Broussard homers twice in rout of White Sox


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Broussard had his shoes painted silver --
and his bat turned to pure gold.

Broussard hit two home runs and had a career-high five RBI, and
Brian Anderson earned his third straight win as the Cleveland
Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 12-5 Friday night.

"This definitely was a topper at the major league level for
me," said Broussard, who also had a single and double for his
first four-hit game, as well as his first multihomer game.

"Actually, what did it was I let Casey Blake paint my shoes
gray," Broussard said.

Blake, two lockers over, shouted out, "Silver!"

"Oh yeah, silver," Broussard said. "Casey said he painted the
white spots on his shoes gray, uh silver, last week and he went
5-for-5. I don't think I'm superstitious, but when things go well

Added Blake with a hearty laugh: "It had nothing to do with his
ability tonight."

Broussard opened Cleveland's scoring with his seventh homer, a
shot over the wall in right-center off Dan Wright (0-4) that
brought the Indians within 2-1 in the second inning.

He hit a two-run shot to center in the seventh to make it 10-5.

"My grandfather was here watching me for the first time in a
pro game," Broussard said. "He and my uncle came up from Houston
and to tell you the truth, he would have been excited even if I
went 0-for-5."

Anderson (7-6) allowed five runs -- two earned -- and seven hits
over five innings to improve to 4-0 in his last six starts. The
left-hander walked one and struck out three.

"I will not complain about this one," Anderson said. "I've
been the beneficiary of some good offense the last couple times

Wright allowed five earned runs and four hits over 2 1-3
innings, his shortest outing in 11 starts this season. He was
optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game and left-hander Mike
Porzio was recalled.

The Indians opened a four-game series by winning for the sixth
time in eight games to move within three games of third-place
Chicago in the AL Central. The White Sox lost their fourth in a row
and have dropped six of seven since winning nine of 12.

"We still have a shot because this is a wide-open division and
that includes the Indians," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.
"We know we can play good baseball, but we are not doing it right

Tim Laker hit his third homer for Cleveland, a two-run shot into
the bleachers in left-center in the fifth for an 8-5 lead. Shane
Spencer hit a two-run homer, his sixth, to make it 12-5 in the

The White Sox, who scored just three runs while being swept in a
three-game series in Detroit, took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Paul Konerko, batting .127 (10-for-79) over his previous 30
games, doubled in one run and a sacrifice fly by Joe Crede made it

The Indians went ahead 6-2 with a five-run third inning that
featured three walks, two hits and one error.

Brandon Phillips walked and scored all the way from first on a
triple into the right-field corner by Coco Crisp to tie it at 2.

After Matt Lawton walked, Milton Bradley hit a tapper to Wright,
who caught Crisp off third. Crisp stayed in a rundown long enough,
however, for Lawton to reach third and Bradley to take second.

"Coco did a great job there," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.
"He did exactly what you need to do."

Jody Gerut was intentionally walked to load the bases, but the
strategy backfired when Wright walked Blake on four pitches to
force in Lawton.

Broussard greeted reliever Gary Glover with a two-run double to
make it 5-2.

A poor throw by Glover compounded his problems. He fielded a
bouncer hit by Tim Laker -- but threw the ball past catcher Sandy
Alomar in an attempt to get Blake at the plate.

Chicago pulled within 6-5 with a three-run sixth. Alomar singled
in one run, another scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Lee and
Magglio Ordonez concluded the rally with an RBI double.

Game notes
Lawton left in the fourth inning with a dislocated finger
on his right hand. He will be sidelined three-to-four weeks ...
Chicago fell to 11-28 when making at least one error. ... White Sox
DH Frank Thomas snapped an 0-for-17 streak with a seventh-inning
double. ... Indians OF Milton Bradley broke an 0-for-12 skid with a
first-inning single. ... Gerut went 0-for-4 with a walk, snapping
his hitting streak at 12 games.