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Sox complete winning road trip

April 11 at Cleveland

Today's Sox Crew:
The Sox hauled in some lumber and built a nice deck on the back of their house.

Short Take: Alejandro De Aza and A.J. Pierzynski both hit home runs, and the Sox scalped the Tribe 10-6 to finish 3-2 on their season-opening road swing.

Through the first four games of the season, the White Sox had only scored a total of 10 runs. On Wednesday, the bats broke out and they doubled that total.

Alejandro De Aza and A.J. Pierzynski both hit home runs, the Sox used an 11-hit attack to take down the Cleveland Indians 10-6.

The bats got going early as the Sox touched up Cleveland ace Justin Masterson (0-1) for four runs in the first inning. Adam Dunn had an RBI single, Paul Konerko an RBI double and Pierzynski a sacrifice fly. The Sox also scored a run on a Masterson wild pitch.

It's a good thing the Sox got out to that early lead because starting pitcher John Danks (1-1) struggled with his control all afternoon. The left-hander gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He got the win, but he walked five batters. Two of those free passes came in the bottom of the fifth and when both scored on a two-run double by Travis Hafner, the Sox once comfortable four-run lead had been cut to 5-4.

But the offense went back to work in the sixth. After Gordon Beckham doubled, De Aza connected for his second home run of the season to increase the South Siders' advantage to 7-4. The Sox weren't done. Brent Morel walked and advanced to second on a Dunn grounder. With two outs and a base open, Cleveland manager Manny Acta ordered an intentional walk of Konerko, setting up a lefty-on-lefty matchup between Pierzynski and Indians reliever Rafael Perez.

That move worked out quite nicely for the Sox as Pierzynski got a hanging slider from Perez and cranked it into the right field seats for a three-run homer. 10-4 Sox.

As Hawk would say, there were some "greased tee" moments the last three innings as the Sox labored to protect the lead. Shelley Duncan hit a two-run homer off reliever Will Ohman in the seventh to make it 10-6. An error by Beckham in the eighth allowed the Indians to place runners at first and third with one out. Fortunately, right-hander Jesse Crain struck out Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana consecutively to end the threat. Matt Thornton worked a scoreless ninth to nail down the win.

With the victory, the Sox finish the road trip with a 3-2 record. After Thursday's off day, it will be time to celebrate the home opener on the South Side Friday afternoon. The Sox will face the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m. Right-hander Jake Peavy (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox. He'll be opposed by Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer (0-0, 23.63 ERA). See you at the ballpark!

KW Appreciates The Game:
I appreciate you walking Konerko to get to Pierzynski, Manny.

submitted by JB98.

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