Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a home
run and three RBI and Carlos Santana also homered as the Cleveland Indians
hammered the Chicago White Sox, 12-5, in the opener of a three-game series.
Santana, Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes each drove in two runs to ignite a
Cleveland offense that needed a lift.
The Indians' explosion was a surprising one considering they scored just 13
runs during a winless six-game road trip and hours before the contest placed
one of their best offensive weapons, second baseman Jason Kipnis, on the 15-
day disabled list.
The outburst allowed Danny Salazar (1-3) to pick up his first win of the year
despite giving up five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five-plus
Chicago dropped its third in a row even though rookie Jose Abreu smacked his
league-leading 11th home run.
John Danks (2-2), who came in with a 2.79 earned run average in his last six
starts in Cleveland, was tattooed for eight runs on 10 hits over five frames.
The left-hander retired the first batter he faced before allowing the next
seven to reach base. Santana lined a two-bagger into the left-field corner for
the first run, Raburn added two more via a single and Gomes knocked in a pair
with a bases-loaded double for a quick 5-0 Cleveland lead.
The White Sox began chipping away immediately with three runs in the second
via RBI singles from Alejandro De Aza and Adrian Nieto followed by a run-
scoring passed ball, but Danks gave another back in the bottom half when
Santana took him deep to left for his fourth home run of the season.
Michael Bourn made it 7-3 with an RBI single in the third, and Abreu and
Brantley exchanged solo shots in the fifth.
In the sixth, Bryan Shaw's wild pitch with the bases loaded pushed another run
across and cut Chicago's deficit to 8-5, but the Indians poured on four more
off the White Sox's bullpen in the bottom half to pull away.
Scott Downs gave up an RBI single to Nick Swisher, and Maikel Cleto yielded a
two-run single to Brantley and later threw a wild pitch that allowed David
Murphy to score.
The White Sox have lost seven in a row in Cleveland and were 1-8 there last
season. They'd lost 14 straight against the Indians until winning three of
four in Chicago last month ... Chicago's bullpen had not allowed a run in its
previous five games (16 1/3 innings) prior to the sixth frame ... Kipnis is
sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle ... Nieto recorded three of
Chicago's 10 hits ... Cleveland's bullpen held the White Sox to three hits
over the last four innings.