Chicago at Cleveland

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Chi. White Sox «10000100 271
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White Sox 2, Indians 1 (8 innings, rain)

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CLEVELAND -- Brandon McCarthy was back in the role he enjoys most, and it showed.

McCarthy struck out eight in his first start in more than four months to help the Chicago White Sox to a rain-shortened 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

McCarthy (4-7) allowed one run, two hits and walked one over 5 1/3 innings. He had gone 0-4 -- all in relief -- since his last win June 6, when he pitched two shutout innings in a 4-3 victory over playoff-bound Detroit.

"I'm not sure if it shows, but I feel more comfortable (starting)," McCarthy said. "I have a better idea what I'm doing in terms of getting ready and preparing for when I get out there.

"I don't know if this was a tryout. I didn't look at it that way. It just felt good to have one last start before the season ended."

The White Sox had the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning when play was stopped. The umpires waited 1 hour and 58 minutes before calling the game.

"I was appreciative of them waiting," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "It's a one-run game and we had two at-bats left."

Charlie Haeger worked 1 2/3 innings for his first save in six career appearances.

In his first start since lasting four innings in a loss at Tampa Bay on May 16, McCarthy dominated an Indians lineup that entered the game as the third-highest scoring team in baseball. He tied his career-high strikeout total, set Sept. 11, 2005, in a relief appearance of 5 2/3 innings.

"I felt like it was the best I've done all year of mixing my pitches and having command," McCarthy said.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he isn't sure what McCarthy's role may be next year.

"It's something we'll talk about," he said. "We haven't decided. If we need a guy (for the rotation), it should be him."

The White Sox salvaged the final game in Cleveland after being routed by a combined 20-1 score over two games. The fourth win in 13 games for the defending World Series champions broke the Indians' four-game winning streak.

Ross Gload hit his third homer with two outs in the first against Fausto Carmona (1-10) to put Chicago ahead 1-0. Alex Cintron's bases-loaded sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the sixth.

Meanwhile, McCarthy used a good fastball and a sharp, overhand curve to stymie the Indians, striking out the side on 11 pitches in the fifth.

Right fielder Rob Mackowiak helped keep the Indians hitless in the third by making a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff. One out later, Grady Sizemore lined a single to left-center, but was erased trying to steal second.

Andy Marte ruined McCarthy's shutout bid with one out in the sixth by hitting his fourth homer, a 406-foot shot into the left-field seats.

"I hit a mistake," Marte said. "He didn't make many mistakes. He was throwing very good, but it was a high pitch. When you get one of those you try not to miss it."

Carmona took his 10th consecutive loss since winning his major league debut 7-2 against Detroit on April 15. He allowed two runs and six hits over six innings, walking two and striking out six in his fourth start since returning from Triple-A Buffalo on Sept. 5.

"He threw the ball well tonight," Wedge said. "His tempo has been better, his pitch-to-pitch focus has been better."

The rookie right-hander went 0-6 with three blown saves as a reliever, losing four times in a six-day span from July 30 to Aug. 5 as the team's closer.

Notes

Chicago's 10 strikeouts gave them 1,032, two more than the previous team mark set in 2004. LHP Rafael Perez fanned ex-Indian Jim Thome to break the record in the eighth. ... White Sox OF Jerry Owens singled in the third inning for his first career hit and moments later snagged his first stolen base. ... Indians C Victor Martinez went 0-for-3, snapping his 13-game hitting streak. ... The Indians' two hits tied a season low set May 29 in an 11-0 loss to the White Sox.

 
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Chicago

R. Gload
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cleveland

A. Marte
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4010010 .260
Jerry Owens, CF4120021 .286
Ross Gload, 1B4121001 .320
Jim Thome, DH3010122 .290
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B2000211 .278
Alex Cintron, SS3011010 .285
Josh Fields, 3B3000113 .083
Rob Mackowiak, RF3000011 .283
Chris Stewart, C3000011 .000
Totals2927241010 
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (26, Carmona), Alex Cintron (9, Carmona)
HR - Ross Gload (3, Carmona)
SF - Alex Cintron (3)
RBI - Ross Gload (17), Alex Cintron (40)
2-OUT RBI - Ross Gload (5)
SB - Jerry Owens (1, 2nd base off Carmona/Martinez), Ross Gload (6, 2nd base off Cabrera/Martinez)
CS - Scott Podsednik (19, 2nd base by Carmona/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Ross Gload (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Brandon McCarthy (W,4-7) 5.1211181 4.68
Charlie Haeger (S,1) 1.2000020 3.52
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 82-54, Charlie Haeger 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 2-6, Charlie Haeger 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 19, Charlie Haeger 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF2010100 .291
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3000032 .278
Victor Martinez, C3000001 .317
Ryan Garko, 1B3000010 .294
Shin-Soo Choo, LF3000020 .274
Jhonny Peralta, SS2000011 .250
Joe Inglett, 2B2000021 .283
Kevin Kouzmanoff, DH2000000 .231
Andy Marte, 3B2111010 .224
Totals221211105 
Batting
HR - Andy Marte (4, McCarthy)
RBI - Andy Marte (20)
SB - Shin-Soo Choo (5, 2nd base off McCarthy/Stewart)
CS - Grady Sizemore 2 (6, 2nd base by McCarthy/Stewart, 2nd base by Haeger/Stewart)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
E - Shin-Soo Choo (3, Dropped fly)
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (L,1-10) 6622261 5.42
Rafael Perez 1.1100030 4.38
Fernando Cabrera 0.1000210 5.31
IBB - Thome by Fausto Carmona
WP - Fernando Cabrera (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 95-57, Rafael Perez 23-17, Fernando Cabrera 14-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 7-4, Rafael Perez 1-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 25, Rafael Perez 6, Fernando Cabrera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16404
Game Time - 2:08
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Tim Welke