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Konerko's homers, Garland's pitching power White Sox



Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a three-run homer for Cleveland in the 10-8 loss.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Konerko homered twice and Jon Garland pitched six innings to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 10-8 Saturday night.

Garland yielded five hits and one run for his 17th victory, tying Minnesota's Johan Santana and the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang for the major league lead. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

Juan Uribe and Jermaine Dye also homered and Tadahito Iguchi had three hits for the White Sox, who stayed a half-game behind Minnesota in the AL wild-card race and moved within 31/2 games of the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Tribe closes gap

Garland (17-4) left with a 10-1 lead but the Indians battled back with a seven-run seventh inning. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a three-run homer for Cleveland, his third of the season.

Matt Thornton got one out for his second save in five opportunities. Chicago did not use closer Bobby Jenks, who has blown his last two save opportunities.

Before the game, the Indians learned that designated hitter Travis Hafner will miss the rest of the season with a broken right hand. Hafner tied a major league record with six grand slams this season. He hit .308 with 42 home runs and 117 RBIs.

The White Sox had a brief scare in the sixth inning when Dye made a running catch into the right-field fence. Dye, went down for a minute, but after speaking with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and a team trainer, stayed in the game.

Indians starter Fausto Carmona (1-9) gave up a single to Iguchi and walked Jim Thome in the first inning. Konerko, coming off a four-hit night on Friday, hit Carmona's 2-0 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. It was Konerko's 31st of the season.

In the first three games of the series, Konerko is 8-for-13 with two home runs and six RBIs.

With two outs in the second inning, Scott Podsednik singled up the middle and stole second and Iguchi followed with an RBI single.

Dye hit a run-scoring triple and Thome followed with an RBI single in the fourth inning off reliever Brian Slocum, giving the White Sox a 7-1 lead.

It was Carmona's first start in the majors since being demoted after serving as the Indians' closer for a brief stretch. In a six-day span from July 31-Aug. 5, Carmona blew all three of his save opportunities, allowing seven runs and five hits -- including two game-ending homers.

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HBP--by Garland (Inglett). WP--Carmona, Slocum. Umpires--Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Sam Holbrook; Second, Randy Marsh; Third, Chris Guccione. T--3:22. A--38,422.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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