Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/11)

Game 1: Monday, June 10
New York 3Final
Chicago 1
Game 2: Tuesday, June 11
New York 8Final
Chicago 10
Game 3: Wednesday, June 12
New York 1Final
Chicago 2

Mets 8

(32-32, 18-19 away)

White Sox 10

(32-33, 21-16 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 11, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: T. Ritchie (4-8)

    L: J. D'Amico (4-5)

    S: A. Osuna (1)

    Tired of losing, White Sox celebrate Thomas' shot

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox are sick of losing, weary of trying to string runs together and waiting for things to turn around.

    Turns out all they needed was one big home run from Frank Thomas. A blast from the Big Hurt, and Chicago's dugout becomes party central.

    Thomas drove in four runs Tuesday night, including a three-run homer that loosened up the offense and sparked a 10-8 victory over the New York Mets. It was only the fourth victory in 16 games for Chicago.

    "A couple of us have been giving him a hard time and tonight he responded,'' said Tony Graffanino, who drove in two runs. "Next thing you know, we're jumping around the dugout.''

    Paul Konerko homered twice for the second time in his career, and Magglio Ordonez added a solo shot for the White Sox. Todd Ritchie (4-8) gave up six runs and 11 hits, but got enough help from the offense and bullpen to snap his six-game losing streak and win for the first time in more than a month.

    The Mets scored a pair of runs in the ninth, but Antonio Osuna got the last out for his first save since July 1, 1998.

    Timo Perez matched his career high with four hits and Mike Piazza drove in two runs, including an RBI single that sparked a three-run rally in the seventh. But it wasn't enough to overcome Jeff D'Amico's rough outing.

    D'Amico (4-5) lasted only 3 1/3 innings, his shortest start since going three innings Sept. 30, 2001. He allowed seven runs and four hits, walking three while striking out just one. Of the 68 pitches he threw, only 37 were for strikes.

    "I never saw Jeff miss that much,'' Mets manager Bobby Valentine said. "He didn't have his command tonight. Usually I see him give up a hit or two, but I never see him be that far out of the zone.''

    The White Sox have the weapons to be an offensive powerhouse. They've reached double-digits in runs 11 times, including twice in their last three games.

    But in their current slump, getting a couple of runs has been a challenge.

    "We're way too good a team to keep swinging the way we have been,'' Graffanino said.

    One swing from Thomas changed all that. Trailing 2-0 with two on and two outs in the second, Thomas homered into Chicago's bullpen on a 2-2 pitch from D'Amico.

    He added another RBI in the fourth for his first four-RBI game since Sept. 11, 2000.

    "Hitting's contagious,'' Thomas said. "When no one's hitting, it's very easy to give away at-bats. It seemed like everybody got locked in and got focused.''

    And the White Sox piled on from there. Konerko led off the fourth with a solo homer. Ray Durham and Carlos Lee each singled, and D'Amico loaded the bases when he plunked Mark Johnson with a pitch on the right elbow.

    Satoru Komiyama relieved, but his luck wasn't much better as Kenny Lofton hit a sacrifice fly. Graffanino followed with a two-run double, and Thomas' RBI single made it 8-2.

    Konerko and Ordonez added back-to-back homers in the seventh.

    ''(Thomas) loosened us up,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "We were down a couple of runs and to get a three-run homer, that lifted the weight from some of the guys.''

    The Mets weren't about to let the White Sox off that easy, though. Piazza hit an RBI single to knock out Ritchie and start a three-run rally.

    Keith Foulke, who has lost his closing job while he tries to work out his problems on the mound, relieved Ritchie and gave up an RBI single to Jeromy Burnitz. Pinch-hitter Tony Tarasco singled to load the bases, and that was enough for Foulke.

    "We'll keep him pitching,'' Manuel said. "With some consistency, he'll get better.''

    Kelly Wunsch got the White Sox out of the jam, getting Mo Vaughn to ground into a double play. A run scored to pull the Mets within 8-6, but Joe McEwing popped up to end the inning.

    The Mets added two more runs in the ninth off Bob Howry, but Osuna -- the fifth Chicago pitcher -- struck out pinch-hitter Roberto Alomar to end the game.

    Now the White Sox just need to find a way to keep this little roll going.

    "We can't worry about that,'' Thomas said. "We got the victory tonight and it was a big one.''

    Game notes


    Konerko's other two-homer game was July 22, 1999. ... Perez also had four hits June 12, 2001, against Baltimore. ... Alomar didn't start because of a sprained left knee. ... Durham, batting seventh for the first time since 1995, was 2-for-4 ... Ritchie's six-game losing streak was his longest since losing eight straight to start the 2001 season.

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