Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 8/5)

Game 1: Friday, August 2
Chicago 8Final
in 12
Tampa Bay 5
Game 2: Saturday, August 3
Chicago 2Final
Tampa Bay 6
Game 3: Sunday, August 4
Chicago 3Final
Tampa Bay 10
Game 4: Monday, August 5
Chicago 4Final
Tampa Bay 3

White Sox 4

(53-60, 23-37 away)

Devil Rays 3

(37-74, 23-36 home)

    2:15 PM ET, August 5, 2002

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    W: K. Foulke (2-4)

    L: E. Yan (5-6)

    S: D. Marte (4)

    Johnson delivers winning shot in ninth

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- More baserunning mistakes didn't stop the Chicago White Sox.

    Mark Johnson hit a tiebreaking triple in the ninth inning Monday to lead the White Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-3.

    After Joe Crede had a one-out single off Esteban Yan (5-6), Johnson tripled into the right-field corner.

    Keith Foulke (2-4) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Damaso Marte pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.

    Two days after Frank Thomas was thrown out at the plate trying to score standing up, Chicago's Aaron Rowand was nearly tagged out at third base without sliding on his first career triple in the sixth. He was thrown out by third baseman Jared Sandberg sliding at the plate on Magglio Ordonez's one-out grounder.

    "I should have told him to slide,'' White Sox third base coach Wallace Johnson said of Rowand. "He slowed up the last couple of steps, but if I got him sliding, he's easily in there.''

    Rowand jarred his neck after a headfirst slide on a pickoff attempt and left the game one inning later.

    The White Sox had another runner thrown out during a two-run, eighth that tied it at 3.

    With two runners on and no outs, Willie Harris was out at the plate after a pitch by Jesus Colome went to the backstop.

    "It's been one thing after another,'' Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "There's been a proliferation of things.''

    Tony Graffanino scored on Yan's wild pitch before Paul Konerko tied it with an RBI single.

    "When things aren't going well, your aggressiveness seems like it's stupid or dumb baserunning,'' Johnson said. "But you can't stop being aggressive.''

    Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer for the Devil Rays, who split the four-game series. Tampa Bay (0-7-4) has not won a series since June 28-30 against Florida.

    White Sox starter Jon Garland, who retired his last 11 batters, gave up three runs and three hits in seven innings. He had a career-high eight strikeouts and two walks.

    After Garland's first three batters got hits, he allowed just two more runners -- both on walks.

    "After that first inning, we really jumped him pretty good on the bench and he responded,'' Manuel said.

    Garland said he left the ball over the plate in the first.

    "I just made a few adjustments warming up, and it seemed to turn me around,'' Garland said.

    Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano gave up one run and four hits in his first major league start. He had gone 4-4 with a 7.21 earned-run average in 31 relief appearances.

    Devil Rays manager Hal McRae said Zambrano will get another start.

    "I really think I can be a starter,'' Zambrano said. "I'd like to be a starter.''

    Huff put the Devil Rays ahead with a three-run, first-inning homer that followed consecutive singles by Randy Winn and Felix Escalona. He has 12 homers in 248 at-bats this season after hitting eight in 411 at-bats last year.

    "You're thinking, in the first inning you get three runs, the way we've been swinging lately, you figure we'll get a few more,'' Huff said.

    Ordonez hit his 24th homer, an opposite field solo shot in the second. He has 135 homers with White Sox, tying for seventh in team history with Minnie Minoso.

    Game notes

    Tampa Bay activated LHP Wilson Alvarez (left elbow) from the 15-day disabled list and optioned RHP Luis De Los Santos to Triple-A Durham. ... Ordonez has nine homers in his past 17 games. ... Chicago 1B Paul Konerko went 5-for-18 with one RBI in the four-game series. After having 71 RBI at the All-Star break, he has just nine since. ... White Sox SS Jose Valentin was back in the lineup after missing three games with a stiff neck. ... Zambrano is the 10th Devil Rays' pitcher to start a game this season. He made six minor league starts, including four for Orlando in 1999. ... Garland allowed 24 runs in 27 innings in his previous five starts.

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