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Garcia, Selby provide enough offense for Sabathia

9/7/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- C.C. Sabathia knows how to keep the Chicago White
Sox in check -- shut down the middle of their order.

Karim Garcia hit a two-run homer and Bill Selby also homered as
Sabathia and the Cleveland Indians defeated Chicago 4-2 Saturday.

Cleveland won its fourth in a row. Chicago has lost four
straight after a seven-game winning streak.

Sabathia limited Frank Thomas, Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko
to a mere single. They finished 1-for-9 overall, with Ordonez
getting the only hit.

"You got to focus on the rest of their hitters, but that is
their big three,'' said Sabathia.

Sabathia (11-10) pitched four-hit ball for eight innings,
matching a career high for his longest outing.

Indians interim manager Joel Skinner considered sending Sabathia
out for the ninth to finish the game.

"You think about it. With a two-run lead, we have guys that are
fresh, Mark Wohlers was fresh. You consider it for a minute, but he
did what he needed to do,'' said Skinner.

Sabathia was hoping to get a chance to close out the game.

"I don't want to argue with the manager and it was his call,''
said Sabathia.

Sabathia struck out five and walked two in winning for the fifth
time in six decisions.

"He has good stuff, he was keeping the ball away and mixing up
his changeup and his slider,'' said Carlos Lee. "We hit the ball
hard, but right at people.''

Wohlers pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

It was 2-all when Jon Garland (10-11) walked Jim Thome to start
the sixth. Garcia put the Indians ahead with his 10th home run.

Sabathia retired nine in a row before walking Konerko in the
fourth. Lee hit his 23rd home run for a 2-0 lead.

Cleveland tied it in the fifth.

Selby led off with a home run and Chris Magruder followed with a
double. Magruder moved to third when John McDonald bunted down the
first-base line for a single, and a run scored on Eddie Perez's
double-play grounder.

Game notes
Thome has reached base safely in 36 straight games, which
is the longest current streak in the majors. ... Garcia has hit
safely in 13 of his last 14 games with six home runs 23 RBI over
that period.