Neither Cleveland nor Chicago could generate much offense in their series opener.
The Indians won in dramatic fashion, but could have another tough time at the plate when they face White Sox staff ace Chris Sale on Saturday.
Friday was a pitchers' duel in Cleveland, with Justin Masterson besting Jose Quintana by tossing a five-hitter in a 1-0 victory. The Indians (4-5) won when Nick Swisher drove in Michael Bourn from third on a two-out single in the ninth inning off Jesse Crain ."It would have been a shame for us to not go out and get Masty that win," Swisher said.
Instead, it was the White Sox (4-6) that left Quintana without a victory. He yielded one hit without a walk in seven innings and struck out seven - the same as Masterson.
Quintana became the second straight left-hander to frustrate the Indians after Andy Pettitte allowed a run and five hits over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the New York Yankees . Another southpaw is up next.
After throwing 7 2-3 innings in a 1-0 win over Kansas City on opening day, Sale (1-0, 1.84 ERA) gave up three runs - on a two-run homer to Michael Morse and a solo shot to Kendrys Morales - in seven innings of Sunday's 4-3, 10-inning win over Seattle. He allowed five hits in all and struck out seven in his second straight outing."It wasn't his best day as far as command and even stuff, but that's how good he is where he can shut down a pretty good offense like that and keep us in the game and give us a chance," catcher Tyler Flowers said.
This will be the third time in as many starts Sale is taking the ball during the day. Since the start of last season, his 2.64 day ERA is the second-best in the AL among those with at least 10 starts in the afternoon.
He made three starts against the Indians last season, going 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA.
Swisher is 0 for 5 with three strikeouts lifetime against Sale, and Bourn is 1 for 8.
Bourn had one of Cleveland's three hits Friday, and has hit safely in seven of eight games, batting .333 (12 for 36).
The Indians avoided their first 0-3 home start since 1996, and sent Chicago to its first 0-4 road start since 1978. The White Sox haven't dropped their first five away from Chicago since 1972.
The White Sox opened the season by hitting 11 homers during a 4-2 start at U.S. Cellular Field, but have two home runs since.
Konerko is 5 for 13 (.385) with a homer and four RBIs during the skid, but is 1 for 9 lifetime against scheduled starter Zach McAllister (0-1, 3.00).
McAllister was originally scheduled to start Thursday against the Yankees, but has been bumped back due to consecutive rainouts. In his lone outing, he gave up four runs and six hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay on April 5. He didn't issue a walk but threw two wild pitches.
"It wasn't terrible, but wasn't my best outing," said the right-hander, who has gone 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
|Alejandro De Aza||7||.429||3||0||0||1||0||.500||1.071||.571|
|Chicago White Sox|
|April 10, 2013||Gordon Beckham||15-Day DL||Fractured hamate bone, left wrist|
|April 09, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Left game - nerve irritation, left wrist|
|March 22, 2013||Leyson Septimo||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|March 22, 2013||John Danks||15-Day DL||Recovery from left shoulder surgery|
|April 09, 2013||Lou Marson||15-Day DL||Cervical neck strain|
|April 06, 2013||Lou Marson||Day-to-Day||Cervical neck strain|
|April 03, 2013||Scott Kazmir||Day-to-Day||Sore abdominal muscle|
|April 02, 2013||Scott Kazmir||15-Day DL||Strained right rib cage|
|March 31, 2013||Frank Herrmann||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|March 25, 2013||Jason Giambi||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mark Reynolds came to Cleveland with the reputation of being a hitter who packed plenty of power.
Through the first 10 games, he's proving that to be true.
Reynolds' fifth-inning grand slam keyed Cleveland's 9-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
"He's so strong and when he's swinging the bat like that, it's so pretty to watch," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Reynolds, who leads the team with five homers and 13 RBIs.
Reynolds also came to town with the reputation of often swinging and missing - he has struck out over 200 times in a season three times in his career, after all. He has fanned eight times in 35 at-bats this season but made enough contact off White Sox ace Chris Sale to turn Cleveland's 3-2 lead into a comfortable margin.
"I was looking to put the ball in the air," said Reynolds, who tied a career high with five RBIs. "It wasn't an easy day to get it out of the park, but it's never an easy day here, so far."
Zach McAllister (1-1) pitched into the seventh. The right-hander allowed two unearned runs in the first thanks to Reynolds' throwing error. McAllister gave up three runs in 6 1-3 innings and retired 16 of 17 at one point. He allowed five hits and struck out six.
Reynolds had an RBI single to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead in the third. Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes each hit two-run homers for the Indians.
The loss was Chicago's fifth straight, all on the road. The White Sox are 0-5 away from home for the first time since 1972.
Sale (1-1) gave up Swisher's home run in the first and allowed a career-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings. The left-hander lost to the Indians for the first time in 15 career appearances, including four starts.
"It was a terrible, terrible day," Sale said. "My team needed a better effort and deserved a better effort. I didn't give it to them."
Following Reynolds' home run, Sale's next hit pitch hit Michael Brantley in the back - one of three hit batters Saturday - prompting plate umpire Ed Hickox to immediately warn both teams. Sale then threw a pitch in the dirt that nearly hit Mike Aviles in the foot. He was removed after Aviles flied out before Gomes homered to center off Duente Heath for his first hit of the season.
Sale said he didn't hit Brantley intentionally.
"That was me being an idiot, honestly," he said. "Going out there and trying to overthrow and blow it by him. It got away and hit him. If you're going to hit a guy you don't do it there. I know enough about the game if I was going to do it intentionally it's not going to be at that time. Not only does that look bad on my part, it looks bad on my team and that's not what we're about and that's not what I'm about."
McAllister hit Alexei Ramirez on the left arm with one out in the seventh, but was not ejected. The right-hander was then removed by Francona.
"I just stayed aggressive," McAllister said. "Any time you're able to get ahead of hitters and throw strikes, you're going to be successful."
Reynolds' errant throw to McAllister on Alex Rios ' groundball in the first scored Chicago's first run. Paul Konerko 's single made it 2-0.
Swisher hit his first home run with the Indians to tie the game. He doubled with two outs in the third and scored on Reynolds' single. Swisher was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts against Sale entering the game.
Asdrubal Cabrera led off the fifth with a single and took third when Ryan Raburn doubled. After Swisher was hit in the foot by a pitch, Reynolds hit a 1-1 pitch into the home run porch in left field, giving the Indians a 7-2 lead.
Sale was 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA (eight earned runs in 34 1-3 innings) in 16 career appearances against the Indians entering the game.
The White Sox are the only winless team on the road in the majors.
Swisher has hit in 20 consecutive games at Progressive Field, a streak that began in 2008. He tied Michael Young , who now plays with Philadelphia, for the longest hitting streak in ballpark history. Progressive Field opened in 1994.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Bryan Shaw .
The Indians played without second baseman Jason Kipnis (sore left elbow) and catcher Carlos Santana (bruised left thumb). Francona expects Kipins to play Sunday. Santana was in the original lineup, but the thumb bothered him during batting practice.
Konerko leads active players with 46 homers and 172 RBIs against the Indians.
NOTES: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was released from a northern Virginia hospital Saturday where he had been treated for diverticulitis. He became ill Tuesday while the team was in Washington for a series against the Nationals. Cooper will return to Chicago for more tests. ... C Tyler Flowers , who is hitless in his last 21 at-bats, started Saturday after not playing Friday. ... Francona said DH Jason Giambi would probably play Sunday against RHP Jake Peavy . Giambi, who began the season on the disabled list with a strained back, was activated Friday. ... RHP Brett Myers will start for the Indians.