Series: Game 1 of 4

Cleveland leads 1-0 (as of 9/5)

Game 1: Thursday, September 5
Cleveland 11Final
Chicago 6
Game 2: Friday, September 6
Cleveland 9Final
Chicago 7
Game 3: Saturday, September 7
Cleveland 4Final
Chicago 2
Game 4: Sunday, September 8
Cleveland 6Final
Chicago 7

Indians 11

(62-77, 28-40 away)

White Sox 6

(68-72, 39-30 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 5, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CWS 300001020 6 - -

    W: R. Rodriguez (2-1)

    L: G. Glover (7-7)

    Garcia slams, Thome homers as Tribe rolls

    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.

    Karim Garcia
    Right Field
    Cleveland Indians
    30 9 35 17 0 .328

    "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.

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