Westbrook, Tribe blanks Sox

Jake Westbrook rebounded from his last ugly start as he pitched seven shutout innings in the Tribe’s 5-0 win over the White Sox. It was the first time Chicago has been shut out all season. Jake only surrendered six base hits and did not walk a batter as he got his fifth win. The Tribe end the month of May right at the .500 mark with a record of 26-26.

“My changeup worked well,” Westbrook said. “A lot of times it’s not what I rely on to get outs, but I use it to set up my sinker. That’s what I did tonight.”

The top of the Indians’ lineup led the way. Grady Sizemore continues to be locked in at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBI. He has now hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games. Jason Michaels stayed hot as well, adding a double and two RBI. Ben Broussard gave the Tribe the early lead with a solo homer in the second on a 3-o pitch.

Jake really had his sinker working Wednesday night and pitched much more effectively than his last outing when he left most of his pitches up in the strike zone. As for Grady and Michaels, they are starting to light up the top of the order.

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