How it happened: Jose Abreu’s impressive rookie season kept humming along with three hits, including an RBI single in the third inning to give the White Sox their first run and a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning. Adam Dunn had an RBI double in the third inning. Hector Noesi pitched seven solid innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Zach Putnam faced one batter, the Indians' Chris Dickerson, and recorded his fourth save.
What it means: Once claimed off waivers, and possessing a 14.21 ERA when he arrived in Chicago, Noesi won for the sixth time in his past 10 starts. With the White Sox this season he is 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 appearances (22 starts), leaving him with an overall ERA of 4.75. The right-hander has put himself in the mix for at least the No. 5 spot in the rotation next season, and he has another month this season to solidify his case. The White Sox would be more than satisfied if he turned into an inexpensive innings eater.
Outside the box: His power numbers might be down, but Abreu continues to hit as the season closes in on its fifth full month. Abreu has only two home runs since July 29, but he was batting .345 with a .901 OPS over that time (through Tuesday’s game). More recently, he has hit safely in 11 of his past 12 games, going 19-for-45 (.422) with 10 RBIs.
Offbeat: There are plenty of ways to end up with a foul ball, but few are more memorable than the one a fan pulled off in the fourth inning. The White Sox’s Carlos Sanchez hit a foul ball down the left-field line, and the fan sitting a few sections before the foul pole first batted the ball into the air with his bare hand. With the ball headed back toward the field of play, he then caught it inside his cup of beer to have a souvenir and a story that he can keep for a lifetime.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (9-8, 4.96 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the three-game series. The Indians will counter with right-hander Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.