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Carlos Carrasco continues resurgence as Indians edge White Sox, 3-2

CHICAGO -- When they banished Carlos Carrasco to the bullpen at the end of April, the Indians probably had no idea how he'd react.

The 27-year-old right-hander had been focused on earning a spot in the rotation out of spring training and he did, although largely because he was out of options. But after four ugly starts, Carrasco lost his job as the fifth starter.

On Thursday night in U.S. Cellular Field, Carrasco continued his spectacular August comeback. He held the White Sox to one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Indians scratched out a 3-2 victory and took the three-game series 2-1.

The Indians notched their sixth victory in the last nine games and headed to Kansas City for a three-game weekend series against the Central Division-leading Royals.

Returning to the rotation on Aug. 10, Carrasco improved to 3-0 this month with a 0.73 ERA. Carrasco (6-4, 3.01) retired 12 consecutive batters before Tyler Flowers singled to right with two out in the seventh inning to end Carrasco's night.

The game continued in the form the season series with the White Sox has taken. Eleven of the 16 games, including all three in this series, have been decided by a margin of three runs or less. In those games, the Indians are 3-8.

The Indians improved to 7-9 against the White Sox and 3-7 in U.S. Cellular after dominating the division rival in 2013, taking 17 of 19 games. The Tribe has a 71-69 edge in runs scored in the series.

Trailing 3-1, the White Sox fought back with an unearned run off right-hander Bryan Shaw in the eighth. With two out, Alexei Ramirez singled and third baseman Mike Aviles mishandled a ball off the bat of Jose Abreu for an error, the Tribe's 102nd of the season. Right-hander Cody Allen was summoned, but gave up an RBI single to right by Adam Dunn. Allen struck out Avisail Garcia to end the inning.

Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.

The Indians went ahead 3-1 in the seventh on Michael Brantley's RBI single to left field. The Tribe had taken the lead the inning before when Jose Ramirez singled to center, stole second and scored on Jason Kipnis' single to left.

The Tribe could have had more as Aviles followed Kipnis with a single to center, sending Kipnis to third with a head-first slide. White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie hit Kipnis in the face with the back of his foot on the play, but Kipnis remained in the game. Zach Walters lined out to end the threat.

Michael Bourn led off the game with a triple to the left field corner and scored on a Ramirez groundout to give the Indians the early lead.

The White Sox tied the game 1-1 in the third inning on Abreu's RBI single to left. That scored Adam Eaton, who singled to left with one out, stole second and went to third when catcher Roberto Perez threw the ball into center field on a steal attempt.

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