CHICAGO — Melky Cabrera threw his arms into the air as he rounded first base, and then he was mobbed by the rest of his jubilant teammates.
One big finish rescued what had been a lousy night for the Chicago White Sox.
Cabrera capped Chicago’s four-run ninth inning with an RBI single off Cody Allen, sending the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
“I went to the home plate trying to put the ball in play, and thank God I can do it,” Cabrera said through a translator.
Six consecutive batters reached safely before Cabrera drove a fastball into left-center for his first game-ending hit since he signed a $42 million, three-year contract with Chicago over the winter. Alexei Ramirez doubled home two runs, and Gordon Beckham had a tying RBI single.
Allen (0-2) recorded just one out in his first blown save in four chances.
“Left some balls up. Got a little predictable,” Allen said. “Some good hitters, man; hitting’s contagious. Couple hits. They were kind of racing to the bat rack there at the end.”
David Robertson (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first win with the White Sox. Chicago had just four hits before the ninth-inning rally.
“I’m glad there’s no clock,” Manager Robin Ventura said. “They couldn’t stall. You eventually have to get it, and guys had some good at-bats there in the ninth.”
Trevor Bauer pitched seven sparkling innings for Cleveland.