CLEVELAND (AP) - Ozzie Guillen is even more upset than White Sox fans with his team's dismal finish.
Philip Humber gave up home runs to Cleveland's first two batters and the Indians, behind five RBIs by Asdrubal Cabrera, rolled to an 11-2 win, Chicago's ninth loss in 12 games.
The White Sox dropped 1 1/2 games behind second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and Guillen is not happy about it.
``Are people disappointed? They should be. I don't think they are more disappointed than I am or we are,' Guillen said. ``We did not play the way we thought we were going to play. Some things just did not click. When we would pitch pretty good, we would not hit. We could not combine things and that is a reason why we are where we are.'
Humber (9-9) displayed the same erratic style. After giving up homers to Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Kipnis before making his seventh pitch, he retired 14 in a row until running into trouble in the fifth inning.
``It was weird,' Humber said. ``I have never had that happen to me, the first two batters of the game going deep, and then all of a sudden I was cruising.'
Meanwhile, Jeanmar Gomez (5-2) never wavered and won his fifth straight start. He gave up one earned run and four hits over six innings. Since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
``He threw very well,' Indians manager Manny Acta said. ``He had good movement on his fastball and gave use six solid innings.'
An error by Cabrera at shortstop helped Chicago tie it at 2 in the fifth.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Juan Pierre singled home Alejandro De Aza. Cabrera took the throw from right fielder Fukudome and threw wildly trying to get Brent Morel at third. Third baseman Jack Hannahan tracked down the ball and fired home, but Morel slid in safely with an unearned run.
The White Sox almost caught a break in the bottom half. Hannahan drew a two-out walk to end Humber's streak and apparently scored on a slicing drive down the left-field line by Ezequiel Carrera that looked like an RBI triple. Guillen argued that a fan reached over a railing and touched the ball. The umpires huddled, agreed, and sent Hannahan back to third, ruling that Carrera got a ground-rule double.
Fukudome's soft line drive to left scored them both anyway.
``I didn't feel like the I threw the ball as bad as the results,' Humber said. ``Every time they needed a hit, they got one. It is frustrating, but it is probably a good lesson for me to learn to deal with adversity.'
Humber gave up seven runs and eight hits over six innings. Fukudome went 2 for 3 against him to improve to 4 for 10 against the right-hander since being acquired by Cleveland from the Chicago Cubs in July.
Earlier this season, Fukudome gave even more pain to Humber. On Aug. 18 in Chicago, he lined a ball off the pitcher's face, just above the right eye. Humber was on the disabled list until Sept. 2.
``Most of the time he has been out there he has given us a chance to win,' Guillen said. ``When you have an ERA less than four (3.86), that is a pretty good year. Plus, he got hit in the head and then came back and pitched. We cannot complain about the job this kid has done.'
Notes: Chicago won the season series 11-7. ... White Sox SS Omar Vizquel and Cleveland DH Jim Thome exchanged the lineup cards - a first for both former Indians teammates who have a combined 44 seasons and 5,388 games in the majors. ``I hope it's not the last time we see these guys on the same field somewhere,' Guillen said. ``The next stop for both is the Hall of Fame, but they can still play.' ... Pierre went 2 for 4, for his 46th multihit game. He's hitting .319 (101 for 317) since June 26. ... The last time the Indians hit two homers to open a game, Grady Sizemore and Casey Blake did it in Kansas City on May 23, 2007. ... The White Sox open a three-game series at home against Kansas City on Friday with RHP Zach Stewart (2-5) facing Royals LHP Bruce Chen (11-8).
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