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Trevor Bauer’s performance was encouraging, and Carlos Carrasco was even better — until a late meltdown.

Bauer took a step toward returning to Cleveland’s rotation for the postseason by tossing four effective innings, but the Chicago White Sox overcame a two-run, ninth-inning deficit to beat the Indians and Carrasco 5-4 Tuesday night.

Bauer allowed two runs — on Avisail Garcia’s career-high-19th homer in the first — in his second start since suffering a stress fracture in his right leg on Aug. 11. The right-hander also allowed four singles while striking out four and walking none. He threw 43 strikes in the 60-pitch limit set by manager Terry Francona.

“He looked more like himself, which is really a good thing,” Francona said.

Bauer said he felt “fantastic” on the mound.

“I’m really encouraged today again,” Bauer said. “Commanded the ball pretty darn well.

“My stuff has been good. I’m still a tad out of sync mechanically, which is to be expected after missing six weeks. So, I fully expect that to be better the next time out.”

Cleveland will open its Division Series at Houston on Oct. 5. The Astros defeated Toronto 4-1 and were assured the AL West title when Oakland lost at Seattle 10-8.

Pitching coach Carl Willis said Carrasco will start on Sunday at Kansas City, with Bauer coming out of the bullpen.

“Hopefully, I’ll get 85 pitches in on Sunday, which is the next progression, then cleared for just normal activity,” Bauer said.

Carrasco (16-10) followed Bauer on Tuesday with his second relief appearance this season. The right-hander tossed one-hit, shutout ball through four innings and entered the ninth with a 4-2 lead before the White Sox scored three times and snapped a three-game losing streak.

“He was terrific up until the end,” Francona said.

Daniel Palka’s game-ending single up the middle with one out drove in two runs and capped Chicago’s rally.

Yoan Moncada led off the ninth with a walk, Adam Engel and Yolmer Sanchez followed with singles that cut the score to 4-3. Leury Garcia’s sacrifice bunt advanced Engel to third and Sanchez to second, then Palka delivered the game-winning hit.

Palka said the comeback had nothing do with Carrasco, who has started 29 games, tiring.

“I think we just got kind of got hot and were feeding off each other,” Palka said. “I don’t think it matters how many innings it is for him. He’s a baller and he’s going to go out and pitch.”

“Luckily it was my third AB off of him and I saw everything he was getting me out with,” Palka said.

The White Sox need to win one of their last five games to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1970, when they went 56-106.

Yan Gomes hit his 16th homer and Yonder Alonso had two RBI as Cleveland stumbled late in game that was delayed 51 minutes at the start due to rain. The Indians, who have won the AL Central three straight years, will open a division series next week at the winner of the AL West.

White Sox starter James Shields allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in six innings. Reliever Ian Hamilton (1-2) got one out in the ninth to earn the win

Bauer was limited to 1 1/3 innings and 34 pitches against Boston last Friday in his first outing since returning from the disabled list.

An All-Star for the first time in 2018, Bauer was in the midst of his best season — and on a roll — when Jose Abreu’s liner hit him in the leg in the seventh inning of a 3-1 Indians win at Guaranteed Rate Field last month.

When the 27-year-old righty landed on the disabled list on Aug. 14, he was 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA, and 4-0 with 1.05 ERA in his last four starts. Including his Aug. 11 win over the White Sox, Bauer had thrown 100 or more pitches in each of his first 25 starts this season.

In this one, Avisail Garcia drove a belt-high breaking pitch from Bauer into the left-center bleachers with two outs in the first to put the White Sox ahead 2-0.

Cleveland scored three runs with two outs in the third off Shields for a 3-2 lead. Jose Ramirez drove in the first run with a sharp single. After the Indians loaded the bases, Alonso’s single drove in two more.

Bauer allowed singles to Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka with two outs in the bottom half, but escaped on Avisail Garcia’ soft comebacker.

Gomes’ solo shot in the fourth made it 4-2.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: OF Michael Brantley left the game in the sixth with a right calf contusion.

White Sox: Avisail Garcia, an All-Star in 2017 who finished second in the AL with a .330 batting average, said he has played with discomfort in his right knee during all of 2018 and will have surgery in the offseason. Garcia didn’t disclose the injury, but said “it’s nothing major” and he expects to be 100 percent for spring training. Garcia, who started in right field on Tuesday, is hitting .238 with 19 homers and 48 RBI in 89 games. … LF Nicky Delmonico left the game in the fifth with right shoulder soreness after making a diving catch on Francisco Lindor’s liner.

UP NEXT:

Indians RHP Shane Bieber (10-5, 4.80) starts on Wednesday against White Sox LHP Jace Fry (2-2, 4.32)

Trevor Bauer Jersey

Trevor Bauer doesn’t really care if you like him.

“Like me. Love me. Hate me. Whatever. Hopefully, you just remember who I was,” he told reporters last week at the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

He’s certainly making his 2018 season worth remembering. Bauer threw seven scoreless innings in the Cleveland Indians’ 4-0 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday, snapping Pittsburgh’s 11-game win streak and improving his season numbers to 9-6 with a 2.32 ERA.

