CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez came up to the plate, ready to swing.
Ramirez hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw from John Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday.
“Everybody knows me as an aggressive hitter,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I’m going to go looking for a good pitch to hit, and when I get it, I’m going to swing at it. And that’s what happened, I got a good pitch.”
“(Axford is) definitely a really good pitcher, and he just left me a pitch up there and I was able to put a good swing on it,” he said.
Ramirez has a hit in all 13 games for the White Sox this season.
The Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth, getting the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by closer Matt Lindstrom.
Axford (0-1) came in seeking his fifth save in as many chances. He issued a leadoff walk to Jordan Danks, who stole second.
One out later, Ramirez homered over the left field fence.
The White Sox won a series against Cleveland for the first time since October 2012. Chicago took three of four in this set.