CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Borchard set a small crowd abuzz with the
longest homer in the 14-year history of U.S. Cellular Field.
But some small ball -- a bunt and aggressive baserunning by Timo
Perez -- were just as big Monday in helping the Chicago White Sox
beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 in a wild interleague makeup
"I just put my head down and started running. I could feel it
was going a long way. I didn't know how far it would go," Borchard
The second-inning drive to right-center off Brett Myers cleared
the bleachers and landed in the middle of a concourse -- an
estimated 504 feet from the plate. The previous longest homer at
the ballpark that opened in 1991 as new Comiskey Park, was a
495-foot shot by Frank Thomas two years ago against the Twins.
"Complete shock," Borchard said after learning of his feat.
"He crushed it," Myers said. "It definitely was an impressive
"I think Timo caught David Bell back and actually over a little
bit in the hole. It was a good move on his part," Rowand said. "I
had a feeling he might try it. We were thinking along the same
lines and it worked out."
Rowand made it 9-6 in the eighth with his 20th homer, a two-run
shot off Todd Jones.
Earlier in the game, Perez got caught in a rundown but scored
when he knocked the ball out of Bell's glove at third and then
"I never had that happen before," Bell said. "I should have
had two hands on it or got a better grip."
So, Bell was in the center of two of the game's pivotal plays on
a rather manic Monday.
"When games like that happen and you win, it's OK. But you
lose, it's kind of frustrating. You think of things you could have
done differently," Bell said.
"It was a good bunt and I yelled probably a little too late and
he (Hernandez) already committed. I think either one of us would
have had a chance to throw him out, but I think I just let him know
The game was a makeup of a June 10 rainout and the White Sox's
victory clinched interleague bragging rights for the AL this
"There was some weird stuff happening today, weird defensive
plays, some on our part, some on their part," Myers said.
After Borchard's homer put the White Sox up 3-2, the Phillies
came right back with three runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead.
Jason Michaels homered, Bell had an RBI double, and Placido Polanco
had a sacrifice fly.
Tomas Perez added a solo shot in the fourth for a 6-3 lead.
Chicago narrowed it to 6-5 in the fifth on an RBI single by Carl
Everett and the error on Bell when Perez knocked the ball out of
his glove. The rundown began when Everett went too far past first,
and the Phillies eventually threw home to try and get Perez.
Myers gave up eight hits and five runs -- four earned -- in five
innings. Buehrle yielded nine hits and six runs in six innings.
The Phillies opened the scoring with two in the second on Marlon
Byrd's RBI single and a throwing error by second baseman Juan
The teams split the first two games of the June series
while combining for 48 runs, 17 homers and 33 extra-base hits. ...
White Sox LF Carlos Lee sat out with a sore groin. ... The Phillies
just finished the first three games of an eight-game homestand,
flew to Chicago for the makeup on their charter and were scheduled
to go right back home to play Atlanta and the Mets. ... Paid
attendance was just 5,747, but there were several more thousand
fans in the stands because season ticket holders were given comps.
... Borchard struck out three straight times after his homer. He's
batting just .163 and getting a chance to play every day with
Magglio Ordonez out for the season.