- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The White Sox and reliever Jake Petricka were beaten in the 10th inning for the second straight game.

Zach Walters hit a two-run home run in the 10th, lifting the Cleveland Indians to an 8-6 victory over the sliding White Sox on Tuesday night, handing Chicago its season-high seventh straight loss.

Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to lead off the inning against Petricka (0-4), and after failing to sacrifice Chisenhall to third, Walters hit a 3-2 pitch well into the right-field bleachers to give the Indians the lead.

Petricka has given up only three homers all season, but has served up game-winners in the 10th in consecutive games. Yankees pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined three-run walk-off shot with two outs in the 10th Sunday to give New York a 7-4 victory.

“I think it’s location,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He has everything velocity-wise and the stuff, but he’s been a bit erratic.”

The White Sox bullpen has struggled all season, but Petricka was showing signs of rounding into form. The 6-foot-5 right-hander leads Chicago with nine saves.

“When he was going, he was pounding the zone, getting ahead early, being able to use his off-speed stuff,” Ventura said. “The guys at this level, when you’ve got to lay it in there and throw a fastball, it doesn’t matter how hard you throw.”

Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the win, keeping Cleveland 5 1/2 games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.

The Indians’ usually sturdy rotation had an off night. Cleveland’s starters entered the night with a 2.57 ERA since Aug. 1, but got only 4 2-3 innings from T.J. House, who squandered a 3-0 first-inning lead and gave up five runs, including Alexei Ramirez’s fifth-inning home run.

Despite that, Cleveland won its third straight, moved to a season-high four games above .500 and kept pace in the tightly bunched hunt for an AL wild-card spot.

“We know exactly where we are and we know that we have to turn it on at this moment in time if we expect to catch anyone - whether it’s the wild card or the division,” House said.

Chicago didn’t get much from starter Jose Quintana, who went five innings and allowing six earned runs to match a season-high. His ERA also rose from 3.25 to 3.48 as he got his 11th no-decision of the year and major league-leading 38th since the start of the 2012 season.

“I felt a little upset with myself because I got pretty good support tonight,” Quintana said.


White Sox: OF Moises Sierra (strained left oblique) went 1 for 4 in his second game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.

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