Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Cleveland won 3-1

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 6

(64-78, 30-41 away)

White Sox 7

(69-74, 40-32 home)

    2:05 PM ET, September 8, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CLE 010122000 6 - -
    CWS 200010004 7 - -

    W: A. Osuna (8-2)

    L: D. Baez (10-11)

    White Sox score four in ninth against Baez

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Frank Thomas is letting his bat do his talking right now.

    After hitting the game-winning single for Chicago, Joe Crede is greeted by his White Sox teammates.

    Thomas hit a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth and Joe Crede added a game-winning single as the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

    Thomas has not talked to the media since July 7 because he is upset by the way the media treated him while he was benched by manager Jerry Manuel.

    ''It's been a tough year for Frank and really for the rest of the team,'' Manuel said. ''To see him come through in that fashion was not only big for the outcome of the game, but I think that was big for Frank. I am sure he hears the boos and the discontent in the fans.''

    New Indians closer Danys Baez (10-11) couldn't protect a three-run lead in the ninth and blew his first save of the season.

    ''You learn everyday, whether you're in the closer position or the starting position or whatever. I have to learn a lot,'' Baez said.

    Baez's meltdown cost starter Terry Mulholland a victory.

    Clayton gets his release,
    hopes to help others
    CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox placed shortstop Royce Clayton on waivers Sunday for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

    Clayton was acquired in a trade from Texas on Dec. 14, 2000. Clayton batted .251 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 112 games with the White Sox this year. He has appeared in just six of the club's last 25 games since Aug. 10.

    With only three weeks left Clayton is hoping he could help someone else out.

    ''It was for the best. I wasn't playing here,'' Clayton said. ''There are a couple of weeks left. Maybe I could help somebody else.''

    -- The Associated Press

    ''Nobody's immune to having bad days in this game and he just had a bad day where he came in and sometimes that baseball is like a foreign object like you never picked one up before and he came into the dugout and apologized to me,'' Mulholland said.

    Baez walked the first two batters of the ninth -- pinch-hitter Jose Valentin and Willie Harris -- but retired the next two batters before Thomas hit a full-count pitch over the left-field wall for his 24th homer of the season.

    Magglio Ordonez followed with a walk, Paul Konerko was hit by a pitch and Carlos Lee walked to load the bases. Crede singled a 1-2 pitch to right to win the game.

    ''When I had two strikes on me I changed my mental approach to the at-bat. I was thinking more of hitting a single as opposed to hitting the ball hard somewhere,'' Crede said.

    On Aug. 27 against Toronto, Crede hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth and a grand slam in the 10th to lead Chicago.

    ''That was something that was in the back of my mind. But this one was just as special.''

    Antonio Osuna (8-2) pitched the ninth for the victory. The White Sox snapped Cleveland's four-game winning streak, while breaking their own four-game losing streak.

    Bill Selby and Karim Garcia homered, and Josh Bard drove in three runs to help the Indians take a 6-3 lead.

    Mulholland gave up three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

    ''You've got to tip your hat to the White Sox. They didn't give up and Frank did his damage. In here we are going home with the loss instead of the win,'' Mulholland said.

    Ordonez drove in his 116th run of the season on a double in the first, then scored on Konerko's single to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead. Thomas added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

    White Sox starter Rocky Biddle gave up four runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

    Game notes


    Garcia has hit safely in 14 of the past 15 games. He is now 23-for-62 (.371) with seven home runs and 24 RBI in that span. ... Thome has reached base in his last 37 games -- the longest active streak in the majors. ... Coming into this homestand, Ordonez was in an 0-for-20 slump. He broke out during the four-game series, going 7-for-18 with a home run and three doubles. ... Thomas has hit 20 of his 24 homers at Comiskey Park.

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