CLEVELAND -- Just as their manager suggested it would, the White Sox showed signs of life Wednesday after the nonwaiver trade deadline passed.
The Cleveland Indians just had more.
Carlos Santana led off the 10th inning with a game-winning solo home run as the White Sox dropped a 6-5 decision at Progressive Field. The homer came an inning after Cleveland scored twice off White Sox closer Addison Reed to extend the contest.
The Indians have won 10 of 12 meetings against the White Sox, who dropped to 25 games below.500 for the first time since Sept. 11, 1989.
“With a team like this that has been swinging it the way they have, they have that edge you like to see and Reeder just didn’t get it done today,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Pinch-hitter Jeff Keppinger’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning appeared to put the White Sox -- who played their first game since Jake Peavy was traded to Boston --- in the driver’s seat.
But Cleveland rallied to score a pair of runs off Reed, who blew his fifth save chance in 31 tries. Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis both had sacrifice flies off Reed, who struck out Asdrubal Cabrera with two on to send it to the 10th. Ventura thought rustiness might have played a role in Reed’s inning; it was only the pitcher’s fifth appearance since July 13.
“I feel great,” Reed said. “Things aren’t working out the way I want them to. There’s no answer. When things are going bad, they’re going bad. Something new every night. Tonight, it was 100 percent my fault. Just got to hang with them and get after them tomorrow. … I don’t think any of us have an answer for it or else we would have changed and figured it out. But it’s part of the game. I wish I knew how to fix it or what to do about it.”
Santana then crushed a 3-1 pitch from Dylan Axelrod (3-7) out to right to end the game.
A week ago Ventura suggested his team would get a boost when the trade rumors – he called them the elephant in the clubhouse -- were long gone, the White Sox rallied from a 3-0 deficit.
They got three straight run-scoring hits in the sixth inning off Cleveland starter Corey Kluber to tie the game. Alexei Ramirez doubled in one run and Alex Rios and Adam Dunn each singled in another to make it a 3-3 game.
“You get two outs and you still put something together,” Ventura said. “Big at-bat by Kepp to knock in a couple. That stuff is good to see.”
Jose Quintana started for the White Sox and earned a no-decision. He allowed three earned runs and seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings.