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Garcia slams, Thome homers as Tribe rolls

9/6/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- Karim Garcia is just happy to get the chance to
be playing.

Garcia hit a grand slam and Jim Thome added a two-run homer as
the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-6 on
Thursday night.

"I'm happy to have the opportunity to play every day here and
help out this team,'' said Garcia, who was called up from the
minors Aug. 6. "Right now Cleveland is my home. We'll talk over
the winter and see what happens.''

Trailing 3-2, the Indians took the lead with a six-run fifth
inning. John McDonald singled and White Sox starter Gary Glover
(7-7) gave up back-to-back walks to Milton Bradley and Omar Vizquel
to load the bases. Ellis Burks chased Glover out of the game with a
two-run single to give the Indians a 4-3 lead.

The White Sox had a chance to get out of the inning with a
double play but shortstop Jose Valentin bobbled Thome's grounder,
allowing all runners to advance safely and load the bases for
Garcia.

"You are supposed to make those plays like that,'' Valentin
said. "I didn't do the job in that situation and it cost us the
game.''

Mike Porzio relieved and allowed Garcia's third career grand
slam, making the score 8-3.

Josh Bard hit a two-run homer and McDonald added a solo shot,
the first of his career, as Cleveland extended the lead to 11-4 in
the eighth inning.

Ricardo Rodriguez (2-1), making his fourth career start for
Cleveland, allowed four runs and five hits in five innings to earn
the win.

D'Angelo Jimenez led-off the first with a single and Rodriguez
walked Carlos Lee. Magglio Ordonez followed with a three-run homer,
breaking out of a 0-for-20 slump to make it 3-0.

Rodriguez was looking for help and he got it from Thome.

Burks singled in the fourth inning and Thome hit his 43rd homer
of the season to cut the White Sox lead to 3-2.

"He got us back in the ballgame and gave our young pitcher a
chance to get back in the groove,'' Indians manager Joel Skinner
said. "It helps the lineup relax a little bit when he goes out and
gets a big hit like that.''

Konerko added an RBI single in the sixth and Josh Paul hit a
two-run single in the eighth.

Glover allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Game notes
Cleveland OF Matt Lawton missed the game with a left
shoulder strain. ... Frank Thomas had the night off for Chicago.
... Bradley made an over the head catch on the warning track in
center field to rob Paul of an extra-base hit in the sixth. ...
Thome has reached base safely in 35 straight games, the longest
active streak in the majors.