Asdrubal Cabrera drove in five runs and Jeanmar Gomez won his fifth straight start for Cleveland as the Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Thursday night to remain in second place in the AL Central.
Gomez (5-2) gave up one earned run and four hits over six innings. Since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Cabrera hit a three-run homer and tied his career-high for RBIs. Kosuke Fukudome added three RBIs and Travis Hafner singled for his 1,000th career hit as Cleveland moved 1.5 games ahead of the White Sox.
Fukudome's two-out, two-run single off Philip Humber (9-9) in the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie.
Fukudome and Jason Kipnis hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the first inning. That's the first time in 40-years that the Tribe started the game with back-to-back home runs. Graig Nettles and Vada Pinson turned the trick back in 1971.
Tonight, the Indians play the Minnesota Twins in the start of a four-game series. First pitch is at 7:05. Before the game, the Indians will honor Jim Thome.
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The season is winding down for the Cleveland Indians. Only a dozen games remain for the Tribe, who has a record of 75 wins and 75 losses and are in second place in the American League Central Division.
So, what does the 2012 version of the Cleveland Indians look like? Indians Senior Vice-President of Public Relations Bobby DiBiasio says without adding a player, the payroll for the team will jump about $20 million next year. Why? As younger players move up the ladder, they get paid more money.
On the pitching staff, Ubaldo Jimenez will be with the Tribe for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Justin Masterson, Fausto Carmona and a healthy Josh Tomlin will be back with the Tribe. Other possible building blocks on the pitching staff include David Huff and Jeanmar Gomez.
The Indians will open the 2012 season at Progressive Field on Thursday April 5th against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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