CHICAGO (AP) -- Frank Thomas wasn't about to let a little slump
hold him back.
Thomas, in an 0-for-11 slide, came to plate in the seventh with
two out, two on and the White Sox trailing Cleveland by a run. He
hit the first pitch from reliever Danys Baez into the seats in left
field and the White Sox went on to win 7-3 Sunday.
"All season I've had my little stretches where I've struggled,
and I've come out swinging every time," Thomas said. "That was my
whole mind-set. I was not looking for a little single, I was
looking to smoke the baseball."
Chicago swept the three-game series and is 10 games over .500
for the first time this season. The White Sox remain tied with
Minnesota for first in the AL Central and host the Twins for four
games starting Monday.
"Frank is a big key for us," Chicago manager Jerry Manuel
said. "When he goes and gets those big hits the other guys feed
off it. And I think it takes some pressure off some guys."
Dan Wright and five Chicago relievers held down the Indians, who
have dropped six straight.
Baez (1-8) threw 1 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and two
hits while walking two and striking out one.
"I didn't think he'd swing at the first pitch but he swung at
the one I gave him, which was up and in," Baez said. "This is the
toughest time for me in the bullpen in the big leagues. Nothing is
happening the right way."
The White Sox tied it in the sixth on an RBI single by Magglio
Ordonez and a sacrifice fly by Carlos Lee that scored Thomas.
Cliff Lee gave up just three hits over the first 5 1-3 innings
and didn't allow a runner past second. He was removed for Baez
after Ordonez's single.
Lee allowed two runs and four hits, walking four and striking
Cleveland went ahead again in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by
Jhonny Peralta, but Thomas followed with his 39th homer.
Chicago added two more runs in the eighth on a two-run homer by
Paul Konerko off reliever Dave Lee.
Wright, making his first start in more than a month, went five
innings, giving up two runs on five hits.
The Indians got on the board first when Ben Broussard hit his
14th homer of the season.
Cleveland tacked on another run when Casey Blake led off the
sixth with his 17th home run of the year, but blew a chance to add
to the lead. Jody Gerut followed Blake by tripling to center on a
ball misplayed by Chicago's Carl Everett.
But Gerut was tagged out in a rundown two batters later when,
with the Chicago infield drawn in, he tried to come home on a
grounder to third by Victor Martinez.
The same thing happened an inning later to the Indians' Angel
Santos on a grounder to shortstop.<
^Notes: Gerut is on pace to become the first player to lead the
Indians in home runs and RBI since Joe Charboneau in 1980. ... Lee
is 2-1 in five starts since his recall from Triple-A Buffalo on