Indians-White Sox Preview
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
- The Indians beat the Astros, 3-1, on Sunday, taking two of three from Houston over the weekend in the process. Cleveland (9-4 in last 13 games) hasn't lost a series since dropping two to the Reds, August 6-7 (4-0-1 series record in last five).
- Chicago lost, 7-4, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, getting swept by New York, and losing its sixth straight game overall. The White Sox are 6-15 (.286) in August -- tied with the Blue Jays for worst of any team in the majors.
- Chicago has won four straight and six of seven games against Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field in 2014, and is 8-5 overall against the Indians this season. Last year, the Tribe went 17-2 against the Sox, including a mark of 9-1 in Chicago.
- T.J. House pitched 5.1 innings of shut-out ball in his last outing vs. the Twins at Target Field, winning that game, and improving to 1-1 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts this month. House got a no-decision after going 6.1 innings and allowing just one run (earned) in his only career appearance vs. the White Sox on May 28.
- Jose Quintana dropped his third consecutive game in his last start against the Orioles on August 19, and is now 6-10 on the season, despite posting the second-best ERA (3.25) among all White Sox' starters in 2014. Quintana is 3-0 with a 3.07 ERA in seven career starts against the Indians.
- Jose Abreu recorded three straight multi-hit games (6-for-12 overall), hit one home run, and knocked in four runs over the weekend vs. the Yankees. Abreu has 10 hits in 10 games against Cleveland this season, five of which have left the yard.
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By JEFF MEZYDLO
(AP) -- The Cleveland Indians know there is little room for error if they're to make a serious push toward the postseason.
They look to bounce back from a frustrating defeat by taking Thursday night's decisive series finale against the Chicago White Sox.
After pounding out 14 hits in Tuesday's 8-6, 10-inning victory at Chicago, Cleveland (67-64) recorded five Wednesday night when its three-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 defeat.
Though the Indians lost for only the fifth time in 15 games, they dropped 6 1/2 behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central and are 4 1/2 out of the second wild-card spot.
Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the third, but Chicago (60-72) scored twice in the bottom half and snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in the seventh to end its seven-game skid.
"As a team we feel like we are better than our record shows," said Chicago center fielder Adam Eaton, who is 3 for 8 in two games since missing a little more than two weeks with a strained oblique.
"We're going to put our best effort forward and hopefully these wins will come more readily."
The White Sox have traditionally had their way with Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco (5-4, 3.14 ERA), who is 0-4 with a 7.12 ERA in six starts against them. He gave up five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 9-6 loss April 11 to fall to 0-2 with an 8.82 ERA in three starts at U.S. Cellular Field.
Carrasco, though, did not yield a run or hit in 1 2-3 innings of relief at Chicago on May 26.
The right-hander has allowed a solo homer, six other hits and struck out 17 with two walks over 18 innings to 2-0 in three starts since re-entering the rotation Aug. 10. He gave up that home run, one other hit and both walks while fanning eight in six innings of a 5-1 loss to Houston on Friday.
Cuban rookie Jose Abreu is 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Carrasco, but 10 for 19 with six RBIs in his last five contests.
Teammate Alejandro De Aza is 5 for 10 with two doubles versus Carrasco.
John Danks (9-8, 4.96) allowed 11 runs in 11 innings to split his first two starts against the Indians this season, then gave up one run in seven innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 defeat at Cleveland on July 13.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 7.67 ERA in his last five starts and has yielded three runs each in two straight. He was unable to hold an early 3-0 lead against the Yankees on Friday and lasted five innings while not factoring in the decision of a 4-3 loss.
Danks has allowed seven home runs while walking 15 and striking out 12 in those five outings.
"I'm still walking too many guys and giving up homers," he told MLB's official website. "That's what has gotten me in trouble in the past and continues to get me in trouble. It's frustrating, like I said, but it's part of it, and we'll do what we can to fix it."
Mike Aviles is 3 for 8 with a double versus Danks this season and batting .410 against Chicago in 2014.
Updated August 28, 2014