CLEVELAND — Rookie left-hander Hector Santiago (4-1) allowed one hit and struck out 10 in seven innings, and the White Sox rediscovered the long-lost art of hitting with runners in scoring position in a 11-0 victory against the Indians on Monday night.
Needing to sweep the Indians in their season-ending three-game series and needing the Tigers to lose three in Kansas City to forge a tie after 162 games, the Sox offense showed up too late. The Tigers defeated the Royals 6-3 to clinch the title.
The only hit against Santiago (4-1) was a single by Shin-Soo Choo in the third.
Sunk by a lineup that had scored three runs or less in 10 of the last 13 games and had hit .181 with runners in scoring position over its last 24 games, the Sox erupted with four two-out RBI singles in the sixth inning. Alexei Ramirez added one more in the eighth, and Dayan Viciedo hit his first career grand slam in a six-run ninth.
Adam Dunn, Alex Rios (a line shot off the left-field wall), A.J. Pierzynski and Viciedo came through with two outs in the sixth, Dunn by breaking an 0-for-18 slump and Pierzynski tying his career high with his 77th RBI. In the eighth, Ramirez scored Pierzynski (2-for-4, RBI, run) from second.
Jesse Crain pitched a scoreless eighth for the Sox. Leyson Septimo pitched the ninth.