CHICAGO (AP) -- The White Sox appear to breaking out of their
The AL Central-leading White Sox have won back-to-back games for
the first time since Sept. 6-7, the end of a seven-game winning
streak. After leading by 15 games on Aug. 1, they entered Saturday
night's game with a 1½-game lead over second-place Cleveland, which
played at Kansas City.
Garcia (13-8) won for just the second time in 10 starts,
striking out two and walking two. Garcia had pitched his best game
of the season against the Twins on Aug. 23, losing a one-hitter 1-0
in the Metrodome on Jacque Jones' leadoff homer in the eighth.
Luis Vizcaino completed the five-hitter. A night earlier, Jose
Contreras pitched a six-hitter for his first major league complete
Joe Mays (6-10) allowed six runs and nine hits in two-plus
innings. He won his first six decisions against the White Sox but
is 2-5 against them since.
Tadahito Iguchi matched a career high with four hits, and
Chicago finished with 14 hits.
Scott Podsednik doubled to start the bottom half, moved to third
on Iguchi's bunt single and scored the tiebreaking run on A.J.
Pierzynski's RBI double.
Paul Konerko hit a run-scoring single, and Dye homered to reach
30 for the second time in his major league career, the first since
2000 with Kansas City. Two outs later, Crede hit a solo homer off
reliever Matt Guerrier.
Pierzynski's third-inning double gave him his
first RBI against his former team in 52 at-bats this season. ...
The Twins have grounded into at least one double play in 15
straight games. They had three more Saturday night and lead the
majors. ... Plate umpire Lance Barksdale was hit in the neck by
Ford's bat when Ford couldn't hold onto the bat while swinging at a
sixth-inning pitch. Play was delayed for several minutes as White
Sox trainer Herm Schneider attended to Barksdale, who stayed in the
game. ... The crowd of 37,699 was the 18th home sellout of the
season for the White Sox.