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Sanchez helps White Sox 'steal one' in 10th

CHICAGO -- Adam LaRoche didn't need many words to sum up the White Sox sixth straight victory, a 2-1 decision over the Indians in 10 innings Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I feel like we stole one there," a smiling LaRoche said. "You gotta love those."

A stolen win, primarily because Cleveland's Corey Kluber was as close to unhittable as a starting pitcher who doesn't throw a no-hitter can be over nine innings. But the White Sox stayed close behind their own ace, Chris Sale, playing crisp defense for the southpaw in order to provide a chance for victory in the 10th.

Rookie Carlos Sanchez delivered the decisive shot, lining an 0-2, 96-mph, two-out fastball from Zach McAllister the opposite way to left to score pinch-runner J.B. Shuck. The White Sox put together their first six-game win streak since Aug. 16-22, 2013 and moved over .500 at 18-17 for the first time since they were 31-30 on June 4, 2014.

Sanchez replaced Micah Johnson as the team's starting second baseman at the start of this past weekend's Oakland series following his promotion from Triple-A Charlotte, bringing with him a steadying defensive influence. The switch-hitter also knows how to handle the bat.

"He's a very heady player. He just has a real knack for the game," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Sanchez. "He has savvy and all that stuff you like in a player. Being a switch-hitter, you feel comfortable he's going to get something on the ball right there."

"It was a very exciting moment for me," Sanchez said. "But the most important thing is that we won the game."

That single represented Sanchez's first career walk-off hit and raised the White Sox home record to 11-5 and their record in one-run games to 8-3. They also unofficially have at least one win where it was as much of a hard-fought escape as a victory.

"We just played well as a team," said Sale, who matched Kluber for eight innings of one-run, seven-strikeout pitching. "Sanchez coming up huge there at the end, it's awesome."

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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