After struggling in his first two appearances, Myers looks to get back on track and help the Indians keep the White Sox winless on the road with a sixth consecutive defeat Sunday.
Myers (0-1, 12.19 ERA) went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 35 relief appearances for Chicago (4-7) after being acquired from Houston in July, but is back in the starting rotation with Cleveland (5-5) - though his last outing came in relief.
After he allowed seven runs on four homers in five innings of a 10-8 loss to Toronto on April 4, the right-hander was scheduled to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees , but manager Terry Francona went with Carlos Carrasco in his first appearance since elbow surgery.
Carrasco was ejected in the fourth inning for beaning Kevin Youkilis , then Myers yielded seven runs and 11 hits, including three homers, in 5 1-3 innings of the 14-1 loss.
"(Myers) completely saved our bullpen," Francona told the Indians' official website. "He pitched fairly effectively for a couple innings and then they were in swing mode and he left some fastballs out over the plate that got whacked. So I think you can harp on that as a staff, or you can look to what he did well and try to capitalize on that. That's what we choose to do.
"He's not the power pitcher that maybe he was 10 years ago, so the wiggle room for when he doesn't locate his fastball isn't what it was. So, he has to pitch accordingly."
Myers, who last started against Chicago in 2004, must find a way to keep the ball in the park against a White Sox club that's scored 22 of its 39 runs off homers.
Chicago, however, has been outscored 22-10 in its last four games and remains the majors' only team without a road victory after Saturday's 9-4 loss. The White Sox have not started 0-6 on the road since 1968.
"Nobody likes losing a game, they're tough games," manager Robin Ventura told the White Sox's official website. "(But) they've been through long seasons before... (and) you can't start heading down that road of looking at the negatives."
Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam and had five RBIs to put the Indians in position to record their first series sweep of the White Sox since April 16-18, 2010.
Nick Swisher , who played for Chicago in 2008, hit a two-run homer one night after he drove home the winner in the ninth of Friday's 1-0 win. Dating to 2008, Swisher is batting .406 with 19 RBIs during a 20-game hitting streak at Progressive Field.
He's 9 for 25 in his last eight games versus Chicago, but is 1 for 9 with six strikeouts against scheduled starter Jake Peavy (1-1, 5.56).
After yielding one earned run in six innings of a 5-2 win over Kansas City on April 3, Peavy allowed six and three homers in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-7 loss at Washington on Tuesday. The right-hander, however, is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA in his last four starts against the Indians.
Alex Rios went 0 for 4 on Saturday to end his 10-game hitting streak.
Teammate Adam Dunn is 1 for 17 in his last four contests and 3 for 26 with two homers and a double versus Myers.
Slugger Jason Giambi is expected to make his Indians debut Sunday after beginning the season on the disabled list with a strained back.
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|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) -- The Chicago White Sox finally found the formula to win on the road.
Jake Peavy struck out 11 in seven innings, Paul Konerko homered and the White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Sunday.
Not only did the White Sox break their five-game losing streak, they won for the first time this season away from U.S. Cellular Field.
Chicago began the day as the majors' only winless team on the road. The White Sox were swept three games in Washington before dropping the first two against the Indians. Chicago avoided its first 0-6 start on the road since 1968.
"In this five-game skid, we've had a chance to get that big hit and make that big pitch and we just haven't been able to do it," Peavy said. "It's not like we've been getting boat-raced every night."
Peavy (2-1) gave up a home run to Michael Bourn on his first pitch of the game - a line drive that landed in Chicago's bullpen - but held the Indians to five hits overall and didn't walk a batter.
"I didn't expect Bourn to swing there," Peavy said. "He got me."
Indians manager Terry Francona gave full credit to Peavy, who retired 12 straight batters at one point and improved to 4-0 in five career starts against Cleveland.
"Bournie kind of ambushed him the first pitch of the game, but after that we didn't have many opportunities to score until late," Francona said. "He's just a really good veteran pitcher."
A day after watching left-hander Chris Sale allow a career-high eight runs in 4 1-3 innings, White Sox manager Robin Ventura liked what he saw from Peavy.
"He was just sharp today," Ventura said. "It was one of those (games) where he just seemed to be hitting the glove."
Bourn left in the eighth with a cut on hand that needed five stitches to close and is expected to sideline him for several games.
First baseman Adam Dunn fielded Bourn's slow grounder and tossed to pitcher Matt Thornton , who was covering on the play. Bourn made a headfirst into the bag for an infield hit, but Thornton stepped on his hand.
Francona and a trainer examined Bourn, who was removed because of the cut on the index finger of his right hand.
Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his fourth save, retiring Jason Giambi with a runner on to end the game.
Konerko's two-run homer ruined a solid effort from Brett Myers (0-2), who took a shutout into the sixth. Cleveland's right-hander allowed 14 earned runs, including seven homers, in 10 1-3 innings in his first two appearances, but held the White Sox to four hits through five.
After Jeff Keppinger reached on third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall 's error to begin the sixth, Alex Rios bounced into a double play. Dunn walked and Konerko hit a 3-1 pitch into the bleachers.
The home run was the second of the season for Konerko, who has hit 30 or more home runs seven times in his career.
"I feel like I'm climbing a little bit," he said. "I feel better. I wouldn't say I'm clicking on all cylinders, but just trying to grind through here. Early on, you're playing in tough weather, tough pitching and all that stuff. And it doesn't come easy."
Said Peavy: "We knew it was a matter of time that somebody was going to come up with a big hit. Who better than our captain?"
Konerko has 16 career home runs and 75 RBIs at Progressive Field.
The White Sox have made a habit of playing close games in the early going. Chicago has played 12 games, with 11 being decided by three runs or less. The exception was Saturday's 9-4 loss.
"It looked like after that first few innings it was going to shake out to be a tight ballgame, as it was," Peavy said. "We were fortunate enough to come out on the right side of things."
Giambi made his first appearance for the Indians, starting as the designated hitter and going hitless in four at-bats. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained back and was activated Friday.
The Indians again played without second baseman Jason Kipnis (sore left elbow) and catcher Carlos Santana (bruised left thumb) in the starting lineup. Kipnis was also out on Saturday while Santana, who walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, had missed three straight games.
The Indians are off Monday and begin a three-game series Tuesday against Boston at Progressive Field. Francona will face the Red Sox, the team he managed for eight seasons, for the first time since being replaced following the 2011 season when Boston collapsed down the stretch. Francona led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.
NOTES: Chicago, which is on a 10-game road trip, begins a four-game series in Toronto on Monday. The White Sox will face former teammate Mark Buehrle in the opener. RHP Gavin Floyd (0-2, 5.56) will start for Chicago. ... The White Sox placed INF Angel Sanchez (strained lower back) on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of INF Tyler Greene from Triple-A Charlotte. LHP Charlie Leesman was designated for assignment to make room for Greene on the 40-man roster. ... RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 6.97) will pitch the opener of the Boston series on Tuesday.