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"We tried to give him a chance (for a complete game)," Acta said. "He was still throwing 94 mph with good life on his pitches. But we really didn't want to give him a chance to get into any kind of trouble or bring in Perez without any kind of breathing room."
Buehrle allowed at least one runner in each of the first five innings, but Cleveland bounced into two double plays and left six on base.
"Your goal is to go out there and throw a quality start," Buehrle said. "Three runs, four runs, I think we still would have lost. You have to tip your cap to Carmona. His ball was moving all over the place."
The Indians got the lead in the sixth when Santana doubled and scored on Kosuke Fukudome's single to center.
The Indians upped the lead to three runs and snapped Buehrle's streak with a two-run seventh. Choo stroked an RBI single and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Buehrle's streak tied Frank Smith's 1909 franchise record.
The Indians scored the game's first run in the second when Jason Donald doubled and scored on Jack Hannahan's single.
The White Sox tied it in the second on Ramirez's leadoff homer.
With the regular season down to its final six weeks, both Cleveland and Chicago are faced with the task of playing while also wondering about Detroit.
"I watch the scoreboard all year long," Buehrle said. "Not just (Detroit), but everybody. You're looking up there and obviously rooting against the teams you need to lose."
Acta said his team needs to keep its focus on the game at hand.
"I know that every game means a lot because we're playing the White Sox and we're going to play Detroit but there are so many games left that if we go day-by-day paying attention to that I'm going to get a heart attack," Acta said.
NOTES: The White Sox have vacillated between a five- and six-man rotation for most of the season, but Guillen said rookie starter Zach Stewart will pitch out of the bullpen for the next few days, leaving the team with five starters for the time being. Guillen said he's unsure when Stewart will start again. Indians rookie 2B Jason Kipnis missed his third straight game because of soreness in his right side. Acta said Kipnis took "heavy batting practice" on Wednesday and will return to the lineup Thursday. .. The Indians and White Sox play the series finale on Thursday. Cleveland's Justin Masterson has a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 appearances, while Chicago's Phil Humber is 0-4 with a 7.52 ERA over his last five starts. Chicago 1B Paul Konerko had a 12-game hitting streak snapped. Stewart made his first career relief appearance after five starts and struck out a career-best five in 1 2-3 innings.
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