CHICAGO: All seemed lost when the Tribe went out to take its last at-bats in the ninth with the White Sox leading 8-5. But Addison Reed couldn’t hold it, and with two outs, the score was tied.
Then it was untied, as Nick Swisher slammed a line drive over the wall in right of his eighth home run of the year, giving the Indians a 9-8 win and a sweep in Friday’s makeup doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field.
“”Swish is feeling good about himself,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “”That was a really good swing he took. It would really be nice if he got hot.’’
Swisher was struggling at the plate until recently, partly because of a shoulder injury that kept him out of five games.
“”Swish is going to catch fire,’’ Jason Giambi said.
Carlos Carrasco squirmed out of a potential deep jam in the first inning, when he loaded the bases with one out but gave up just one run on a sacrifice fly. Carrasco stayed out of trouble for the next three innings but allowed a run in the fifth on Jeff Keppinger’s RBI single.
Still, it was a good night’s work in progress – until the sixth, when the Sox scored four times. Rich Hill gave the White Sox a boost, even though all the runs were charged to Carrasco, who gave up a two-run double to Alejandro De Aza before leaving with two outs and runners on second and third.
“”I really thought Carrasco battled his tail off,’’ Francona said. “”They made him work, and he didn’t always locate.’’
Hill entered the game and yielded a two-run single to Adam Dunn. The lefty did not get the final out of the inning until he had issued two walks (one intentional) and a single that loaded the bases before Gordon Beckham flied out.
The Indians jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, largely because of Jose Quintana’s wildness and three consecutive hits to start the gams by Michael Bourn, Mike Aviles and Jason Kipnis. Their fifth run came on Mark Reynolds’s home run leading off the sixth.
“”This is probably one of the most rewarding days I’ve ever been a part of,’’ Francona said.
And one of the longest.
The seven hours, 53 minutes of baseball for a nine-inning doubleheader ranks as the longest in major-league history.