CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians were willing to try almost anything to end their losing streak.
Cleveland pitchers Corey Kluber and Cody Allen dressed up like chickens during batting practice Friday while standing in the outfield in an attempt to help the team pull out of its six-game losing streak.
The strategy apparently worked.
Michael Brantley homered and drove in three runs, Carlos Santana also homered and the Indians finally broke loose for a 12-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Manager Terry Francona wasn’t sure who came up with the idea.
“I don’t really care,” he said. “If we’re going to win again, they can all show up and wear chicken outfits.”
“I thought it was awesome,” first baseman Nick Swisher said. “We’ve had a lot of stress in here. A nice little laugh here and there definitely loosens the hinges a little bit.”
The scene brought back memories of last season when Allen’s teammates presented him with a live chicken from a local farm during batting practice.
Cleveland’s struggling offense, which scored 13 runs on a 0-6 road trip, had a five-run first inning and added four in the sixth.
“It was a good night offensively for us and we needed it,” Francona said.
Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the fifth and added a two-run single in the sixth. Santana hit a solo homer in the second and had an RBI single in the first, while Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes each drove in two runs.
Although Santana is still batting only .165, he’s raised his average 43 points and homered three times in his past four games.
“He’s such a good hitter and when he gets hot, it’s not just singles,” Francona said.
Danny Salazar (1-3) was charged with five runs, three earned, in five innings and earned his first win of the season.