Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/25)

Game 1: Monday, September 24
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Chi White Sox5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 25
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Chi White Sox3
Game 3: Wednesday, September 26
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Chi White Sox4

Indians 4

(64-91, 30-50 away)

White Sox 3

(82-72, 44-32 home)

    2:10 PM ET, September 25, 2012

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: C. Kluber (2-4)

    L: F. Liriano (6-12)

    S: C. Perez (37)

    White Sox fall short in comeback attempt against upstart Indians

    Associated Press

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have lost sole possession of first place in 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. The Tigers later beat Kansas City 2-0 to pull even in the Central.

    "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. All we can do now is hope Kansas City wins and if they don't, we'll be tied with eight games to go."

    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."

    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."

    Chicago has held sole possession of the division lead since Sept. 3.

    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.

    Game 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.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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    Game Information

    StadiumU.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
    Attendance13,797 (34% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:35
    Weather78 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind3 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Dan Bellino, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Larry Vanover