CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Broussard's grand slam in the third inning
gave Cleveland a seven-run lead, and it almost wasn't enough.
"This was one of those games, back and forth all night long,"
Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "Both teams were battling to
the final out."
Leading 13-8 going into the ninth, Cleveland hung on for its
fifth win in six games and moved past the White Sox for second
place in the AL Central. Chicago lost for the 12th time in 15
Jose Valentin homered twice for the White Sox, who trailed 8-0
in the sixth inning. But after Chicago rallied for three runs in
the ninth, Valentin popped up with a runner on for the final out.
"This is a great place to play," Broussard said. "The
atmosphere is intense and even though they were down all the runs,
the crowd was still behind them."
"I think one of the positive things is we never laid down,"
Valentin said. "We just gave up more runs than we scored and that
was the game."
Valentin has 26 home runs, giving him 25 or more in five
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected after the first
inning for arguing after Lee was thrown out trying to steal second
Indians starter Jake Westbrook (10-5) sailed through the first
five innings, blanking the White Sox on two hits. But Chicago
scored seven times off Westbrook and reliever David Riske in the
sixth, with Valentin hitting a three-run homer after RBI singles by
Willie Harris, Lee, Paul Konerko and Everett.
"I didn't feel like I was leaving it up there," Westbrook
said," but they just kept getting single after single after
single. It just kind of hit me all at once.
"The whole bullpen came up with some big outs and we made it
though," he added.
Vizquel and Hafner hit back-to-back homers in the first.
Broussard's grand slam off Felix Diaz capped a five-run third.
With the bases loaded in the third, Broussard hit Diaz's first
pitch deep into the right-field stands.
"Anytime in that situation, you know the pitcher's trying to
get ahead, so you want to be ready to hit," Broussard said. "You
don't want to give him that pitch."
Diaz (1-3) gave up seven runs and six hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Hafner's RBI single in the sixth made it 8-0. After the White
Sox rallied, Blake led off the seventh with a home run off Jon
Valentin homered off Bobby Howry in the eighth to cut the
Chicago deficit to 9-8.
Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp hit RBI singles in the ninth off
Cliff Politte, and reliever Mike Jackson balked in another run.
^Notes:@ Broussard hit his first grand slam this season on June 23
against Mike Jackson. ... When batting with the bases loaded this
season, Broussard is 5-for-8 with two home runs and 17 RBI. ...
White Sox 3B Joe Crede didn't start for a third straight game. He
has just two hits in his last 21 at-bats. ... Lee was back in left
field for the White Sox. He was DH on Sunday after fouling a ball
of his knee on Saturday. ... Valentin's entered Monday's game in a