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CHICAGO -- Danny Salazar had a short, but effective outing, and his bullpen did enough to keep the opposition in check, as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Friday.

Salazar was strong, but the Indians are limiting the young right-hander's work load, so he only tossed 78 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. Salazar gave up no runs on four hits, striking out nine and walking two. The 23-year old rookie now has 54 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings pitched.

Salazar was backed by seven Indians relievers, who combined to toss 5 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and only one unearned run. Bryan Shaw (4-3) picked up the victory with two shutout innings, and Chris Perez worked the ninth to pick up his 24th save in 28 opportunities.

White Sox starter Hector Santiago didn't last long either and was pulled after starting the fifth by walking Nick Swisher and giving up a single to Jason Kipnis.

Jacob Perticka came in to relieve Santiago (4-9), and after getting Carlos Santana to strike out, Ryan Raburn drove in Swisher with a line-drive double down the left field line. Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a walk and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly to left scored Kipnis to put the Indians up 3-0.

Santiago threw 94 pitches in four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks. It was Santiago's third straight start in which he failed to reach the sixth inning.

Drew Stubbs broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when he knocked in Cabrera with a two-out, run-scoring bloop single that fell just in front of center fielder Jordan Danks.

David Purcey kept the White Sox in the game by retiring all eight batters that he faced, lowing his ERA to 1.14 on the season.

The White Sox threatened in the seventh when Danks singled, stole second and went to third on Marcus Semien's single. But Cody Allen got Alexei Ramirez to line out to short, lefty Marc Rzepczynski struck out Adam Dunn, and Matt Albers induced a ground ball off the bat of Paul Konerko to end the inning.

Konerko knocked in the White Sox only run with a two-out, RBI single in the fifth that scored Semien.

It was the 74th time this season the White Sox have scored three runs or fewer.

NOTES: RHP Justin Masterson, who hasn't pitched since Sept 2, continues to work his way back from a left oblique strain. Masterson threw from 75 feet on Friday, and Francona said Masterson would take Saturday off and throw again on Sunday. "There'll be a natural progression and you can't rush it," Francona said. "We'll just go according to plan." ... Raburn entered the Friday's game with a .400/.462/.857 against the White Sox in 39 career plate appearances. Francona attributed it to him hitting lefties well and Chicago having a plethora of southpaw starters. ... RHP Dylan Axelrod tossed 90 pitches in five innings of relief in Thursday's 14-3 loss. It was the most pitches Axelrod has thrown since being removed from the rotation in early July. White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated that Axelrod may be better suited as a starter, but right now, he's needed in his current role. ... RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62) takes on RHP Andre Rienzo (2-1, 4.50) in game three of a four-game set on Saturday at 6:10 pm CST.

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