CHICAGO (AP) — Danny Salazar pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians pounded the White Sox 7-1 Friday, spoiling Chicago's bone-chilling home opener.
It was 39 degrees at first pitch and snow and rain fell during the day, but the Indians were in their element. Cleveland jumped to a 5-0 lead against John Danks en route to an easy victory after splitting two games at home with Boston in a season-opening series that included two postponements.
Jason Kipnis singled off Danks (0-1) and scored during a three-run first and capped a two-run second with a sacrifice fly.
Francisco Lindor added two hits and two runs. Mike Napoli scored twice, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes each drove in two.
Salazar (1-0), a 14-game winner last season, gave up a solo homer to Todd Frazier but not much else. He struck out seven and walked three over 5 1/3 innings.