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A.L. CENTRAL Riske torched in 10th as Tribe tumbles


Published: Wed, September 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


Cleveland also lost ground to the Yankees in the wild-card chase.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Crede hit two homers, including a game-winning shot leading off the 10th inning, and the Chicago White Sox stopped their slide Tuesday night with a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Chicago increased its lead in the AL Central to 3 1/2 games, snapping the Indians' six-game winning streak and sending them to only their second loss in 15 games. The three-game series ends tonight.
Crede turned on a 1-0 pitch from David Riske (3-4), sending it an estimated 422 feet to left for his 19th homer. It was the fifth game-ending homer of Crede's career and his first since last September against Kansas City.
Dustin Hermanson (2-4) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.
The White Sox scored three runs in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, but Cleveland tied it against Bobby Jenks in the ninth.
Indians' big hitters
Aaron Boone hit a two-run homer for the Indians, and Travis Hafner and Casey Blake added solo shots. Coco Crisp had three hits.
Cleveland, which rallied for a 7-5 victory Monday, appeared poised for its seventh straight win after the top of the seventh.
Blake hit a 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence leading off the inning for his 22nd homer, chasing White Sox starter Mark Buehrle, and Hafner added an RBI double off Neal Cotts to make it 5-3. After Victor Martinez was walked intentionally to load the bases, Cliff Politte relieved, and Ronnie Belliard ended the threat with a double-play grounder.
A White Sox team that led the division by 15 games on Aug. 1 but had lost eight of 11 didn't go away.
Carl Everett's double off the right-field wall chased Indians starter Jake Westbrook with one out in the seventh.
Gave away the lead
Bob Howry relieved, and the Indians unraveled. After Paul Konerko walked, A.J. Pierzynski drove in Everett with a double to the right-field corner, and the Indians walked Jermaine Dye intentionally to load the bases.
Aaron Rowand sent a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Konerko with the tying run. Cleveland first baseman Jose Hernandez cut off the throw home and threw wildly to third for an error, allowing Pierzynski to score for a 6-5 White Sox lead.
Jenks relieved in the ninth and blew his second save chance in two nights. He walked Jhonny Peralta leading off the inning and allowed Martinez's RBI double to center with one out on a ball that Rowand misjudged.
Konerko and Pierzynski singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth, and Cleveland's David Riske hit Rowand in the back with a pitch to load the bases with two outs. But Juan Uribe flied to right.
Buehrle allowed four runs and seven hits and tied a season high by allowing three homers. He left after Blake's homer leading off the seventh and did not figure in the decision.
Nor did Westbrook, who allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Notes
Belliard was back in the lineup after missing four games with an abdominal injury. "I feel like I'm almost 100 percent," he said. "I wanted to take a shot." Belliard was batting .285 with 14 homers and 70 RBIs and had a .980 fielding percentage -- fifth among AL second baseman -- entering the game. ... Buehrle allowed three homers in a win over Kansas City on May 3.


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