Indians take series against Sox

The Tribe outlasted the White Sox in a wild and thrilling seesaw battle Thursday night at the Jake. The 12-8 win by the Tribe featured five lead changes and multiple big innings by both teams. The Sox scored four in the third off Paul Byrd and opened up a three-run lead. After getting a run back in the bottom of the third, the Tribe put up four of their own in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. However, the fun was just beginning. After Scott Sauerbeck walked two in the seventh, Fernando Cabrera came in to face Jermaine Dye, who hit his second homer of the night to give the Sox a one-run lead. Then, as they had done all night, the Indians returned the favor and scored four more in the bottom of the inning with the help of Ronnie Belliard’s three-run home run off Brandon McCarthy.

“There were so many emotional swings, but when Ronnie kept fouling off those pitches, I think everybody on our bench just knew — just felt — he was going to come through. But to end that at-bat with a home run, that’s just incredible,” Jason Michaels said.

With the exception of Jhonny Peralta, pretty much the entire Indians lineup contributed to the wild victory. Ben Broussard had four hits, amazingly one shy of the whole Sox team. Usually dominant, Jose Contreras was rocked for six runs in five innings. This was one of the biggest wins of the season for the Tribe, especially considering who was on the mound for the White Sox. A win like this can be a huge boost for a ballclub. With the way the game was going and how the Indians’ bats were on fire, it just seemed like there was no doubt they were going to come back and win. It’s three in a row now and slowly the Tribe is getting it’s swagger and confidence back. What a great game to be at!

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