CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians' bullpen was untouchable in the first game of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader.
Three relievers combined to hold Chicago without a hit in the final three innings in a 4-3 win. Asdrubal Cabrera's solo home run and six strong innings from Fausto Carmona played major roles in the victory.
The second game didn't go nearly as well.
Although the Indians built an early 4-0 lead, four relievers allowed three earned runs in 3 2-3 innings to waste a solid starting effort by rookie right-hander Zach McAllister in a 5-4 loss.
The bullpen's success in the afternoon actually hurt the Indians in the second game. Manager Manny Acta, who has relied heavily on his bullpen all season, was forced to use rookies Zach Putnam, Nick Hagadone and Josh Judy.
``That's the problem here in September with doubleheaders,' Acta said. ``You can't be throwing guys in back-to-back games. Not everybody was available.'
Putnam (0-1) started the seventh with a 4-3 lead, but that quickly disappeared. Tyler Flowers started the rally with a single and took third on Gordon Beckham's third double of the game. Juan Pierre's groundout tied the game before Alexei Ramirez's bloop single to center over a drawn-in infield gave Chicago the lead.
``They have to get out there and pitch,' Acta said of the rookies, who were recently called up from Triple-A Columbus. ``It wasn't Zach's day today and that's all there is to it.'
The teams, who were eliminated from the AL Central race last week when Detroit clinched the division, are battling for second place. The Indians lead the White Sox by 1 1/2 games.
Matt Thornton (2-5) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win in the second game and Chris Sale went the final 1 2-3 innings for his seventh save.
Dylan Axelrod, making his second major-league start, allowed four runs in 4 2-3 innings for the White Sox while McAllister, in his third big-league start, gave up two runs in 5 1-3 innings for the Indians.
Cleveland managed one hit off Axelrod through three innings before scoring four times in the fourth. Jim Thome's RBI single gave Cleveland the lead. Matt LaPorta's run-scoring double and sacrifice flies by Grady Sizemore and Jack Hannahan completed the scoring.
Singles by Jason Donald and Carlos Santana started the inning. Thome singled sharply past a diving Paul Konerko at first base to score Donald. After Shelley Duncan walked to load the bases, Sizemore's fly ball to left was deep enough to score Santana.
LaPorta's line drive to right was misjudged by Dayan Viciedo, who got a bad jump and broke back too late to make the catch. Hannahan's fly ball to center scored the inning's final run.
McAllister held the White Sox scoreless until the fifth when Beckham's RBI double scored Chicago's first run. Alejandro De Aza's two-run double off Rafael Perez in the sixth cut the lead to one.
Cleveland's pitchers hit three Chicago batters in the second game.
Cabrera strained his back while batting in the eighth inning of the first game and didn't play in the second game.
Carmona (7-15) allowed three runs in six innings and won for the first time since Aug. 17.
Travis Hafner and Kosuke Fukudome also homered off Gavin Floyd (12-12), who hasn't won since Aug. 29.
Hafner's two-run homer in the first gave Cleveland the lead, but Chicago tied the game in the second on Adam Dunn's RBI double and Alejandro De Aza's run-scoring single.
Cabrera's home run put Cleveland ahead and was his 24th of the season. Cabrera, who entered Saturday's game against Minnesota in an 0-for-20 slump, has eight hits in his last 13 at_bats.
Cabrera's home run put Cleveland ahead and was his team-leading 24th. He leads the Indians with 87 RBIs, eclipsing his previous career-high of 68 in 2009.
``I'm really happy with what I've done, but I haven't thought too much about it,' he said. ``I think we've had a good season, and it's not over yet.'
NOTES: The first game was the makeup of a July 23 rainout at Progressive Field. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says LHP Mark Buehrle will start Wednesday night. Buehrle (11-9, 3.74 ERA) has sore biceps after being hit with a ball in his last start. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (4-2, 4.56) will start for the Indians. ... Jack Hannahan was a defensive replacement at third base in the eighth inning of the first game, his first appearance since straining his left calf Sept. 4. He started the second game. ... C Lou Marson struck out in all three at_bats in the first game. ... The Indians are playing nine games in seven days on their final homestand of the season. Cleveland played a makeup game with Seattle on Monday and will play another day-night doubleheader against Minnesota on Saturday. ... The Indians recalled RHP Corey Kluber from Columbus.
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