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Donald's hit in 12th lifts Indians over White Sox

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Jason Donald got the game-winning hit.

He was more excited about Travis Hafner's home run that sent
Cleveland into extra innings.

Donald singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th
inning, lifting the Indians over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on
Tuesday night. Hafner tied it with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in
the ninth.

"I'm happy to win it, but how about Hafner?," Donald said after
Cleveland's sixth walkoff win. "You almost wouldn't expect
anything else. Whether it was his last homer here or not, it was
so cool."

Hafner is scheduled to play in Wednesday's season finale, which
could be his last game for Cleveland.

The Indians almost assuredly will not pick up his $13 million
option and give him a $2.7 buyout. Before the game, Hafner, 35,
who has battled numerous injuries for five years, said, "I want
to play next year. I'll have to see who is interested."

Chicago starter Jake Peavy took a one-hitter and 3-1 lead into
the ninth. Pinch hitter Michael Brantley led off with a single
and Hafner followed with a drive off the right-field foul pole.

"That was huge," interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said. "We were
waiting for the right opportunity to put Hafner in. Peavy's
pitch count was up and first base wasn't open."

Lonnie Chisenhall doubled with one out in the Cleveland 12th
against Matt Thornton (4-10), who then intentionally walked Russ

Right-hander Nate Jones came on to face announced pinch hitter
Matt LaPorta, who was replaced by lefty swinging Jack Hannahan.
Jones struck him out before Donald hit a liner into the
left-field corner.

"The guys are battling and I'm proud of them," Alomar said.
"Jason can play everywhere, so he's getting some at-bats. He
came through."

Chris Seddon (1-1) pitched a scoreless 12th for Cleveland's
seventh win in 17 meetings with Chicago. It was the
left-hander's first victory since July 24, 2010, with Seattle.

Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer off Cleveland closer Chris
Perez in the ninth for a 3-1 lead.

Until Hafner delivered, Peavy had allowed only Shin-Soo Choo's
16th homer leading off the fourth. Peavy walked one and struck
out eight in what could be his final game for the White Sox.

"He was pitching great," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.

"It wasn't meant to be," said Peavy, who finished 11-12 with a
3.27 ERA. "It's fitting, the way my year seems to have gone.
When I need to catch a break, I can't catch one. A cue ball off
the end (of the bat) and the ball hits the foul pole."

Peavy's $22 million option for 2013 almost certainly won't be
picked up, but he's hopeful of being in Chicago.

"We'll see how the next few months play out," Peavy said. "This
has been a rewarding year as much as it can be. We've had
something special here."

Chicago claimed the AL Central lead in July, but went 3-11 the
final two weeks to finish second.

Orlando Hudson singled for his third hit before Viciedo drove a
426-foot shot to center for his 24th homer - and fifth against
Cleveland. He is hitting .346 with 18 RBIs against the Indians.

Perez later allowed a one-out single to Jordan Danks and hit
Tyler Flowers in the left hand with a pitch. Flowers glared out
at Perez and both benches were warned. After Perez retired the
side, he and Flowers had an animated talk at the side of the
mound. It ended with the pitcher patting Flowers on the back.

"There was no intent to hit him," Alomar said. "It may have
looked that way after the homer and I can see why they reacted,
but I've never seen C.P. hit anyone on purpose."

Chicago's Dewayne Wise doubled and scored on a single by Hudson
in the sixth off Indians starter Justin Masterson.

Masterson struck out five over six innings in his final start,
failing to break his three-game losing streak. He allowed one
run, one walk and four hits and finished with an 11-15 record
and career-high 206 1-3 innings pitched.

Alomar Jr. said before the game that Masterson has the stuff to
be a big winner, but remains too inconsistent. He wants
Masterson to get downward sink on his pitches rather than
side-to-side movement.

"That's what he did tonight, 10 groundball outs and only three
fly balls," Alomar said.

Notes: Fans chanted "San-dy, San-dy," when Alomar argued a close
call at first base. Before the game, Perez said while he
respects Manny Acta, he had a problem with the fired manager not
confronting umpires. ... Chicago 1B Adam Dunn struck out twice
and has fanned 222 times, one shy of the major league record set
by Mark Reynolds with Arizona in 2009. ... Chicago 1B Paul
Konerko will have surgery on his left wrist Thursday. Manager
Robin Ventura said Konerko might play in the season finale on
Wednesday. ... The normally quiet Brantley got quizzical looks
from teammates before the game as he jogged around the Indians
clubhouse carrying a football and wearing a Browns helmet
autographed by WR Josh Cribbs and a signed RB Trent Richardson
jersey. Nobody seemed to know why.

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