Chicago, IL -- Corey Kluber threw seven sharp innings and Russ Canzler went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored as the Cleveland Indians continued the Chicago White Sox's late-season struggles with a 4-3 win Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Kubler (2-4) gave up back-to-back solo homers to A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo in the bottom of the fifth inning, but just two other hits as the rookie hurler notched his second career victory in his longest-ever start in the majors. The 26-year-old added four strikeouts while working around three walks.
Chris Perez served up a leadoff homer to Paul Konerko in the ninth, but worked out of a jam later on in the frame to notch his 37th save and enable Cleveland to bounce back from a 5-4 loss in Monday's opener of this three-game series, in which the Indians' bullpen coughed up a late lead.
The defeat was the sixth in seven games for the slumping White Sox and shortened their lead over second-place Detroit in the AL Central to a mere half-game. The Tigers will host Kansas City on Tuesday night.
Chicago starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (6-12) lasted only 3 2/3 innings and was tagged for four runs and seven hits while issuing two walks to record the loss.
Canzler finished a triple shy of the cycle to help the Indians halt a string of six consecutive setbacks to Chicago, with Shin Soo-Choo contributing two hits and an RBI to the winning effort.
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