Rapid Reaction: Indians 7, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- The White Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Sunday to fall 10 1/2 games back in the American League Central, a half game off their largest deficit of season when they trailed by 11 games on May 7.

How it happened: Zach Stewart followed up his one-hitter at Minnesota by giving up three runs over five innings to the Indians. The White Sox were still close until Matt Thornton gave up three runs in the eighth inning. The White Sox’s two runs in the third inning came on ground balls the Indians weren’t able to turn double plays on.

What it means: Stewart continues to make a case for a roster spot in 2012 despite getting touched for three runs in the second inning. The right-hander figures to get at least two more starts before the end of the season. That won’t count, though, nearly as much as what he does during spring training. Manager Ozzie Guillen said that Stewart should be a member of the 2012 club (as a long man or starter) as long as he’s healthy.

Outside the box: No matter how you seem to slice it, the White Sox continue to be a .500 team. They are not only 73-72 this season, but 28-30 in American League Central play. Now they are 7-7 halfway through a 28-game stretch against division opponents.

Up next: White Sox left-hander John Danks (6-11, 4.09 ERA) will pitch Monday in the opener of a three-game series with the Tigers. Detroit will counter with right-hander Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.87) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.