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Indians Vs. White Sox Score: Fausto Carmona Outduels Mark Buehrle In 4-1 Indians Win

After playing 14 innings in an 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night - a game that went well into Wednesday morning - the Cleveland Indians needed Fausto Carmona to not only win them a ballgame, he needed to pitch deep into the game to give Cleveland's tiring bullpen a break.

Carmona delivered both in dominating fashion.

Keeping a tough-hitting White Sox lineup off balance all night, Carmona pitched 8.1 innings and beat Mark Buehrle and the White Sox 4-1.  On Tuesday night, the White Sox pounded Indians pitching for 22 hits.  It was a different story less than 24 hours later, with Carmona holding the Sox to just 4 hits and 1 run, a solo home run for Alexei Ramirez in the 2nd inning.

Carmona walked 3 and struck out 6 while throwing 118 pitches.  He left with one out in the ninth inning, giving way to Chris Perez to finish out the game.  Carmona improved to 6-12 on the year, but he has pitched much better than his record may indicate since coming off the disabled list.

Mark Buehrle pitched well in a losing effort, giving up all four Indians runs on 12 hits in 7.1 innings.  Buehrle walked 2 and struck out 3 in falling to 10-6 on the season.  The Indians put together 10 singles and two doubles against Buehrle, who was deadlocked in a 1-1 tie with Carmona until the sixth inning.  

The Indians got to Buehrle for a single run in the sixth on a Kosuke Fukudome single that scored Carlos Santana, then added two insurance runs in the seventh inning on a RBI-single by Shin-Soo Choo and a sac-fly by Asdrubal Cabrera

The four runs was more than enough for Carmona, who allowed the home run to Ramirez and a double to Alejandro De Aza around singles by De Aza and Adam Dunn.

The Indians win, coupled with Detroit's 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins means the Indians are just 2 games back in the American League Central.  The Tribe will wrap-up their three-game series with the White Sox tomorrow night with Justin Masterson looking for his tenth win against Philip Humber.

Here's a look at the up-to-the-minute AL Central standings:

AL Central Standings

Detroit 65 58 .528 0 Lost 1
Cleveland 61 58 .512 2 Won 1
Chicago 61 61 .500 3.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 54 68 .442 10.5 Won 1
Kansas City 50 73 .406 15 Lost 4

(updated 8.17.2011 at 11:13 PM EDT)

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.