CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco pitching at all this season will go down as one of the biggest victories of the season in baseball, regardless of how he pitches or how the Indians finish the regular season.

It's also why, moments after blowing a three-run lead in the eighth, Carrasco walked off to his second ovation of the night during the Indians' 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Carrasco entered the game in the eighth with the Indians leading 5-2. The moment the scoreboard showed the bullpen door opening, and Carrasco's warm-up song, "Summer of 69," began playing, the crowd began to give him an extended standing ovation as he jogged to the mound in Cleveland for the first time since May.

It just didn't go as planned after that.

Carrasco allowed a couple of singles, but the major damage was done by James McCann, who blasted a two-out, game-tying, three-run home run to the bleacher seats in left field to stun and silence the home crowd hoping for an all-positive story. A few pitches later, Eloy Jimenez piled on with his home run of the game to give the White Sox (61-77) their first lead of the night at 6-5.

Still, Carrasco walked off the mound after the inning to a positive ovation in recognition of his difficult road back to baseball.

A half-inning earlier, the Indians had taken the lead when Roberto Perez blasted a three-run home run off White Sox reliever and former Indians pitcher Evan Marshall to break a 2-2 tie. In the fifth, Perez had singled home a run that gave the the Indians a 2-1 lead.

Before the White Sox's four-run eighth, Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger had little trouble with Chicago's lineup. In his seven innings of work, Clevinger allowed only two hits and struck out nine with four walks.

White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease, meanwhile, allowed four runs on four hits and struck out a career-high 11 batters.

The Indians (80-59) took a 1-0 lead in the first on Francisco Lindor's lead-off home run, his 27th of the season and sixth in his last 11 games.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.