Tim Anderson hit his first homer of the year on the first pitch of Thursday’s game to start the White Sox off right at Progressive Field.
While the White Sox head to Minneapolis for a three-game series this weekend, left fielder Melky Cabrera will take a three-day detour to Chicago to witness the birth of his fourth child.
Before he took his first MLB paternity leave, Cabrera stood in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field and said he wanted to win one for his new daughter.
It was almost that easy.
Tim Anderson hit Josh Tomlin's first pitch over the fence in left field Thursday for his first home run of the season and the Sox had a six-run lead by the end of the second inning en route to a 10-4 victory over the Indians.
Every Sox starter recorded a hit to secure the first series victory of the season. Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored before departing on his journey.
"I am a little nervous right now because this is going to be the first time I'm going to be there watching the whole process," Cabrera said before the game through a team interpreter.
"I will be happier if we win today because I want to dedicate this game to my new daughter."
Cabrera is expected to return for the Yankees series in New York on Monday. The Sox already were missing two starters Thursday after catcher Geovany Soto went on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation and Todd Frazier was sidelined for a second straight game with the flu.
But they are expected to call up hot-hitting Triple-A Charlotte outfielder Willy Garcia to fill Cabrera's roster spot for the weekend.
Cabrera leaves hitting .258 and manager Rick Renteria said while the team will miss him, they're happy he can be with his family.
"Melky, for me, is one of the premier hitters and a pretty good defender also," Renteria said. "It's his high-end coordination, his pitch recognition, his zone coverage, any number of things. He's very confident in his ability to hit in any count, any situation."
The Sox offense had scored two or fewer runs in four of their previous five games, but they broke out early Thursday.
Anderson's second career leadoff homer was the first of six hits in the first inning.
Matt Davidson hit an opposite-field, three-run homer and Omar Narvaez added an RBI single. Avisail Garcia, who was 3-for-4, knocked a two-run single to center field with two out in the second to drive out Tomlin with the Sox leading 7-1.
"It's big," Garcia said. "They're a strong team with strong pitching and hitting. It's good when you win a game like that."
Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez gave up three earned runs over 42/3 innings.
Michael Brantley homered in the fifth off him and Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI double to right field to cut the Sox lead to 7-3. Renteria pulled Gonzalez after he gave up his fourth hit of the inning, eighth overall. Gonzalez also issued four walks.
The Sox tacked on three runs in the eighth off Indians relievers Zach McAllister and Dan Otero.
"The offense came out swinging," Gonzalez said. "It was fun to watch them play. I wasn't out there for a long time, but sometimes that's part of the game when you're falling behind hitters."