Manager Terry Francona said it would have been three runs. Nick Swisher said it would have been two. It turned out to be none, which is a big reason why the Indians beat the White Sox, 2-0, Saturday night at Progressive Field Justin Masterson, who combined on a five-hitter with Cody Allen and John Axford, had another description for the play Swisher made in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, one out and the Tribe leading 1-0. "Incredible," said Masterson, who won his first game of the year after seven starts. "Swish came off the field screaming, 'I'm back.' It locked him in because he made a couple of other nice plays as well." Masterson (1-1, 4.01) was facing Marcus Semien with the bases loaded. Semien sent a liner toward first. Swisher, who has had his problems defensively, made a diving catch and slapped the bag for the inning-ending double play. "We just needed that play at that time," said Swisher. "Masty was doing such a great job. It's nice to make that play at that time. "Absolutely a play like that can get us on a roll. That ball goes through and two runs score. Then we're down, 2-1." The Indians have won two straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season. "Swish made the play of the night," said Francona. "If it's not caught, probably all three runs score on that play." Masterson, 9-5 in his career against the White Sox, allowed four hits, one walk and six strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Cleveland Indians blank White Sox, 2-0
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 4