In a crowded American League Cy Young field, Bauer is right up there alongside Chris Sale, Justin Verlander and Luis Severino as one of the favorites, with Corey Kluber, Blake Snell and Gerrit Cole also in the mix. Bauer leads the league in innings (3 2/3 more than Verlander), is second to Sale in strikeouts (197 to 192), ranks fifth in ERA (2.32 to Sale’s 2.13) and is fourth in OPS allowed.

Bauer has long been a favorite of statheads for his obsessive dedication to analytics, but he never put everything together over his first four full seasons, with a 4.30 ERA and zero seasons with an ERA under 4.00. He made the news less for his pitching and more often for his off-the-field pursuits (playing with drones) and his Twitter spats (earlier this season, he accused Astros pitchers of illegally doctoring baseballs to improve their spin rates).

Some believed Bauer made improvement in the second half of last season, when he lowered his first-half ERA from 5.24 to 3.01. I wasn’t buying that because the big difference in his splits was mostly a result of sequencing. Check his opponents’ batting line:

First half: .269/.333/.454
Second half: .263/.324/.436

This year’s improvement is real, however, and it comes courtesy of an improved slider that he’s throwing a lot more often, giving him a big strikeout weapon. Against the Pirates, five of Bauer’s 10 strikeouts came on the slider, but adding another weapon to his arsenal has made his fastball more effective. Last season, he used his slider just 1.7 percent of the time; this year, he has used it nearly 15 percent of the time, and batters are hitting just .081 against it in 138 plate appearances that have ended with the pitch.

As a result, he has increased his overall strikeout rate from 26.2 percent to 31.6 percent while lowering his batting average allowed from .266 to .212. His results with two strikes are vastly more dominant:

2017: .188/.252/.318, 45% SO rate, 2.8% HR rate
2018: .120/.193/.170, 55.3% SO rate, 0.3% HR rate

As you might expect, Bauer went to the slider only after more intense study in the offseason. He used high-tech tools to monitor its spin rate and talked about comparing his slider to those of teammates Kluber and Mike Clevinger, giving him the confidence to throw it more often. That has taken him to a new level — maybe a Cy Young level.

Fun baseball strategy! The Rays beat the Yankees 3-2 to take two of three in the series, holding New York without a home run in the three games.

Manager Kevin Cash employed an old trick to finish off the game. Sergio Romo got the final two outs of the eighth inning, but with lefty-hitting Greg Bird leading off the ninth, Cash brought in Jonny Venters while moving Romo over to third base. Venters retired Bird on a grounder to second, then Romo went back to the mound and got the final two outs, striking out Brett Gardner to end it:

The Rays once again used an “opener,” as Ryne Stanek pitched the first inning. Since first using the opener strategy on May 19, the Rays are 31-28 (they were 21-22 through May 18) and lead the majors with a 3.16 ERA. Of course, we don’t really know if the opener strategy is a reason for that or if the staff would have fared just as well with a more conventional approach.

I was thinking about this as the Chris Archer trade rumors heat up, on the day the Rays traded starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Red Sox and starter/reliever Matt Andriese to the Diamondbacks. One reason against trading Archer would be that the Rays need somebody to start and soak up innings in the non-bullpen games — not just for the rest of 2018 but for 2019, too. If Archer is traded, the only conventional starter left would be Snell (who is on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue).

What would a pitching staff with no starting pitchers look like? We’re close to finding out. Put it this way: You need about 1,450 innings to get through a season. If you divide that equally among 12 slots on a staff, you would need 120 innings from each slot, though you will be moving guys up and down from the minors.

You can see one issue there: One reason modern relievers are so effective is because their innings are so limited. Rollie Fingers averaged 116 innings as a reliever from 1972 to 1980, but new Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman averaged just 54 innings over his final seven seasons. Modern relievers rarely get to 80 innings, so asking them to go 120 is likely to decrease their effectiveness.

That is why the Rays have been collecting back-of-the-rotation starter types, guys used to pitching multiple innings. For Eovaldi, they acquired Jalen Beeks, a lefty starter with great numbers at Triple-A. Anthony Banda, Andrew Moore and Wilmer Font fit this mode. Ryan Yarbrough and Hunter Wood were starters in the minors.

Maybe this strategy can work with an entire staff of these guys pitching two- and three-inning stints. We’ll see. It’s an interesting experiment, and so far it has worked.

Hoskins heating up: The Phillies took two of three from the Dodgers with a 7-3 victory, and Rhys Hoskins hit his fourth home run in five games:

Hoskins is up to a solid line of .255/.367/.486, which includes a terrible May in which he hit .161 and struck out 32 percent of the time. Since returning from a DL stint on June 9 (he had a small hairline fracture in his jaw), he has cut his K rate to 19.4 percent. That’s the Hoskins I envisioned before the season, and I think you’ll see excellent results from him the rest of the way.