Belliard's three-run homer helps Tribe win

CLEVELAND (AP) -- This is the way C.C. Sabathia expects to pitch.

Sabathia struck out 11 in six innings and Ronnie Belliard hit a
three-run homer to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Chicago
White Sox 6-3 Friday night.

"I was a different guy out there," said Sabathia, who was 3-4
with a 6.14 ERA in his previous seven outings since July 22. "I
don't know who that other guy was."

The Indians staked Sabathia to a 5-0 lead and won for just the
second time in 12 games.

"It was great to get those runs, any pitcher likes that," he

The White Sox lost their seventh in nine games and fell one game
back of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central.

Sabathia (10-8) tied a career high for strikeouts and won for
the first time in three starts. He gave up five hits and two walks
and was in command except for a three-run fourth inning by Chicago.

"They just hit some good pitches that inning," said Sabathia,
who admitted that he had been his own worst enemy of late.

"I had been letting my emotions get to me when I was giving up
runs," he said. "Tonight, I just tried to make good pitches and
get out of it."

The 24-year-old left-hander became the first Indians pitcher to
win 10 or more games in his first four seasons since Luis Tiant did
it for five years, 1964-68.

Rafael Betancourt and Bob Howry each worked a scoreless inning
for Cleveland. Bob Wickman allowed two hits in the ninth but earned
his seventh save in eight chances.

Jason Grilli (0-1) was called up by the White Sox from Triple-A
Charlotte to start in place of Freddy Garcia, who has a strained
right forearm.

The Indians gave the right-hander a rude welcome with a five-run
first inning.

Grilli, who pitched in seven games for the Florida Marlins in
2000 and 2001, walked the first two batters he faced in the AL --
Matt Lawton and Omar Vizquel.

"I wasn't nervous, but I think I tried to force things,"
Grilli said.

Two outs later, Ben Broussard walked to load the bases and Coco
Crisp followed with a two-run single.

Belliard then hit a 1-0 pitch to left for a three-run homer and
a 5-0 lead.

"I don't even know what kind of pitch I hit," said Belliard,
who has hit five of his seven homers against the White Sox. "I
just saw it and swung hard. When I hit a home run, it is just me
getting lucky."

Juan Uribe had a two-run triple and scored on a single by Ross
Gload to make it 5-3 in the Chicago fourth. Sabathia walked one and
hit Carl Everett with a pitch to fuel the rally, but quickly
regained command.

"C.C. tried to be a little too fine in that inning," Indians
manager Eric Wedge said. "But he found a way to stop it and moved
on from there."

Lawton singled to open the Cleveland fifth, went all the way to
third on a wild pickoff attempt by Grilli, and scored on a
sacrifice fly by Vizquel to make it 6-3.

"I think he did OK," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of
Grilli, who gave up five earned runs and five hits in five innings.
He walked three and struck out three.

"If you look in the paper and see his line you wouldn't think
he pitched that good," Guillen continued. "He settled down and
kept us in the game. He'll get another start."

Game notes
It was Sabathia's fourth game of 11 strikeouts and first
since Sept. 28, 2001, vs. Minnesota. ... Sabathia is 8-2 in 12
career starts against the White Sox. ... Chicago CF Aaron Rowand
went 2-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He also
stole second, making opponents 15-for-21 in steal attempts against
Sabathia this year. ... White Sox 1B Paul Konerko went 0-for-2
against Sabathia and is 4-for-31 (.129) in his career against him.
... The Indians have 703 runs in 130 games, four more than they
scored all of last season.