- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - One swing by Dayan Viciedo provided a dramatic turnaround for the Chicago White Sox.

Viciedo hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off John Axford, lifting the White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 and stopping a four-game losing streak.

After the ball cleared the right-field fence, Viciedo pointed to Chicago’s dugout, which erupted in celebration.

“That was for the team. That was very exciting,” he said.

Other than Jose Abreu’s major league-leading 12th homer, a solo drive in the first inning, the AL’s highest-scoring team couldn’t manufacture any runs.

Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings, including a team-record seven straight. He allowed three hits and two walks, leaving with a 3-1 lead after 110 pitches.

“It’s good for the guys to just stay with it,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “Even though it looks bleak, you can still make a little bit of a comeback.”

Axford (0-2) walked Gordon Beckham leading off the ninth, but struck out Abreu. Adam Dunn walked, and Viciedo homered on a 2-2 pitch.

“I was looking for a pitch I could make good contact with,” Viciedo said. “He made a mistake, and I made him pay for it.”

Axford gave up the homer on a 96 mph four-seamer.

“I fell behind in the count to too many guys, and it didn’t work out,” he said. “I put two guys on base without me even challenging. I just couldn’t find it. The home run was on a fastball. Not a very good pitch, obviously.”

Indians manager Terry Francona, citing pitch count and the narrow lead, didn’t second guess himself for pulling Kluber.

“If anyone got on base, he was going to come out of the game, and I didn’t think that was fair to him,” Francona said.

Kluber had no problem with Francona’s strategy.

“That’s not my decision. I trust Tito’s judgment,” he said.

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