Sox Maintain One-Game Lead in AL Central

Chicago 5, Cleveland 4

Monday, Sep 24, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 PM CDT
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Sox Maintain One-Game Lead in AL Central

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Chicago White Sox's A.J. Pierzynski is out at second on a fielder's choice as Cleveland Indian's Asdrubal Cabrera, left, makes the tag in the fifth inning.

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Adam Dunn homered twice, including a clutch three-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 on Monday night to maintain their one-game lead in the AL Central.

Dunn drove an 0-2 pitch from Vinnie Pestano (3-3) over the wall in right-center with runners on the corners and two out in the eighth, putting Chicago ahead 5-3. Kevin Youkilis kept the inning alive with an infield single before Dunn connected for his 41st homer of the season.

Dunn also went deep in the sixth as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak and stayed in front of second-place Detroit, which beat Kansas City 6-2. The top two teams in the division each have nine games left.

Brett Myers (3-3) pitched the eighth for the win. The Indians got a run in the ninth when Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-out RBI double off Donnie Veal, who then retired Jason Kipnis on a grounder to convert his first save opportunity of the season.

Cleveland starter Zach McAllister struck out seven in six innings and was charged with two runs and four hits.

Chicago ace Chris Sale gave up 10 hits in seven innings, including Russ Canzler's two-run homer in the sixth that gave the Indians a 3-1 lead.

The White Sox had another run cut down at the plate in the fourth when Alejandro De Aza tried to score from first on Youkilis' double into the left-field corner. Catcher Lou Marson took the relay throw from third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and first base umpire Dan Bellino, who was covering the plate, called De Aza out.

A replay showed that De Aza's foot hit the plate before the tag.

The White Sox tied it in the fifth on another close play after Alex Rios singled and A. J. Pierzynski walked. After a fielder's choice put runners at the corners, Alexei Ramirez hit a grounder to shortstop and just beat the relay throw to first, allowing Rios to score on the failed double play.

Cleveland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third on Kipnis' single and Asdrubal Cabrera's double to right.

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