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Rapid Reaction: Indians 7, White Sox 1

9/15/2013

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 7-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday:

How it happened: After a 4 hour, 23 minute rain delay, left-handed pitcher Chris Sale went to the mound in hopes of salvaging the last game of this four-game series. The Indians had Zach McAllister on the hill. Cleveland had won 11 straight against Chicago, one short of the Sox's all-time consecutive losing streak to one team (12 versus Boston in 1921). Matt Carson got the Indians on the board with an RBI single in the second inning, driving home Carlos Santana, who had singled to lead off the inning. Carson homered in the fifth inning, his first of the season. Nick Swisher led off the sixth with his 19th home run of the year. Asdrubal Cabrera continued the onslaught on Sale, hitting a three-run homer in the same inning. Sale left after 5 2/3 innings, as Cleveland sent 10 men to the plate. White Sox catcher Josh Phegley broke up the shutout with an RBI single in the seventh. Swisher contributed his second home run of the game in the ninth. He hit one from each side of the plate -- his 13th time doing so, tying the major league record with the New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira.

What it means: The Indians moved within a half game of the wild-card lead, behind Tampa and Texas. Sale took his 13th loss off the season, despite topping the 200 innings pitched mark for the first time in his career. Cleveland has dominated the season series between the two clubs, winning 15 of 17 this year.

Outside of the box: The White Sox offered every person who bought a ticket to Sunday's game a free ticket to selected dates in April 2014. Chicago has continued to be plagued by bad defense. The White Sox lead the majors with 112 errors. They have committed 10 miscues in their past seven games. … The South Siders will finish the season with a losing record against the American League Central. This will mark the fourth time in five seasons that they register a losing record in their division. … The Sox started the day 32 games under.500, their worst winning percentage since ending the 1976 campaign at 64-97. … Outfielder Avisail Garcia left the team on Sunday morning after his wife went into labor. Garcia was in the original lineup before the long rain delay.

Up next: The White Sox welcome the Minnesota Twins for a three-game series. RHP Erik Johnson (0-2, 4.56) faces Minnesota LHP Liam Hendricks (1-2, 5.25) in a battle of rookie pitchers.