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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 
frames. 

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. 

                                   Game Notes 

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. 

 
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