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Chicago 5, Cleveland 3

9/6/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Carlos Lee hit the wall and held the ball,
jarring himself with a leaping first-inning catch that got the
Chicago White Sox started.

"It was a huge play, it was one of the better plays I've seen
Carlos make since I've been here," Paul Konerko said.

Konerko added a three-run homer, and the White Sox held off the
Cleveland Indians 5-3 Friday night to remain tied with Minnesota
for the AL Central lead.

Lee saved Chicago starter Jon Garland at least one run in the
first by leaping to catch Ben Broussard's liner with a runner at
second and two outs.

After hitting the wall, Lee had the wind knocked out of him and
stayed on the ground for several minutes before jogging to the
dugout.

"It would have put them ahead with another guy at second, maybe
even third if the ball rattles around," Konerko added. "A big
catch."

Garland (11-10) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings,
improving to 2-7 against the Indians in his career. He saluted his
defense, especially Lee.

"I think that turned the game around, even though it was the
top of the first," Garland said. "Our bench sees a catch like
that and it goes crazy."

Konerko homered in the second inning, and Magglio Ordonez added
a solo shot in the fifth off Billy Traber (6-8) as the White Sox
built a 5-0 lead, then survived Cleveland's eighth-inning rally.

"You don't come back all the way, it seems like a wasted
effort," Cleveland's Travis Hafner said. "It's good to fight and
put yourself in a position to win, just not to fall short."

Garland lost his shutout bid in the seventh when Broussard
tripled and Hafner hit an RBI single. Brandon Phillips homered with
one out in the eighth, making it 5-2 and finishing Garland.

After Scott Sullivan gave up a single to Coco Crisp and walked
Casey Blake, Damaso Marte hit Jody Gerut with a pitch that loaded
the bases. Broussard's RBI grounder to first made it 5-3 and put
runners at second and third before Marte fanned Alex Escobar to end
the inning.

Tom Gordon got two outs for his ninth save.

Konerko's 16th homer followed a hit batter and a single by Carl
Everett. Joe Crede doubled in a run in the fourth and Ordonez
connected for his 26th homer in the fifth to make it 5-0.

Traber, a rookie who pitched a one-hitter earlier this season,
lasted just 4 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and nine hits.

"The season's long and wears on you period. Success makes it
seem shorter," Traber said. "That's why this game ain't easy."

Everett had three of Chicago's 11 hits on a night the White Sox
honored their 1983 AL West championship team. Both the old and the
current White Sox were enjoying themselves on a perfect September
night for baseball.

"It's a good time of the year. It's like it was in 2000,"
Konerko said of the White Sox's last trip to the playoffs. You have
more energy when you're in the race."

Game notes
Lee had a painful first couple of innings. Not only was he
shaken up after making his first-inning catch, he was hit in the
back by a pitch from Traber.... Traber is 0-6 on the road in 14
appearances this season. ... Garland needs one more win to match
his career high set last season. ... Everett had been in an
0-for-14 skid before his first single. ... The Indians lost their
fourth straight.