Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chicago leads 1-0 (as of 4/16)

Game 1: Tuesday, April 16
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Chicago 10
Game 2: Wednesday, April 17
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Chicago 7
Game 3: Thursday, April 18
Cleveland 1Final
Chicago 7

Indians 5

(11-2, 5-2 away)

White Sox 10

(8-5, 4-1 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 16, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: D. Marte (1-0)

    L: C. Finley (1-1)

    Finley gives up eight earned runs

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians knew their hot streak wasn't going to last all season.

    But they sure didn't expect it to end this way.

    Chuck Finley
    Finley

    Chuck Finley gave up nine runs -- eight of them earned -- and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings Tuesday night as the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians 10-5, snapping Cleveland's 10-game winning streak.

    "Everybody kind of said we're going to lose eventually," said Finley, whose ERA soared from 0.00 to 10.57. "Obviously, I didn't want it to be this way, where we get pounded in the second inning and pushed back to the seat so quickly.

    "It was just one of those nights where I just threw a lot of bad pitches."

    And the White Sox seemed to do damage with every one of them. Magglio Ordonez hit a grand slam to cap a nine-run second inning for Chicago, which has won six of seven and is off to its best start since 1994.

    Royce Clayton added a two-run homer, and Sandy Alomar Jr. had a two-run single. Tony Graffanino was the only Chicago hitter who didn't reach base in the inning.

    "Up and down the lineup, it was pretty impressive," Clayton said. "It wasn't one guy that hurt him. It was a concerted effort on everybody's part."

    Ordonez finished the night 3-for-4, reaching base in every at-bat. Kenny Lofton was 1-for-5 against his old team, but he had a beautiful catch in the fourth inning that robbed Cleveland of at least one run.

    "They've been playing good. We've been playing good, too," Ordonez said. "It's going to be a battle on the field."

    With an 11-1 record, Cleveland had the best record in the majors and was off to its fastest start since opening the 1966 season 14-1.

    But that came to an end in the hurry in the second. Finley (1-1) retired only one of the first 10 batters he faced, and that was on Graffanino's sacrifice bunt. After Clayton's two-run homer, he took a ball on the left hip when former teammate Lofton's liner went right back to the mound.

    He came close to hitting Frank Thomas a few times, and loaded the bases when he finally walked Thomas. Then Ordonez sent a 2-2 pitch screaming to right-center, and fans could tell it was a grand slam as soon as it left his bat.

    It was Ordonez's second homer of the year and his fifth career grand slam.

    "I was hoping since it was so early in the game that he would get it back and settle in," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "Even with the bases loaded, I thought 6-1 or something like that. But he didn't do it and the guy hit a grand slam and put the game out of reach."

    Finley finally did get an out, retiring Paul Konerko. He was relieved by David Riske, and the raucous Chicago crowd mocked him with a standing ovation as he walked toward the dugout.

    "When you consistently pitch up in the strike zone, you are asking for trouble," Finley said. "That's exactly what happened. I couldn't get my fastball down."

    As bad as the outing was, though, it wasn't Finley's worst. He gave up eight runs and nine hits in one inning last May 17 at Texas, his shortest start in almost 10 years. Two starts later, he gave up eight runs in one inning against the Tigers.

    "This is his second time out in two weeks. He needs to pitch," Manuel said of Finley, who skipped his first start after his wife allegedly assaulted him.

    "He just had a bad inning -- we had a bad inning."

    The rest of the Indians weren't so sharp, either. Cleveland's bullpen, best in the American League, gave up its first run in 19 innings. The offense managed five runs, but three came in the fifth inning, when the game was already out of reach.

    White Sox rookie Jon Rauch didn't get the victory in his first major league start, lifted in the fifth after throwing 89 pitches. Damaso Marte (1-0) got the victory by allowing one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings.

    Rauch had a solid outing, allowing three runs and three hits, and the crowd booed when they saw White Sox manager Jerry Manuel head for the mound.

    "I was booing me, too," Manuel said, laughing. "We had a very Chicago-like crowd tonight. A lot of fights, booing the manager, carrying on. That was good."

    Game notes


    The nine runs were the most scored in one inning by the White Sox since Sept. 3, 2000, when they scored nine in the first against Anaheim. ... Brady Anderson's single in the fourth inning broke an 0-for-20 slump. ... Rauch tripped going down the dugout steps after the first inning, but he was fine. ... The crowd of 23,502 included 13,200 walk-ups.

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