Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Masterson picked up his first win of the season with 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and Cleveland got past Chicago, 2-0, in the middle test of a three-game set.
Masterson (1-1) allowed four hits and one walk while fanning six for the Indians, who received their lone RBI on a Nick Swisher sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Scott Carroll (1-1) was the hard-luck loser, letting up two unearned runs on five hits in six full frames for the White Sox, who have dropped the first two games in the series by a combined 14-5 count.
Cleveland picked up a run in the second, giving Masterson all he needed to get by. Lonnie Chisenhall started with a double, moved up on an Asdrubal Cabrera fly out and scored when Sox third baseman Marcus Semien dropped a David Murphy pop up near the mound.
The Indians extended their lead to 2-0 in the fifth, as Jose Ramirez reached on a leadoff bunt single, moved to second on Tyler Flowers' throwing error on the play, was sacrificed to third by Mike Aviles and scored on Swisher's fly to center.
Masterson worked out of a jam in the top of the frame. A Chisenhall error, walk to Jordan Danks and hit-by-pitch to Flowers loaded the bases with one away, but Semien grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Chicago went quietly in the sixth, then Adam Dunn's leadoff double in the seventh went for naught. Cody Allen came on in the eighth with Flowers aboard, then gave up a two-out double to Gordon Beckham before finishing the inning by fanning Jose Abreu swinging.
John Axford retired the side in order in the ninth to post his ninth save.