Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Chi White Sox won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, July 17
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in 10
Chi White Sox9
Game 2: Friday, July 18
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Chi White Sox7
Game 3: Saturday, July 19
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Chi White Sox6
Game 4: Sunday, July 20
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Tigers 1

(26-70, 14-35 away)

White Sox 10

(48-50, 29-19 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 20, 2003

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: E. Loaiza (12-5)

    L: W. Ledezma (3-3)

    Thomas smacks two of White Sox's five homers

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Esteban Loaiza completed a memorable six-day stretch with another stellar performance.

    Loaiza won his career-high 12th game Sunday in his first game since starting the All-Star Game in his home stadium, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

    Loaiza pitched two scoreless innings for the AL on Tuesday night and then won in a game that counted in the standings. It's been quite a turnaround for a pitcher who came to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

    "It's outstanding, just coming from the All-Star Game to today," Loaiza said. "I just got to keep battling and go for my 13th win and go on from there."

    Loaiza got plenty of support against the Tigers. Chicago had 16 hits and five home runs, including two by Frank Thomas.

    Tony Graffanino, starting in place of second baseman Roberto Alomar, had a triple and two doubles; Magglio Ordonez was 3-for-3 with a home run; and Paul Konerko also had three hits and a homer.

    "The guys put some good swings on (Detroit pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma)," Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "The ball's jumping when it gets hot and humid here."

    Loaiza (12-5) gave up five hits and one run in seven innings in his first appearance since the All-Star Game. He struck out seven and walked one to snap a three-game losing streak.

    "He's been a different pitcher since he came over to this squad this year," Detroit's Dmitri Young said of Loaiza, who won 11 games in 1997 and 2001 and played for Toronto last year.

    "He is pitching like he knows that he is going to get you out. That's probably the biggest difference that I have seen."

    The White Sox have won three straight against Detroit since Manuel predicted Friday they would sweep their remaining games against the Tigers. The teams play three more times in Detroit on Aug. 29-31.

    Ledezma (3-3), making just his third major league start for Detroit, was battered for seven runs and 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

    A solo home run by Eric Munson in the fifth was Detroit's only run.

    The White Sox put two on the board in the first when Graffanino led off with a triple and scored on Aaron Rowand's sacrifice fly. Thomas followed with a home run.

    The Sox scored twice more in the third on another Thomas solo shot and an RBI single from Konerko. Thomas came into the game in a 6-for-43 slump (.140).

    In the fourth, Thomas had an RBI single and Ordonez followed with a drive to deep center for his 18th homer on the year.

    Ledezma was removed following the Ordonez blast. The 22-year-old had been coming out of the bullpen most of the season, and going into Sunday's game was second among AL rookies in ERA (3.12) and third in batting average against (.238).

    Konerko and Jose Valentin added solo home runs in the fifth off Steve Avery. Miguel Olivo scored from first on Rowand's single to left when Young misplayed the ball for one of three Tigers errors.

    Game notes


    Thomas has 90 career first-inning homers and 22 multihomer games in his career. ... Young left the game in the seventh inning with a mild sprain of his right ankle.

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