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Indians rally in first-half finale to edge White Sox, 3-2

CLEVELAND -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks his team has made strides from 2013 during the first half of the season, but he knows there is still a long way to go to get to where the club wants to be.

"I would like it to be better," Ventura said. "We've had spurts where we play well and spurts where we didn't play that well. We've had a lot of games that we could have won that we didn't win. You wish you were in a better spot. Again you just come back and clean that stuff up."

In the first-half finale heading into the All-Star break, the Sox again demonstrated one of their bigger issues this season -- the bullpen.

Sox left-hander John Danks allowed one run over seven innings, and the Sox rallied for a lead in the top of the eighth inning. But reliever Javy Guerra allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 3-2 loss to the Indians.

Ryan Raburn's walk and singles from Nick Swisher and Yan Gomes against Danks gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the second inning. They loaded the bases on a fielding error from Sox infielder Carlos Sanchez, but Danks worked out of the jam with two strikeouts.

Danks also left two Indians runners on in the third and fourth innings and stranded the bases loaded in the sixth.

But the Sox had even more trouble against Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer, who pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits, walking three and striking out 10.

The Sox finally broke through in the eighth inning against reliever Bryan Shaw. Conor Gillaspie singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Gordon Beckham's RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 1-1. Leury Garcia knocked another hit up the middle that bounced by Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis and allowed Beckham to score for a 2-1 lead.

The Indians answered with a rally in the bottom of the inning against Guerra. Swisher singled and Gomes hit a two-run homer to right field to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.

Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez sat out with back stiffness and center fielder Adam Eaton sat out with wrist and ankle injuries.

Sanchez, called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, made his major league debut in place of Ramirez, and Leury Garcia filled in for Eaton.

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