Chicago 5, Cleveland 3

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen would rather have given his
closer a night off, but Shingo Takatsu got the Chicago White Sox
out of a big jam.

Takatsu struck out Matt Lawton with two on and two outs to
preserve the White Sox's 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on
Saturday night.

"When you are up by four in the ninth, you don't want to bring
in your closer," Guillen said. "But we had to go to him and he
did the job. He stopped them."

Takatsu got two outs for his 13th save in 14 chances after Jon
Adkins gave up consecutive one-out homers to Casey Blake and Ben
Broussard in the ninth.

His only blown save came Aug. 7 at Chicago, when Lawton hit a
three-run homer in the ninth for a 6-5 Cleveland win.

Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer and Jose Contreras had
another strong start for Chicago, which tied the Indians for second
place in the AL Central.

It was Chicago's third victory in 10 games and second in three
nights over Cleveland, which has lost 11 of 13.

Contreras (12-6) waited out a 2-hour, 46-minute rain delay at
the start and then baffled the Indians with an assortment of
off-speed pitches for 6 2-3 innings. He gave up one run and six
hits, striking out six in improving to 4-1 in six starts since
being acquired from the New York Yankees on July 31.

"I didn't feel comfortable at the beginning," Contreras said.
"Then I started throwing strikes and did OK."

Juan Uribe put the White Sox ahead with a two-out RBI single in
Chicago's four-run fifth off Cliff Lee (10-6).

Joe Crede lofted a one-out fly ball to left that fell between
shortstop Omar Vizquel and left fielder Matt Lawton for a double.
Crede went to third on Joe Borchard's flyout to right. After Aaron
Rowand walked, Uribe hit an 0-2 pitch up the middle to score Crede.

Konerko then hit a 1-2 pitch the opposite way for his 32nd homer
and a 4-0 lead.

"The ball always carries well to right field here," Konerko
said. "I hit it pretty good, but not that good. I wasn't sure it
was going out."

Lee thought he had Konerko struck out two pitches before serving
up a high fastball, and told plate umpire Alfonso Marquez so.

"It was a strike," Lee said. "It was called a ball, but it
was a strike. I went back and looked at the video.

"I had a couple pitches not called my way in a crucial point in
the game. He missed the calls, but what can I do?"

Indians manager Eric Wedge said the left-hander must try to
maintain focus when that happens.

"He has to put his emotions in the right direction," Wedge

The White Sox made it 5-0 in the sixth. Ross Gload drew a
leadoff walk and went to third on a double to right-center by Ben
Davis that center fielder Coco Crisp got his glove on with a leap
at the wall, but couldn't hold.

One out later, Crede singled through a drawn-in infield to score
Gload, but Davis was thrown out at the plate by Lawton.

Lee gave up five runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings. The
left-hander is 0-5 with a 9.50 ERA in eight starts since July 16
after starting the season 10-1.

Blake's two-out RBI single got Cleveland within 5-1 in the
sixth. Then, with runners on second and third, Contreras struck out

Contreras went 3-0 in his first four starts for Chicago until
giving up five runs and walking a career-high seven in a 7-0 loss
to Detroit on Monday.

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, the Indians' No. 1 pick in 2002,
made his major league debut, pitching a scoreless ninth.

Game notes
The rainstorm cut short festivities honoring the 50th
anniversary of Cleveland's 1954 AL champions. Instead of a big
pregame ceremony, 1954 players Bob Feller, Bobby Avila, Rudy
Regalado and Hal Naragon rode around the warning track in 1950's
vintage cars as film clips were shown on the scoreboard. ...
Konerko matched his career high in homers, set in 2001. He's
5-for-14 (.357) with two homers and five RBI in his career against
Lee. ... Rowand went 0-for-1 with two walks, ending his hitting
streak at 11 games. He also was hit by a pitch and made an error in
center. ... Contreras is 12-2 in 16 starts when pitching six or
more innings.