- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Nick Swisher is ready for LeBron James’ return to Cleveland.

“I almost felt like I should take some powder and throw it up in the air,” he said, referring to James’ signature pregame ritual, after hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning of Cleveland’s 7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Before Swisher’s home run, the biggest cheer from the crowd of 24,652 came when the Indians put a message on the scoreboard welcoming home James, who announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chants of “LBJ” were heard later in the game.

Corey Kluber (9-6) allowed four runs in six innings while David Murphy also homered for Cleveland, his first since May 21.

The win moved the Indians back to .500 (46-46) for the first time since June 20.

“It’s hot in the 216 right now, for sure,” Swisher said in reference to Cleveland’s area code. “There’s a lot of excitement.”

Kluber, left off the AL All-Star team despite a strong first half, wasn’t his usual dominant self but pitched well enough to win. The right-hander has won three of his last four decisions.

“I think Klubes is a really good pitcher,” manager Terry Francona said. “You’re not going to have your best command every night, but he still stayed out there for six and gave us a chance to win.”

“When you have 30-some starts, there are going to be times when it’s a struggle to get through it,” Kluber said. “You have to keep your team in the game. The important thing is we got a win.”

Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.

Swisher’s homer off Hector Noesi (3-7) to center field broke a 4-4 tie.

Adam Dunn hit a leadoff homer in the fifth for Chicago, which has lost three straight. The White Sox took the lead on three different occasions, but the Indians responded to tie or go ahead each time in their next at-bat.

“If you’re going to be down, that’s important,” Francona said.

The Indians were helped by an overturned call on a replay in the fifth. Asdrubal Cabrera was originally called out trying to steal second, but Francona challenged the call, and Cabrera was ruled safe after a review.

“That was obviously a huge call for us,” Francona said.

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