Even without the pressure of a playoff race, the Chicago White Sox continue to struggle.
The White Sox, coming off yet another loss, look to avoid a three-game sweep Wednesday in the finale of their series with the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians (74-83) won their fourth straight Tuesday, 6-0 over the White Sox (87-71) who had only four hits.
Chicago lost for the ninth time in 12 games, continuing the second-half skid by the 2005 World Series champions, who were eliminated from the postseason Monday after a 14-1 drubbing at Jacobs Field.
“We lose as a team and we win as a team,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Obviously, what we needed to do we didn’t. I don’t have any complaints about any of my players.”
Chicago will give the ball to Brandon McCarthy (3-7, 4.88 ERA), who is making his second start after being used out of the bullpen for most of the year.
The right-hander lost his first start of the season, giving up three runs and five hits in four innings in a 10-7 loss to Tampa Bay on May 16.
McCarthy has made 51 relief appearances, and lost his last four decisions. His last win was on June 6, when he pitched two shutout innings in a 4-3 victory over playoff-bound Detroit.
McCarthy is 1-1 with a 14.85 ERA in seven relief appearances spanning 6 2-3 innings against the Indians this season. His only other outing against Cleveland was his first major league appearance.
McCarthy started the game, giving up one run and six hits in five innings to earn a win in a 3-1 victory on Oct. 2.
Cleveland will counter with Fausto Carmona (1-9, 5.64), who also has been used primarily out of the bullpen for most of his rookie season. The right-hander is making his fourth straight start and seventh of the season.
Carmona gave up one run and six hits, but did not factor in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Wednesday. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in one start and two relief appearances against the White Sox.
Ryan Garko homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Indians on Tuesday.
“When I went up the last time, Casey (Blake) yelled out, ‘All you need is a triple for the cycle,”’ said Garko, who was 3-for-4 and drove in all his runs with two outs. He had a two-run double in the third inning and three-run homer in the fifth.
“The best kind of RBIs are two-out RBIs,” said Garko, a rookie who has driven in 32 runs in 34 games since Aug. 18. “I love hitting in the middle of this lineup.”
Indians catcher Victor Martinez singled to right to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He is batting .434 (20-for-46) with eight runs and 10 RBIs during his streak.