CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians got an encouraging start from rookie T.J. House. It still wasn’t enough
to avoid the sweep.
Moises Sierra drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat
the Indians 3-2 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Hector Noesi and House each delivered dominant starts. The Indians’ Jason Giambi hit his 440th homer, but
the Tribe dropped their fourth straight.
They’ll have time to regroup with no game Thursday after playing 16 straight days.
“Yeah, it’ll be good for us,” manager Terry Francona said. “Everybody’s dragging a little bit, and we
need to go home and take the day off, use it to our advantage and then come out and get after it.”
House did his part in his second major league start. He gave up just one run and five hits in 6 1-3
innings and struck out eight while walking one.
“Everything was working pretty much,” he said. “I was able to throw all my pitches in the zone, expand
when I needed to.”
House left with a 1-0 lead after giving up back-to-back singles to Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez, who was
thrown out trying to stretch it to a double, but didn’t get enough support to pick up his first win. The
Indians managed just five runs in this series.
Cleveland had just scored a run in the top of the ninth off Ronald Belisario (3-3) to tie it at 2-2 when
the White Sox answered in the bottom half against Bryan Shaw (1-1).
Third baseman Mike Aviles bounced the throw to first on Tyler Flowers’ leadoff grounder. Pinch-runner
Leury Garcia stole second and moved up on a fly by Marcus Semien before Sierra lined a 3-2 pitch to
right for the winning single, teammates mobbing him around first base.
“I’ve done that in the minor leagues before,” Sierra said. “But never in the major leagues and I’m very
happy and very thankful for that.”
It all happened after a botched throw on a routine play.
“Routine ground ball, play that’s gotta be made, and I didn’t make it,” Aviles said.
The White Sox took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Dunn drove in Gordon Beckham with a bases-loaded
sacrifice fly against Cody Allen, but Belisario couldn’t hold it in the ninth.
Michael Brantley drove a leadoff single off the pitcher’s right hip, and the problems just mounted from
The Indians caught a break when Adam Dunn overthrew second after fielding Jason Kipnis’ grounder to
first. With two out, Belisario intentionally walked Jason Giambi before Brantley scored on Yan Gomes’
single, barely sliding in ahead of a strike from Sierra in right to tie it at 2-all.
The blown save was the third in six chances for Belisario.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead on Giambi’s solo homer off Noesi in the second. But Chicago tied it in the
seventh when Dunn singled leading off against House and scored on a two-out base hit by Semien against
Noesi, meanwhile, dominated over 7 1-3 innings but still is seeking his first win in more than two years.
He gave up one run and five hits while striking out five without a walk. But the winless streak
The right-hander is 0-4 in six starts and 12 appearances this season with Seattle, Texas and Chicago and
0-14 in his last 40 games. His most recent win? That was when he beat Minnesota while with Seattle on
May 6, 2012.
“He’s really transitioned well from going as the long guy in the bullpen to being a starter,” manager
Robin Ventura said. “I think he’s gotten a better feel for some different pitches just because now he’s
going through the lineup a couple times and he’s able to get a feel for it instead of being in there for
an inning or an inning and a half.”
NOTES: Francona said RHP Zach McAllister (lower back strain) will throw Friday on the field at
Progressive Field, possibly in a simulated-game setting. McAllister was placed on the 15-day disabled
list last Thursday and threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday. . Francona said INF Nick Swisher (left
knee) was examined and “structurally, he’s pretty good” and had injections in both knees. “I think that
the initial view is that it won’t be an extended DL,” Francona said. … With Kipnis activated from the
15-day disabled list, INF Justin Sellers was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. … The White Sox have not
decided if slugger Jose Abreu (left ankle tendinitis) will need rehab at-bats, although he is on course
to return from the disabled list when he’s eligible. Ventura doesn’t expect Abreu to be limited when he