How it happened: Reliever Jesse Crain gave up an earned run for the first time in 31 innings, and it ended up costing the White Sox. The Indians went ahead for good in the eighth inning on Nick Swisher’s RBI single to center field. Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo had RBI hits in the fifth inning to give the White Sox the lead before the Indians’ Jason Kipnis tied it with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Kipnis has reached base 11 times in the first three games of the series.
What it means: Crain still figures to retain plenty of trade value despite the end of his earned-run scoreless streak, which began, oddly enough, after he gave up an earned run to the Indians on April 12. Crain did have his 30-appearance scoreless streak snapped last weekend, but those runs were unearned. Crain’s ERA jumped from 0.50 to 0.74 after the Indians scored Saturday. A total of 34 of his 38 outings this season have been scoreless.
Outside the box: Nate Jones’ resurgence continued with a scoreless inning Saturday. He is now 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts over his past 12 appearances. An ERA that was once up to 7.04 was lowered to 4.39. Jones doesn’t figure to be off limits when it comes to trade talks, but the White Sox are expected to do everything to keep a pitcher who is not only young and affordable, but has the potential to be a closer down the road.
Offbeat: There was no denying the hustle from Viciedo on Saturday, one day after he was pulled from a game. In Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader, Viciedo failed to score from second base on a two-out single to center field, slowing down between third base and home plate. He was replaced immediately and was not in the starting lineup for the second game. On Saturday, he made a diving catch in left field in the first inning and another diving/rolling effort to end the top of the third. He also had three hits.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (5-6, 2.75 ERA) to the mound Sunday in the series finale. He will be opposed by Indians right-hander Justin Masterson (9-6, 3.76 ERA) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.