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Swisher homers from both sides as Indians gain ground

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CHICAGO -- Nick Swisher's power surge has been a boost for Cleveland as the Indians try for their first postseason berth since 2007.

Swisher homered from both sides of the plate for the 13th time during the Indians' 7-1 win against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night. Swisher tied the major-league record set by former New York Yankees teammate Mark Teixeira, and the Indians pulled within a half-game of Tampa Bay and Texas in the AL wild-card race.

"The way things are kind of going down the stretch, you've got to step your game up in situations like this," Swisher said. "Seasons like this don't come around very often. We have a chance to make it into the playoffs and that's what we're doing."

Slowed by injuries earlier this season, Swisher has five home runs in 13 games during September.

Batting right-handed against starter Chris Sale, Swisher homered off the left-hander leading off a four-run sixth. Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run homer made it 6-0.

Switching around to the left-hand side against right-hander Ramon Troncoso in the ninth, Swisher hit his 20th home run of the season. Swisher has 20 career multihomer games.

"It's pretty cool having a major-league record for something," Swisher said. "I don't care what it's for. Just to have that especially to share that with my boy Mark Teixeira who I love dearly, it's just crazy. It just happens to be a lucky day."

In a game that started after a rain delay of 4 hours, 23 minutes, the Indians achieved a franchise first by sweeping a four-game series from the White Sox for the third time in a season. Next up is a three-game series at Kansas City, which is three games back of Cleveland.

Zach McAllister (8-9) allowed one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and a walk.

Last-place Chicago has lost six in a row, and at 58-91 is 33 games under .500 for the first time since finishing 1976 with a 64-97 record, according to STATS.

Sale (11-13) gave up six runs and nine hits -- including three homers -- in 5 2/3 innings and dropped to 6-11 following a 5-2 start. He has an 8.61 ERA in 23 innings against the Indians this season.

"I thought Zach's stuff today was probably as good as we've seen," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He had velocity with his fastball and some power to it and he commanded it in and out very well."

Matt Carson put Cleveland ahead in the second with an RBI single, starting only the second three-hit game of his major league career. His solo homer in the fifth was his first home run since Sept. 26, 2010, for Oakland. Carson said he watched NFL games during the lengthy delay, which helped calm his nerves ahead of his first start of the season.

"It's definitely been awhile, but to do it in a game like this it was a really good feeling," Carson said of his home run.

Josh Phegley singled in a run for the White Sox in the seventh.

"It was a combination of who you're using and how they were swinging, so right now we're kind of in that rut we're not scoring," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Notes

The White Sox have not been 34 games under .500 since finishing 1970 at 56-106, according to STATS. ... The 12 consecutive losses against Cleveland ties the White Sox record for most against one opponent, set against the Boston Red Sox from Aug. 5, 1921, to May 15, 1922. ... Chicago CF Avisail Garcia was scratched from the starting lineup to be with his pregnant wife. Leury Garcia replaced him. ... The White Sox offered fans with tickets to Sunday's game a free ticket to an April 2014 home game excluding opening day and the series against Boston (April 15-17). ... Indians manager Terry Francona hasn't been able to determine why reliever Vinnie Pestano has struggled this season. Pestano has a career-high 4.19 ERA, allowing 35 hits in 34 1/3 innings. "I don't know if you can pinpoint one, we've tried so hard to figure it out, how do we make it better, that's the goal," Francona said. "I think it's the lack of finish on his fastball, think he's tried to find that. It's probably cost him some location. It's been tough, I know he's frustrated."

 
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N. Swisher
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H 2
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M. Carson
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H 3
HR 1
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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4000132 .233
Nick Swisher, 1B5222023 .244
Ryan Raburn, LF3110010 .286
   a-Michael Brantley, PH-LF2000000 .272
Carlos Santana, DH4220100 .270
Yan Gomes, C5000014 .294
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4113002 .235
Mike Aviles, 3B3000100 .256
Matt Carson, RF3132000 .750
Jose Ramirez, 2B2010210 .364
Zach McAllister, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
Totals35710758  
a-grounded out for Raburn in the 7th
Batting
HR - Nick Swisher 2 (20, Sale), Asdrubal Cabrera (14, Sale), Matt Carson (1, Sale)
RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (57), Asdrubal Cabrera 3 (60), Matt Carson 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carson (1)
SB - Matt Carson (2, 2nd base off Troncoso/Phegley)
CS - Jose Ramirez (1, 2nd base by Sale/Phegley)
Team LOB - 7
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (W,8-9) 6.2611150 3.96
Bryan Shaw 1.1000000 3.57
Cody Allen 1100010 2.66
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 96-67, Bryan Shaw 17-12, Cody Allen 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 7-7, Bryan Shaw 1-3
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 26, Bryan Shaw 4, Cody Allen 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leury Garcia, CF4010000 .198
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000022 .264
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000012 .280
Adam Dunn, 1B3010110 .219
Jeff Keppinger, DH4110001 .244
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000013 .259
Jordan Danks, RF4010012 .248
Josh Phegley, C3011000 .227
Marcus Semien, 3B3020002 .346
Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
Totals3317116  
Batting
2B - Leury Garcia (1, McAllister)
RBI - Josh Phegley (22)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Phegley (8)
CS - Marcus Semien (1, 2nd base by McAllister/Gomes)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dayan Viciedo 1
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (L,11-13) 5.2966373 3.08
Jake Petricka 1.1000110 1.32
Ramon Troncoso 2111101 5.19
WP - Chris Sale (7)
HBP - Carson (by Ramon Troncoso)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 110-70, Jake Petricka 20-10, Ramon Troncoso 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 3-5, Jake Petricka 2-1, Ramon Troncoso 5-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 27, Jake Petricka 5, Ramon Troncoso 9
Game Information
Attendance - 18631
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper