Series: Game 3 of 3

Chicago won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, May 20
Chicago 0Final
Boston 9
Game 2: Tuesday, May 21
Chicago 8Final
Boston 3
Game 3: Wednesday, May 22
Chicago 2Final
Boston 0

White Sox 2

(26-21, 11-14 away)

Red Sox 0

(30-13, 13-9 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 22, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    BOS 000000000 0 - -

    W: J. Garland (5-3)

    L: F. Castillo (2-5)

    S: K. Foulke (7)

    Garland, ChiSox hold on for Fenway shutout

    BOSTON (AP) -- Nobody was expecting a game like this from Jon Garland, not even Garland himself.

    Jon Garland

    "I was mad at myself in the bullpen, and I hadn't even faced a batter yet,'' he said Wednesday night after retiring 24 of the first 25 Boston batters to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 2-0 victory over the Red Sox.

    Garland (5-3) worked out his problems in his pregame warmups and produced the longest outing of his career, allowing only a fourth-inning double to Johnny Damon in the first eight innings.

    But he gave up singles to pinch-hitters Carlos Baerga and Jose Offerman to start the ninth before Keith Foulke got the last three outs for his seventh save.

    "We just ran into a hornets nest in Mr. Garland,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. "He just pitched one of the best games I've ever seen. And we just couldn't get anything going.''

    Garland, who has never pitched a complete game in the majors, struck out four and threw only 83 pitches. His previous low-hit performance was three hits in five innings when he picked up his fourth consecutive win on May 1.

    Since then, he had lost two consecutive decisions while his earned-run average ballooned from 2.76 to 5.98. With Wednesday's gem, it dropped back to 5.10.

    "That was probably as good as I've ever seen him,'' Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko said. "You could see the confidence growing as the game went on. ... I don't think he knows how good his pitches are.''

    Frank Castillo (2-5) gave up two runs and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out three and lost his third consecutive start -- his fourth in his last five games -- despite dropping his ERA from 3.88 to 3.64.

    "The record in no way reflects how the way he has pitched,'' Little said. "Sometimes it's just like that for pitchers.''

    Despite a 30-13 record that is one of the best starts in franchise history, the Red Sox begin a four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday just a game up on New York in the AL East.

    "I know there's some anticipation here, but you've still got to play the games,'' said White Sox manager Jerry Manuel, who added that he didn't think the Red Sox were looking past Chicago. "I wouldn't say the team, but the city. They were quiet and when they got riled up it was too late.''

    The Red Sox have lost two in a row, but Pedro Martinez (6-0) pitches the opener against the Yankees.

    "He's stopped a few two-game losing streaks for us,'' Damon said.

    The White Sox are tied with Minnesota for first place in the AL Central despite winning for just the fifth time in their last 13 games.

    Chicago made it 1-0 in the third when Royce Clayton singled, took third on Kenny Lofton's single and scored on Ray Durham's groundout. Durham singled to lead off the sixth, stole second and scored on Konerko's single through a drawn-in infield.

    Game notes

    Boston OF Rickey Henderson played in his 3,000th career game. His next ties Cal Ripken Jr. for seventh place on the all-time list. ... With his first-inning single, Konerko has reach base safely in 35 of his last 37 games. ... A girl in the stands was hit when Trot Nixon's bat flew out of his hands in the eighth inning. She stayed for the rest of the inning before leaving on her own. There was no official word on her condition. ... Durham was in a 1-for-21 slump before singling in his last two at-bats.

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