They’ll have time to regroup with no game Thursday after playing 16 straight days.
“Yeah, it’ll be good for us,” manager Terry Francona said. “Everybody’s dragging a little bit, and we need to go home and take the day off, use it to our advantage and then come out and get after it.”
House did his part in his second major league start. He gave up just one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings and struck out eight while walking one.
“Everything was working pretty much,” he said. “I was able to throw all my pitches in the zone, expand when I needed to.”
House left with a 1-0 lead after giving up back-to-back singles to Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez, who was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double, but didn’t get enough support to pick up his first win. The Indians managed just five runs in this series.
Cleveland had just scored a run in the top of the ninth off Ronald Belisario (3-3) to tie it at 2-2 when the White Sox answered in the bottom half against Bryan Shaw (1-1).
Third baseman Mike Aviles bounced the throw to first on Tyler Flowers’ leadoff grounder. Pinch-runner Leury Garcia stole second and moved up on a fly by Marcus Semien before Sierra lined a 3-2 pitch to right for the winning single, teammates mobbing him around first base.
“I’ve done that in the minor leagues before,” Sierra said. “But never in the major leagues and I’m very happy and very thankful for that.”
It all happened after a botched throw on a routine play.
“Routine ground ball, play that’s gotta be made, and I didn’t make it,” Aviles said.
Michael Brantley drove a leadoff single off the pitcher’s right hip, and the problems just mounted from there.