rays on July 23. Buehrle allowed six runs and 11 hits in 7
2-3 innings. He is 0-3 with a 8.35 ERA since his perfect game.
''I don't know if it is location or no movement. I think everything was kind of flat, missing his spots,'' said
. ''I don't know if it is fatigue or ... The last three starts is not the guy we always see on the mound.''
Buehrle induced all six Indians' double plays, becoming the first pitcher since Dick Drag did it in one game in 1972.
''The six double plays that means you really had bad pitching on the mound. When you make that many double plays that means
you have a lot of people on base,'' said Guillen.
led off the game with a single, then
hit a routine grounder that appeared to be the start of a double play, but second baseman
made an errant flip to second that got by shortstop
. Sizemore advanced to third, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Buehrle then hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch
to load the bases. Sizemore ended up scoring on
's double play ball and Buehrle limited the damage by getting
to ground out.
Buehrle allowed a leadoff single to
in the second inning, then Shoppach hit Buehrle's next pitch into the seats in right. It was Shoppach's eighth homer of the
''I'm in a little funk right now, giving up a lot of hits,'' Buehrle said, who added fatigue is not a factor. ''They're hitting
some good pitches, I'm not making a lot of mistakes. That's why I say this game is luck.''
Beckham hit an RBI double in the third inning and scored on Thome's single. It was Thome's 1,555 career RBI, tying him for
39th on the all-time list with
NOTES: Wedge is scheduled to rejoin the team on Saturday. Bench coach
served as manager in Wedge's absence. ... Before Saturday's game,
will throw his third bullpen session since straining his right ankle tendon. Peavy said there still is no plan set for his
return, but they should have a better indication after Saturday's session.