Chicago at Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- With Edwin Jackson pitching well and breaks going their way, manager Ozzie Guillen believes the Chicago White Sox are poised for a pennant race.

Jackson beat Cleveland for the ninth straight time after Indians rookie Ezequiel Carrera dropped an easy fly ball in center field to give the White Sox two runs in a 4-2 victory Sunday.

"The ball is bouncing our way now," Guillen said. "Everytime somebody makes a mistake, we take advantage of it."

Jackson (7-7) allowed one run and four hits over six innings to go to 9-1 in his career against Cleveland. He is 9-0 with a 2.61 ERA against the Indians since losing to them on Aug. 17, 2007, when he was with Tampa Bay.

"I don't know the reason," Jackson said. "This was just one of those days. It was fantastic to get runs that way. A couple mistakes by their defense helped us."

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Adam Dunn lofted a pitch from Justin Masterson (8-7) to straightaway center with two outs in the sixth and runners on first and second. Carrera, in center for Cleveland with former Gold Glove winner Grady Sizemore on the disabled list, got under the towering fly. He looked up, stumbled to his right, then ducked as the ball glanced off his glove and fell to the ground.

"I stumbled a little bit when I reached the warning track," Carrera said through an interpreter. "I was right underneath it, but when I stumbled, my head moved a little bit and I lost sight of it. I thought I was in the right spot. I just missed it. "

It put Chicago ahead 3-1, scoring Omar Vizquel, who had singled, and Paul Konerko, who was intentionally walked to face Dunn, hitting .161.

"I hit it good, well at least OK," Dunn said. "I haven't hit one in so long, I've forgotten what it feels like. When I saw him camped under it, I figured that was that. We got a break."

Vizquel was sympathetic to his fellow Venezuelan, saying the play was tougher than it looked.

"Actually, I wasn't shocked," said the 11-time Gold Glove winning infielder. "It was a tough play where he had to turn and go back. He took his eyes off the ball when he was in position. I think the sun had a little to do with it."

Guillen said he immediately flashed back to the 2005 AL Central race, when the White Sox held off Cleveland and went on to win the World Series. Sizemore dropped a fly ball in the sun in a game in Kansas City to help Chicago's cause in the final week.

Sergio Santos got the final two outs for his 20th save in 23 chances.

Jesse Crain, Chris Sale and Santos pitched three hitless innings of relief. Crain worked the seventh, Sale struck out the side on 12 pitches in the eighth and got the first out in the ninth. Santos issued a walk before closing it out.

Chicago, 38-29 since May 7, moved within two games of .500 and will host AL Central leading Detroit in a three-game series starting Monday. Cleveland has lost four straight and nine of 13. The Indians now lead the third-place White Sox by only 2 1/2 games.

"It's crazy sometimes," Guillen said of Chicago's 6-1 record against the Indians. "If not for us, Minnesota (7-1 against the White Sox) is out of the race. Some teams beat others. Who knows why?"

The Indians got one run back in their sixth. Asdrubal Cabrera walked and took off for second before Travis Hafner lined a ball to right-center. Cabrera never stopped, scoring all the way from first on the hard-hit single to make it 3-2.

Two more Cleveland errors restored Chicago's two-run lead in the seventh. Alex Rios reached when Cabrera backed up on his soft liner, which bounced on the infield dirt and then off the shortstop's glove. Rios stole second and continued to third when catcher Carlos Santana threw wildly. Mark Teahen broke an 0 for 12 skid with an RBI single to make it 4-2.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the first on a groundout by Konerko, but Cleveland tied it in the fifth on Carrera's two-out line single to right.

Masterson allowed one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander walked only one and struck out six. He is 1-2 with a 1.23 ERA against the White Sox this season.


Fans gave Carrera a loud cheer when he caught a simple fly ball hit by Pierre in the eighth. ... The Indians have scored two runs or fewer in 10 of Masterson's 21 starts. He is 1-5 in those starts. ... Masterson has allowed six earned runs in his last 44 1-3 innings, a 1.22 ERA. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said that RHP Philip Humber will work out of the bullpen until an extra starter is needed. Guillen wants to keeps LHPs Mark Buehrle and John Danks and RHP Jake Peavy sharp and will start those three in order against Detroit. ... Santos has not allowed an unearned run in 21 road relief outings this year. ... Pierre has hit .367 (33 for 90) in his last 22 games.

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Players of the Game

J. Pierre
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

T. Hafner
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF3120000 .276
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000022 .270
Paul Konerko, 1B3101120 .307
Adam Dunn, DH4000010 .160
Carlos Quentin, RF4010021 .266
    Brent Lillibridge, PR-RF0000000 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010000 .285
Alex Rios, CF4100012 .207
Mark Teahen, 3B4011002 .209
    Brent Morel, 3B0000000 .242
Omar Vizquel, 2B3110000 .270
2B - Juan Pierre (9, Masterson)
SH - Juan Pierre (12), Alexei Ramirez (4)
RBI - Paul Konerko (70), Mark Teahen (11)
SB - Alex Rios (8, 3rd base off Masterson/Santana)
CS - Mark Teahen (1, 2nd base by Masterson/Santana)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Vizquel-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Edwin Jackson (W,7-7) 6522330 3.92
Jesse Crain (H,14) 1000010 2.25
Chris Sale (H,6) 1.1000030 3.32
Sergio Santos (S,20) 0.2000100 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 106-60, Jesse Crain 9-7, Chris Sale 15-12, Sergio Santos 14-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 11-2, Jesse Crain 1-1, Chris Sale 1-0, Sergio Santos 1-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 24, Jesse Crain 3, Chris Sale 4, Sergio Santos 3
Cleveland Indians
Ezequiel Carrera, CF2011110 .281
Michael Brantley, LF4000012 .278
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3110111 .289
Travis Hafner, DH4011001 .313
Carlos Santana, C3000101 .222
Orlando Cabrera, 2B4000021 .240
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B4010011 .259
Matt LaPorta, 1B3110011 .239
Travis Buck, RF2000100 .239
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (24, Jackson)
SH - Ezequiel Carrera (2)
RBI - Ezequiel Carrera (4), Travis Hafner (40)
2-OUT RBI - Ezequiel Carrera (3)
PK - Ezequiel Carrera (1, Jackson)
Team LOB - 5
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (10, Misplayed grounder), Ezequiel Carrera (1, Dropped fly), Carlos Santana (7, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson (L,8-7) 7441160 2.57
Joe Smith 1000020 1.17
Tony Sipp 1200000 3.15
IBB - Konerko by Justin Masterson
WP - Tony Sipp (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 112-73, Joe Smith 14-9, Tony Sipp 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 11-5, Tony Sipp 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Joe Smith 3, Tony Sipp 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20252
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi