CLEVELAND (AP) - The arithmetic is becoming all too familiar for Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta.
``There's not much you can do when you can't score any runs,' Acta said following Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The loss was Cleveland's third straight and dropped the Indians 1 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Cleveland, with three rookies in the starting lineup, managed only five hits and was shut out for the 10th time this season.
Gavin Floyd allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander (8-9) earned his second straight win after going 0-4 over six previous starts. Floyd struck out five and didn't issue a walk for the first time in 19 starts.
Carlos Quentin's three-run homer off Carlos Carrasco in the fifth gave Floyd and two relievers all the runs they needed.
Thanks to a long list of injuries, most notably to Shin-Soo Choo (broken thumb) and Grady Sizemore (bruised knee and sports hernia), the Indians are searching for ways to improve their offense before the July 31 trade deadline. Until then, Acta will have to go with what he has. On Friday night, that included starting Ezequiel Carrera in center field, Lonnie Chisenhall at third base and Jason Kipnis, who was making his major-league debut, at second base.
That's not the ideal situation for a team trying to win its division.
``If we had the offense we thought we did in place, we wouldn't have to challenge these young guys as much,' Acta said. ``We don't want to put any pressure on those kids.'
Chisenhall had two hits - a double in the fifth and a single in the eighth - while Carrera, who batted leadoff, singled in the fourth. Kipnis went 0 for 2 and was hit by a pitch in the eighth.
``We need some of the other guys to do their thing and have (the rookies) contribute,' Acta said. ``It is what it is. We've had to battle the whole year with our offense.'
Acta isn't losing any sleep over the shutouts.
``I couldn't care less how many times we get shut out, as long as we have more wins than losses,' he said. ``If I win 100 games, I couldn't care less if the other 62 are shutouts.'
Quentin's 20th homer sent Carrasco (8-8) to his fourth straight loss. The right-hander stranded seven baserunners in the first three innings, but couldn't escape the fifth. Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn singled with one out before Carrasco's 2-1 pitch to Quentin landed in the bleachers in left field.
``I was trying to throw a sinker with one out to get a double play,' Carrasco said. ``I left it up and in the middle of the plate and he hit it out.'
``Carlos gave us a chance, despite having to battle all that traffic,' Acta said. ``Unfortunately, he couldn't work himself out of all of them and Quentin got him with the three-run homer.'
Dunn, who had two hits after entering the game in 7-for-79 slump, was impressed with Carrasco.
``He can be really, really tough,' Dunn said. ``He was good tonight. We got just enough that one inning. It is hard to string together three hits in a row against him like we did.'
Matt Thornton replaced Floyd with runners on second and third in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Orlando Cabrera drove his first pitch toward the gap in left-center, but left fielder Juan Pierre made a running catch near the warning track to end Cleveland's best scoring threat.
Thornton gave up a single to Michael Brantley in the ninth, then struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and got Travis Hafner to line out to center before yielding to Sergio Santos, who struck out Matt LaPorta for his 19th save.
The Indians have lost five of seven and are 3 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox.
Quentin is a key reason why the White Sox are 5-1 this year against Cleveland. He is batting .500 (11 for 22) with three homers and 12 RBIs in the season series.
Carrasco gave up six hits and three runs over 6 1-3 innings, striking out six.
Notes: Rain delayed the start 47 minutes. ... Cleveland called up Kipnis from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday. He was the Indians' second-round draft pick in 2009. Kipnis will share time at second base with Orlando Cabrera. ... The Indians optioned INF Luis Valbuena to Columbus and designated for assignment minor-league INF Jared Goedert to clear roster room for Kipnis. ... Hafner played his 1,000th career game.
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