Pat Tabler, who started the week in the minors, came to bat twice with the bases loaded yesterday in Cleveland; he tripled and singled to drive in five runs that enabled the Indians to beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-3.
"Sure I wanted to beat them," Tabler said. "Everybody who gets traded wants to show his old team that they made a mistake."
The White Sox traded Tabler to the Indians the last week of spring training. Cleveland recalled him from Charleston Monday to replace third baseman Toby Harrah, who broke his left hand. Tabler, 25, is hitting .444.
Len Barker (3-1) of the Indians had a four-hitter for 7 1/3 innings, then Ed Glynn gave up two hits in finishing. Barker struck out eight.
Cleveland took a 3-0 lead against Dennis Lamp (2-2) in the fourth. With one out, Mike Hargrove singled and moved to second when third baseman Lorenzo Gray booted Andre Thornton's grounder. George Vukovich was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Tabler then singled home two runs. Rick Manning was intentionally walked to reload the bases, then Ron Hassey singled in another run.
Gray bobbled Alan Bannister's grounder leading off the fifth and it cost three runs. Bannister reached second on the error and Manny Trillo walked. One out later, Vukovich grounded to shortstop Scott Fletcher, who tripped over second base after fielding the ball. But umpire Rick Reed called Trillo safe, loading the bases for Tabler's triple.
The White Sox scored in the seventh on Harold Baines' double and Greg Luzinski's single. They got two in the eighth against Barker, one scoring on a wild pitch and another on Baines' single.
Barker struck out rookie Ron Kittle three times.