McCarthy fuels ChiSox to rain-shortened win vs. Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Brandon McCarthy was back in the role he enjoys
most, and it showed.

McCarthy struck out eight in his first start in more than four
months to help the Chicago White Sox to a rain-shortened 2-1 win
over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

McCarthy (4-7) allowed one run, two hits and walked one over 5
1/3 innings. He had gone 0-4 -- all in relief -- since his last win
June 6, when he pitched two shutout innings in a 4-3 victory over
playoff-bound Detroit.

"I'm not sure if it shows, but I feel more comfortable
(starting)," McCarthy said. "I have a better idea what I'm doing
in terms of getting ready and preparing for when I get out there.

"I don't know if this was a tryout. I didn't look at it that
way. It just felt good to have one last start before the season

The White Sox had the bases loaded and one out in the eighth
inning when play was stopped. The umpires waited 1 hour and 58
minutes before calling the game.

"I was appreciative of them waiting," Indians manager Eric
Wedge said. "It's a one-run game and we had two at-bats left."

Charlie Haeger worked 1 2-3 innings for his first save in six
career appearances.

In his first start since lasting four innings in a loss at Tampa
Bay on May 16, McCarthy dominated an Indians lineup that entered
the game as the third-highest scoring team in baseball. He tied his
career-high strikeout total, set Sept. 11, 2005, in a relief
appearance of 5 2/3 innings.

"I felt like it was the best I've done all year of mixing my
pitches and having command," McCarthy said.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he isn't sure what McCarthy's role
may be next year.

"It's something we'll talk about," he said. "We haven't
decided. If we need a guy (for the rotation), it should be him."

The White Sox salvaged the final game in Cleveland after being
routed by a combined 20-1 score over two games. The fourth win in
13 games for the defending World Series champions broke the
Indians' four-game winning streak.

Ross Gload hit his third homer with two outs in the first
against Fausto Carmona (1-10) to put Chicago ahead 1-0. Alex
Cintron's bases-loaded sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the sixth.

Meanwhile, McCarthy used a good fastball and a sharp, overhand
curve to stymie the Indians, striking out the side on 11 pitches in
the fifth.

Right fielder Rob Mackowiak helped keep the Indians hitless in
the third by making a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by
rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff. One out later, Grady Sizemore lined a
single to left-center, but was erased trying to steal second.

Andy Marte ruined McCarthy's shutout bid with one out in the
sixth by hitting his fourth homer, a 406-foot shot into the
left-field seats.

"I hit a mistake," Marte said. "He didn't make many mistakes.
He was throwing very good, but it was a high pitch. When you get
one of those you try not to miss it."

Carmona took his 10th straight loss since winning his major
league debut 7-2 against Detroit on April 15. He allowed two runs
and six hits over six innings, walking two and striking out six in
his fourth start since returning from Triple-A Buffalo on Sept. 5.

"He threw the ball well tonight," Wedge said. "His tempo has
been better, his pitch-to-pitch focus has been better."

The rookie right-hander went 0-6 with three blown saves as a
reliever, losing four times in a six-day span from July 30 to Aug.
5 as the team's closer.

Game notes
Chicago's 10 strikeouts gave them 1,032, two more than the
previous team mark set in 2004. LHP Rafael Perez fanned ex-Indian
Jim Thome to break the record in the eighth. ... White Sox OF Jerry
Owens singled in the third inning for his first career hit and
moments later got his first stolen base. ... Indians C Victor
Martinez went 0-for-3, snapping his 13-game hitting streak. ... The
Indians' two hits tied a season low set May 29 in an 11-0 loss to
the White Sox.