CLEVELAND – Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez doesn't miss many games, so it was a take-notice moment when manager Robin Ventura pulled him from Saturday's game against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning because of injury.
Just three days before his first All-Star Game, Ramirez left with back stiffness and is listed by the Sox as day-to-day.
Ramirez was removed from the game after a leadoff walk in the fourth. First baseman Jose Abreu then brought the attention back to the field, hitting homer No. 29 to spark a 6-2 Sox victory over the Indians. The Sox broke a three-game losing streak with the triumph.
Abreu hit homer No. 29 off Indians right-hander Zach McAllister to right field for a 2-0 Sox lead.
Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn made the lead 3-0 when he hit a single off the right-field wall to drive in Alejandro De Aza, who had singled.
Sox right-hander Scott Carroll cruised through five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, walking one and hitting one batter. But he also was afflicted with back stiffness and left the game after five innings. Reliever Zach Putnam entered in his place and pitched a perfect sixth.
The Indians loaded the bases with three singles against Putnam in the seventh. Sox reliever Javy Guerra walked in a run before he struck out Asdrubal Cabrera to keep the Sox lead at 3-1 heading into the eighth.
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley hit a solo home run in the eighth inning off Sox reliever Eric Surkamp to cut the Sox lead to 3-2.
Gordon Beckham hit a two-run double down the left-field line in the ninth inning off Indians reliever Austin Adams, and he scored on Leury Garcia's sacrifice fly for a 6-2 Sox cushion.
Sox center fielder Adam Eaton also missed Saturday's game with minor injuries to his ankle and wrist and could also miss Sunday's game, Ventura said.
De Aza led off and Garcia played in center field in Eaton's place. Garcia moved to shortstsop when Ramirez left.
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