Jose Abreu hit his major-league leading 11th homer in the fifth, but the White Sox couldn’t overcome a shaky start by John Danks (2-2), who allowed eight runs in five innings.
“There wasn’t a whole lot to take from it,” Danks said. “I felt fine, but I’m giving them batter’s counts way too often and I’m paying for it.”
The Indians placed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a pulled muscle in his side.
Santana’s RBI single, Raburn’s two-run double and Gomes’ two-run single highlighted Cleveland’s first inning. The fast start was enough to hold off the hard-hitting White Sox, who lead the AL in runs scored but have lost three in a row.
Abreu struck out against Salazar in his first two at-bats, but homered to left on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth. The rookie sensation also leads the league with 33 RBIs.
Salazar worked out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the fourth.
“I was competing every pitch,” Salazar said. “It felt good to not let them score.”
The right-hander struck out six and won for the first time since Sept. 25 of last season, also against Chicago.
Kipnis’ absence hurt the Indians immediately as his replacement, Elliot Johnson, committed two errors. Both of the miscues came on dropped throws on potential force plays. The first came in Chicago’s three-run second inning. The second helped the White Sox load the bases in the fourth.
The White Sox scored three times in the second on singles by Alejandro De Aza and Adrian Nieto and a passed ball by Gomes.
Alexei Ramirez, the AL’s leading hitter, was 2 for 4 and is batting .356. Dayan Viciedo, the third-leading hitter in the league, was hitless in three at-bats and is batting .337.