Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez hit sacrifice flies and the Chicago White Sox, who couldn't do anything against Zach Plesac for eight innings, scored four runs in the ninth - three charged to ineffective Cleveland closer Brad Hand - to beat the Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night.
The Indians got eight terrific innings from Plesac, their No. 5 starter who truck out a career-high 11, shut out the White Sox on three hits and continued a strong run of Cleveland pitching to start the season.
But once he left, the White Sox finally put something together against Hand (0-1). The left-hander gave up a walk and hit a batter in the ninth before the sac flies and rookie Luis Robert's two-run single helped Chicago snap a three-game losing streak and salvage one game in the series.
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito matched Plesac pitch for pitch through six, holding the Indians scoreless on four hits. It was a nice bounce back by the All-Star right-hander, who gave up a home run in Minnesota on his first pitch of the season and was touched for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.
The White Sox were flustered by Plesac. The right-hander broke a couple bats, made Tim Anderson smash his in frustration near the plate and befuddled Chicago's hitters. But once he was pulled after throwing 97 pitches, the White Sox went to work.
Anderson doubled leading off the ninth before Hand walked Yoan Moncada and hit Jose Abreu. Grandal then gave the White Sox all the runs they would need with a liner to right.
Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth off Alex Colome, who finally closed it out to protect the win for Aaron Bummer (1-0).
The White Sox get Thursday off before opening a three-game series at Kansas City on Friday with Dallas Keuchel starting.