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 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."
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.