CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale got roughed up for eight runs, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the White Sox 9-4 on Saturday. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Sox, all on a 10-game road trip that began with a three-game sweep in Washington.
Sale was unable to finish the fifth inning, leaving with Cleveland leading 7-2. Deunte Heath relieved him and allowed a homer to Yan Gomes with his first pitch, making it 9-2.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer, his second of the year, to cut the Sox lead to 9-4 in the seventh.
Sale allowed a two-run homer to Nick Swisher in the first inning and a grand slam to Mark Reynolds in the fifth. After Reynolds' slam, Sale hit Michael Brantley on the back leg. Both dugouts were issued warnings by plate umpire by Ed Hickox.
"You watch the video of it and he seemed to be in the middle of the plate a lot,'' Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Not much difference with his changeup and some of the fastballs he's running in there. You get it over the middle of the plate, and they have some guys who can swing the bat. They didn't miss.''
"Guys were kind of sitting speed more than breaking ball-fastball.''
The last time the Sox lost their first five games on the road was 1972. That team went on to finish 87-67, good for second place in the American League West.
Jake Peavy pitches for the Sox (4-7) against Brett Myers on Sunday.
"We have to figure it out,'' Ventura said. "We have to do better. We kind of had a stretch like this at the end of last year so we might as well do it early in the year and get out of it. You just keep plugging away.''