Indians Victorious In Game 1 Slugfest
CHICAGO – Jason Kipnis reached base six times and scored four runs, Ryan Raburn homered and drove in four, and the Cleveland Indians rallied from five down early on to pound the Chicago White Sox 19-10 in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.
The Indians matched a season high for runs. They also set one with eight doubles while falling one hit shy of their season best with 21 in a game that lasted just over four hours.
Yet despite all that, Cleveland had to dig itself out of a five-run hole after the first inning and hang on after a nine-run lead dwindled to four.
Raburn gave the Indians some breathing room with a two-run drive off Ramon Troncoso in the seventh, making it 16-10. He also had a two-run single to break a 5-all tie in the fourth and spark a six-run rally.
Kipnis, who grew up in suburban Northbrook, Ill., had three doubles and drove in two runs. The only out he made was when Alejandro De Aza ran down his line drive to left in the ninth.
Mike Aviles added three hits, two runs and two RBIs, sending the Indians to a lopsided victory after they looked like they were ready to be blown out.
Things weren’t looking good for Cleveland after Adam Dunn and Jeff Keppinger homered while chasing Trevor Bauer during a five-run first, but they turned it around.
The Tribe scored five against Hector Santiago in the second and broke it open on Brian Omogrosso (0-2), who allowed nine runs in 2 1-3 innings.
The Indians sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth against him, with Raburn’s two-run, bases-loaded single breaking the tie and Drew Stubbs’ RBI triple off the wall in right-center making it 11-5.
Omogrosso also gave up run-scoring doubles to Nick Swisher, Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall in the fifth as the lead grew to 14-5.
The White Sox scored four in the bottom half, with Tyler Flowers greeting Cody Allen with a three-run homer to pull Chicago within five, and Keppinger made it a four-run game with an RBI single in the sixth before Cleveland broke it open again.