The Cleveland Indians took Game 1 of a three-game set in Chicago Friday night by a score of 6-0.
The big story for Cleveland was starting pitcher Carl Pavano (6-4), who threw a complete game shutout, his first since 2005, giving up only three hits.
He struck out six White Sox, while allowing only two base-on-balls, lowering his ERA for the season to 4.62, as he is 6-1 in his previous eight starts.
However, there had to be a losing team.
Chicago's John Danks (4-4) went five and two-thirds, giving up six hits and five earned in the loss. Chicago's bullpen combined for three and a third, allowing one run.
A.J. Pierzynski was Chicago's lone bright spot, going 2-for-3 off of Pavano. The other hit came off the bat of lead-off hitter Scott Podsednik, going 1-for-4 on the night.
Mark DeRosa started the scoring for Cleveland in the third inning, driving a deep three-run shot into the left field stands at U.S. Cellular Field, making it 3-0.
Then, Travis Hafner made his return, in style, driving a liner into the right field seats making it 4-0. Ryan Garko followed with a solo shot of his own, adding to the Cleveland lead, now 5-0.
The last of Cleveland's scoring came in the top of the ninth when Josh Barfield grounded a single to left field, scoring Trevor Crowe.
Pavano's solid outing now has Cleveland some much-needed confidence heading into Game 2 of this series on Saturday afternoon, where Jeremy Sowers will throw for Cleveland against Gavin Floyd of Chicago.
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