Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer off Cleveland closer John Axford to carry the Chicago White Sox to a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Indians Sunday at Progressive Field.
Armed with a two-run lead in the ninth, Axford walked Gordon Beckham on four pitches. After fanning Jose Abreu, Axford walked Adam Dunn and Viciedo followed with a laser out to right on a 2-2 pitch.
Viciedo’s blast ended a four-game losing streak for the White Sox (15-17) and an eight-game losing streak at Progressive Field.
Andre Rienzo lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Daniel Webb (2-0) got the win after tossing a perfect eighth while Matt Lindstrom notched his fourth save of the season.
Starter Corey Kluber was impressive, allowing just one run on three hits with two walks and a career-high 13 strikeouts in eight innings for the Indians (13-18).
Kluber also set the team record for consecutive strikeouts by fanning seven straight from one out in the third through two outs in the fifth. During that stretch, he set down Beckham, Abreu, Dunn, Viciedo, Alexei Ramirez and Jordan Danks swinging and got Tyler Flowers looking.
Abreu gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first inning by connecting on his Major League-leading 12th homer.
However, the White Sox had only singles from Garcia and Viciedo over the next seven innings, with Kluber yielding three hits over eight innings and 110 pitches.
George Kottaras, who is with the Indians because starting catcher Yan Gomes is on paternity leave, went deep in the third to tie the game.
Lonnie Chisenhall’s bloop single to second scored Michael Brantley with a second run that inning. Kottaras launched his second home run in as many innings in the fourth, becoming the first Indians player to homer in his first two at-bats, for a 3-1 lead.