CLEVELAND: Corey Kluber did his part to potentially wrap up a Cy Young Award but the Indians’ offense couldn’t follow suit in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

The loss, combined with the Houston Astros’ loss to the Boston Red Sox earlier in the day, means the Indians will have home-field advantage in the American League through the postseason. It also means the Indians would not have home-field advantage in the World Series, if they advance, against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kluber finished his season on a high note, after Red Sox ace Chris Sale was roughed up in his final outing this week. Kluber tossed five scoreless innings, allowing one run on six hits to go with three strikeouts.

That lone earned run scored as the result of some soft contact and perfect placement in the top of the fourth. Jose Abreu singled to shortstop Francisco Lindor with one out and advanced to second on a groundout. Kevan Smith then added a broken-bat single just out of the reach of Jose Ramirez in shallow right-center field, scoring Abreu without a hard hit.

Kluber ends his season with an 18-4 record, 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts in 203⅔ innings pitched. He’s also in line to end the season as baseball’s ERA king, the first time an Indians pitcher has done that since Mike Garcia in 1949. Since June 1, when he came off the disabled list, Kluber has posted a 1.62 ERA. His 265 strikeouts are also the seventh-most in franchise history.

The Indians (101-60) answered in the bottom of the fifth and also received the first sign of good news regarding Michael Brantley in quite some time. After Yan Gomes was hit by a pitch, Brantley entered to pinch-hit for Giovanny Urshela against White Sox starting pitcher Carson Fulmer. Brantley put together a 10-pitch at-bat, battling Fulmer by fouling off several pitches before roping a single into right field to put runners on the corners. Brantley received a standing ovation from the crowd for his first at-bat since Aug. 8. Brantley, who was activated off the disabled list on Saturday, remained in the game to run.

Lindor then grounded a ball to second baseman Yoan Moncada but was able to beat out the throw from shortstop Tyler Saladino to allow Gomes to score from third, tying it 1-1.

The White Sox (67-94) brought home the decisive run in the top of the sixth. With Kluber out of the game in favor of Mike Clevinger, Smith made hard contact, driving a double to right field to score Avisail Garcia from first base and put the White Sox ahead 2-1.

Saturday night’s game was the 13th sellout of the season, and it was enough to push the Indians past two million fans for the season. It’s the 15th time in club history they have drawn that many fans in a single season and the first time since 2008.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com.