CHICAGO: The just-concluded seven-game road trip was the start of a stretch where the Indians play 17 of 23 games away from Progressive Field.
Road warriors they are not.
The Chicago White Sox manufactured a run in the bottom of the ninth on an error, a stolen base, a sacrifice fly and Moises Sierra’s RBI single to right for a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.
The White Sox swept the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field and handed the Indians their fourth consecutive loss. That dropped the Tribe to 2-5 on the trip to Baltimore and Chicago and to an American League-low 9-19 on the road this season.
The Indians have lost four of their last six road series.
After an off day today,the Indians will host the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox for a six-game homestand that should be a welcome respite.
“We’re not clicking right now,” Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi said. “We’re taking two steps forward and two steps back.”
In the ninth, Tyler Flowers reached on an error on third baseman Mike Aviles. Flowers was replaced by pinch runner Leury Garcia, who stole second, then went to third on Marcus Semien’s sacrifice fly to right. Sierra connected off right-hander Bryan Shaw (1-1, 1.46) to end it.
Giambi hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot just inside the right field foul pole in the second inning.
But the White Sox tied it on Semien’s RBI single in the seventh, then went ahead 2-1 in the eighth on Adam Dunn’s sacrifice fly to left field.
The Indians struck back in the top of the ninth when Michael Brantley hit a hard liner that hit right-hander Ronald Belisario in the side. Brantley advanced to second on a groundout to first that could have been a double play had Dunn’s throw not sailed into left field. Yan Gomes singled to right and Brantley slid home safely, barely avoiding Flowers’ tag.
After a David Murphy leadoff single in the third, White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi retired 10 consecutive batters. That string was broken when Michael Bourn notched his 1,000th career hit with a one-out single to right in the sixth inning. Bourn has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
Also in the sixth, Brantley extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active in the league, with a single to right.
Indians rookie left-hander T.J. House made a marked improvement in his second-major-league start. House limited the White Sox to one run on five hits in 6? innings. He walked one and struck out eight.
Manhandled by the Indians 17-2 in the season series in 2013, the White Sox are 7-3 this year.
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