CLEVELAND (AP) -- Finished for the evening, Jon Garland relaxed
in Chicago's clubhouse and watched Randy Johnson close out his
perfect game on TV.
Garland's performance didn't have many flaws, either.He dominated Cleveland hitters for seven strong innings and the
White Sox cooled off the Indians with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday
night.Garland (3-2) allowed one run and five hits while snapping
Cleveland's season-high winning streak at five games. The
right-hander was rarely in trouble while slowing down the Indians,
who had averaged eight runs per game during their streak."They're hot," Garland said. "They're probably the best
hitting team in baseball right now."Not anymore.Garland, who walked one and struck out six, retired 10 straight
before getting into a jam in the sixth. But with one out and
runners at first and second, he struck out Victor Martinez.Then, with runners in scoring position, he fanned Travis Hafner
to preserve a 4-1 lead."I had a plan and I stuck with it," Garland said. "I made
quality pitches when I had to."Paul Konerko hit a two-run single in a four-run fourth off
Cleveland's Chad Durbin (3-4) as the White Sox won for just the
fourth time in 11 games.Damaso Marte gave up a sacrifice fly to Martinez in the eighth
and Billy Koch struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh
save.Chicago did very little against Durbin the first time through
the order.The second go-around was much different as the White Sox scored
four runs in the fourth against the right-hander, who came in 1-4
with a 9.56 ERA in seven starts against them.The White Sox loaded the bases with one out before Konerko's
two-run hit put them up 2-1. One out later, Miguel Olivo hit a shot
through the middle that struck Durbin in the upper leg and slowly
caromed toward right field.Jose Valentin, who was on second, was alertly waved around and
scored on a headfirst slide. Willie Harris followed with an RBI
single, giving the White Sox a 4-1 lead and chasing Durbin.He allowed four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. But despite
the damage, Durbin lowered his ERA from 11.77 to 11.34."I was going to go as hard as I could for as long as I could,"
Durbin said. "I hit a wall in the fourth. I made some pretty good
pitches, but I ran out of gas a little."The Indians, who have been making a habit of scoring early, took
a 1-0 lead in the second.Hafner doubled to straightaway center and moved to third when
Valentin couldn't come up with Casey Blake's high hopper. Garland
did get Ben Broussard to hit into a double play, but Hafner scored.However, it was a wasted chance to get to Garland, who came in
just 2-7 against the Indians."He threw strikes and kept us off-balance," Broussard said.
"He got ahead in the count a lot. He did a good job of that and
then he finished it off."It seemed like he was consistent. He threw three pitches for
strikes and wasn't making mistakes. We weren't able to get at him
like we normally do."The Indians closed within 4-2 in the eighth when Omar Vizquel
singled, Jody Gerut doubled and Martinez lifted a fly ball to right
for his 14th RBI in his last seven games.
Following the game, the White Sox recalled LHP Kelly Wunsch
from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned RHP Felix Diaz to Charlotte.
Diaz went 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in two starts. He was scheduled to
pitch Saturday at Minnesota, but LHP Neal Cotts will take his spot
in the rotation for now. ... Frank Thomas appeared to have
connected for his 426th career homer in the eighth, but a strong
wind blowing in from right-center kept it in the ballpark. Thomas'
next homer will tie him with Billy Williams for 32nd on the
all-time list. ... Valentin's error was his 10th, and Chicago's
17th in their last 13 games. ... The start was delayed 36 minutes
by rain -- the third lengthy interruption in two days. ... Cleveland
hasn't won six in a row since opening the 2002 season 11-1. ... The
Indians (18-20) were 12-26 at the same point a year ago.