Jimenez, Sox Pound Indians 12-3

Carlos Lee hit a homer for a third straight game, D'Angelo Jimenez went 4-5 and Josh Stewart picked up his first major league win as the White Sox beat the Indians 12-3 on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jimenez continued his early season hitting, raising his average to .355 and his RBI total to 12, while Lee, who was just 2-26 with no RBIs to start the season, has three home runs and 10 RBIs in the last three games.

Stewart rebounded from his last start, giving up two runs (one earned) in six innings of work. The Sox scored nine runs of Brian Anderson, but only two were earned, the other seven coming off four errors.

The Sox jumped out to a big lead early, with a six-run first. Jimenez started thing off with his first of four singles. Tony Graffanino reached first off a throwing error by first baseman Travis Hafner (Hafner was trying to get the force out at second), and a Paul Konerko single three batters later, scoring Jimenez and moving Graffanino to third.

Lee then singled in a run and scored on a Joe Crede two-run double. With two outs, Aaron Rowand was hit by a pitch and Miguel Olivo reach on an infield single to load the bases, bringing Jimenez to the plate for the second time in the inning. Jimenez drove in two runs with single, putting the Sox up 6-0.

After pitching out of trouble in the first, Stewart gave up a RBI-double to Hafner in the second. Scoring on the play was catcher Tim Laker, who reached on a throwing error by Stewart to start the inning.

Stewart went on to allow a baserunner each inning except the fifth, and gave up a solo home run to Casey Blake in the sixth. Stewart was relieved after six innings, being replaced by Gary Glover and Kelly Wunsch, each throwing a scoreless inning of relief. Billy Koch pitched the ninth and gave up one run (solo home run to Hafner).

The Sox added extra runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, two coming off singles by Jimenez and the other off a Magglio Ordonez homer. Ordonez went 1-4 for the game.

The final three runs were scored in the eighth. With Frank Thomas on second (double) and Brian Daubach on first (pinch-hit walk for Ordonez), Lee homered down the line to left, putting the Sox up 12-3.

Thomas went 2-5 for the game and Olivo went 3-4. Rowand went 0-2, scoring two runs, and Konerko went 2-5 with a RBI.

The third game of the four-game set will be Sunday afternoon at 1:05 CT, with Mark Buehrle taking the mound against Jason Davis. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net Chicago.


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