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Alomar, Everett combine for one hit in debuts

7/3/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Roberto Alomar is having fun now.

Alomar scored the winning run in his White Sox debut, trotting
home on Frank Thomas' second homer of the game to lift Chicago over
the Minnesota Twins 8-6 in 12 innings Wednesday night.

Pinch-hitter Paul Konerko hit a tying, solo homer with two outs
in the 11th for the White Sox. Then in the 12th, Alomar walked with
one out and Thomas homered with two outs.

"It is great when you are playing the game for something,
that's why you play the game of baseball, you try to win and you
try to get to the pennant," Alomar said.

"Now that we are playing for something I think it is a lot of
fun," he said.

Alomar went 1-for-5 in the leadoff spot, a day after the White
Sox got the 12-time All-Star second baseman from the New York Mets
for three minor leaguers.

Alomar dropped Torii Hunter's line drive in the third inning,
resulting in an error. But Alomar made a nice backhanded stab and
flip on Corey Koskie's grounder to start a double play in the
ninth.

Carl Everett, obtained Tuesday night from Texas for minor
leaguers, was 0-for-4 for Chicago.

Thomas praised White Sox general manager Ken Williams.

"That was awesome. Kenny went out and made two very big moves
and showed he's serious about winning," Thomas said. "I'm 35. You
never know when you're going to get another chance. I'm definitely
going to go out and give everything I've got the rest of the
season. There's no easy outs in this lineup now."

The resurgent White Sox completed a three-game sweep, winning
for the sixth time in seven games and reaching the .500 mark at
42-42. Minnesota has lost five of seven.

Eddie Guardado (1-3) walked Alomar in the 12th and one batter
later, Thomas ended an 11-pitch at-bat with a two-run homer to
left.

"I gave him everything I got," said Guardado. "He kept on
fouling everything I had. When you face a good hitter like him,
things like that that happen."

Billy Koch (5-4) pitched the 12th to get the victory.

Luis Rivas hit a two-out triple in the Twins' 11th, with the
ball sailing over Everett's head in center field. Bobby Kielty
followed with his fourth hit, an RBI single that made it 6-5.

Konerko's shot off Guardado made it 6-all. It was Konerko's
first career pinch-hit homer, and the first for the White Sox this
season.

"The bad thing about the whole thing is I let my team down
because we battled today like crazy," Guardado said.

Konerko was in a 4-for-41 slump before hitting his first homer
since May 21. The crowd began chanting his name, prompting Konerko
to tip his hat to the fans.

"I'm just searching for anything to help the team, that where
I'm at right now," said Konerko.

The White Sox had a chance to win the game in the 10th. Alomar
singled with one out off J.C. Romero and pinch-hitter Tony
Graffanino also singled. Romero then walked Thomas to load the
bases, but shortstop Cristian Guzman made a diving stop on Magglio
Ordonez's ground ball and started a double play.

Trailing early, the White Sox came back to tie it and take the
lead.

"We were down 4-0, and no one panicked," said Thomas.

Twins starter Kyle Lohse walked Jose Valentin with two outs in
the third and Thomas followed with a two-run homer to center, his
19th of the season, cutting the Twins' lead to 4-2.

Lohse gave up a single to Carlos Lee in the fourth and Brian
Daubach followed with a home run to right field, tying it at 4.

Valentin singled in the fifth and moved to second on a wild
pitch and scored on a double by Ordonez.

Kielty led off the game with a walk and two outs later, Hunter
homered down the left-field line, hitting the foul pole.

Third-base umpire Lance Barksdale didn't make an initial ruling,
but after Twins manager Ron Gardenhire came out for an explanation,
plate umpire Joe West ruled it fair.

White Sox manager Jerry Manuel out of the dugout to argue the
call, and was tossed by West. It was Manuel's seventh ejection of
the season and 14th of his six-year career.

Game notes
The White Sox turned four double plays. ... Twins OF Jacque
Jones missed his second straight game with a strained groin. ...
Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz left the game in the eighth with a
bruised right toe.