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ChiSox lose to Indians, fall into tie

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CHICAGO -- For the first time in more than three weeks, the Chicago White Sox have company atop the AL Central.

The White Sox gave Detroit an opening to tie for the division lead when Gordon Beckham hit into a game-ending forceout with the potential tying run on second base Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the last-place Cleveland Indians.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "[Detroit is] not going to go away. They'll keep playing hard."

Hours later, Anibal Sanchez pitched a three-hitter for the Tigers in a 2-0 victory over Kansas City that left both Detroit and Chicago at 82-72 with eight games to go.

Chicago had been alone in first place since Sept. 3.

The White Sox have lost six of seven and have had trouble scoring without the long ball of late. Three solo homers were all the offense Chicago mustered Tuesday.

Down 4-0, the White Sox rallied when Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo hit consecutive fifth-inning home runs off Corey Kluber (2-4) and then pulled within a run when Paul Konerko homered off Chris Perez leading off the ninth.

"It's just going to take some hits together that don't go over the fence," Beckham said. "If you string hits together, you usually score runs. It happens that a lot of ours go over the fence."

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Perez walked a pair of batters with two outs, and Beckham grounded to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who threw to second baseman Jason Kipnis for the force.

"Every day there's close games," Konerko said. "Today was obviously not a step in the right direction. It was a tough game. We showed some heart to battle back. At this point of the season, you need the victories."

After Wednesday night's series finale, the White Sox host a four-game series against Tampa Bay and then close with three games in Cleveland.

Detroit finishes its four-game series against Kansas City on Thursday, then winds up with a pair of three-game series at Minnesota and the Royals.

Francisco Liriano (6-12) allowed all four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in his past seven appearances.

Kluber (2-4) gave up four hits in seven innings, retiring nine of his last 10 batters. Vinnie Pestano and Perez completed the six-hitter, with Perez gaining his 37th save in 41 chances.

"He grew a little as a pitcher today," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Kluber. "That was a well-pitched ballgame, a crucial situation for [the White Sox]."

Russ Canzler had three hits and homered for the second straight game, putting Cleveland ahead in the second inning.

Canzler doubled between a pair of walks as the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, and Thomas Neal barely beat out a potential double-play grounder as Carlos Santana scored.

Upset by first base umpire Jerry Layne's call, Pierzynski jumped up and down at home plate.

Ezequiel Carrera and Shin-Soo Choo followed with consecutive RBI singles that chased Liriano.

Notes

  • Pierzynski has a career-best 27 homers. Only Carlton Fisk has more homers in a season by a White Sox catcher, with 37 in 1985.
  • Chicago has hit back-to-back homers 10 times this year.
  • The teams are a combined 2 for 8 in steal attempts this series.
  • White Sox manager Robin Ventura shuffled his rotation, giving starter Jake Peavy an extra day of rest. Peavy will pitch the series opener against the Rays on Thursday, and lefty Hector Santiago (3-1, 3.45 ERA) was plugged in for the series finale against Cleveland on Wednesday. The Indians start RHP Justin Masterson (11-15, 4.97).
  • Ventura said LHP Chris Sale was going to get an extra day of rest prior to the game, but the team announced after the game that he would pitch Saturday on regular rest.
  • Cleveland RHP Roberto Hernandez (sprained right ankle) will throw three innings in a simulated game Wednesday. Acta said Hernandez will possibly throw one more simulated game after that and be done for the season.
 
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With the loss, Paul Konerko and the White Sox fall into a first-place tie in the AL Central with the victorious Tigers. (Getty Images)
With the loss, Paul Konerko and the White Sox fall into a first-place tie in the AL Central with the victorious Tigers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

R. Canzler
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

D. Viciedo
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF5021000 .281
Jason Kipnis, 2B4010013 .257
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010002 .271
Carlos Santana, C3110122 .259
Russ Canzler, 1B4231000 .296
    Jack Hannahan, 3B0000000 .241
Matt LaPorta, DH3010013 .245
   a- Cord Phelps, PH-DH1000011 .105
Brent Lillibridge, 3B-LF3000122 .190
Thomas Neal, LF3101011 .158
    Casey Kotchman, 1B1000000 .234
Ezequiel Carrera, CF4011020 .248
Totals354104210  
a-struck out for LaPorta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Russ Canzler (3, Liriano)
HR - Russ Canzler (3, Liriano)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (59), Russ Canzler (10), Thomas Neal (2), Ezequiel Carrera (10)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (29), Ezequiel Carrera (3)
PK - Carlos Santana (1, Jones)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Kotchman
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (19, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Corey Kluber (W,2-4) 7422342 5.02
Vinnie Pestano (H,36) 1100010 2.41
Chris Perez (S,37) 1111201 3.46
Pitches-Strikes - Corey Kluber 85-52, Vinnie Pestano 12-7, Chris Perez 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Corey Kluber 8-7, Vinnie Pestano 2-0, Chris Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Corey Kluber 26, Vinnie Pestano 4, Chris Perez 6
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF3010112 .280
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4010012 .232
Adam Dunn, DH3000131 .209
Paul Konerko, 1B4111000 .301
Alex Rios, RF4000002 .297
A.J. Pierzynski, C4111000 .278
Dayan Viciedo, LF3121000 .253
   a- Dan Johnson, PH0000100 .357
    Jordan Danks, PR0000000 .220
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000101 .267
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000102 .237
Totals3136355  
a-walked for Viciedo in the 9th
Batting
HR - Paul Konerko (25, Perez), A.J. Pierzynski (27, Kluber), Dayan Viciedo (22, Kluber)
RBI - Paul Konerko (71), A.J. Pierzynski (75), Dayan Viciedo (68)
SB - Alejandro De Aza (25, 2nd base off Kluber/Santana)
CS - Alejandro De Aza (12, 2nd base by Kluber/Santana), Alexei Ramirez (7, 2nd base by Kluber/Santana)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Francisco Liriano (L,6-12) 3.2744241 5.34
Brian Omogrosso 2.1100030 3.12
Jose Quintana 0.2000000 3.60
Nate Jones 2.1200030 2.36
WP - Francisco Liriano (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Liriano 74-46, Brian Omogrosso 34-23, Jose Quintana 4-4, Nate Jones 28-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Liriano 3-3, Brian Omogrosso 2-2, Jose Quintana 1-1, Nate Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Francisco Liriano 19, Brian Omogrosso 8, Jose Quintana 2, Nate Jones 8
Game Information
Attendance - 13797
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover