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Thomas hits walk-off homer in ninth

8/19/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Frank Thomas had two of Chicago's four hits off
Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn, and they were the difference in the
game.

Thomas hit a pair of two-run homers, the first to tie the game
in the seventh inning and the second to win it in the ninth as the
White Sox came from behind to beat the Angels 4-2.

"I hit it hard," Thomas said of his second homer. "I just
wanted it to stay fair and stay in play just to get that run
home."

Tony Graffanino led off the ninth with a double off Washburn and
moved to third on Roberto Alomar's sacrifice.

Thomas came up and Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia responded by
bringing Chone Figgins in from center field to be a fifth
infielder. It didn't matter, as Thomas lined a 3-2 pitch over the
left-field wall for his 30th homer.

"It was a changeup, and the changeup was a big pitch for me the
whole game," Washburn said. "It might've caught a little bit more
of the plate than I wanted."

Scioscia considered lifting Washburn when Thomas came up.

"We were looking at it, but Washburn still looked like he had
enough to challenge some of those guys and maybe make some
pitches," Scioscia said. "He was pitching such a good game."

Washburn (9-12) said he was battling back spasms most of the
game, but took a no-hitter into the seventh. He lost it on Alomar's
leadoff single through the right side of the infield, and Thomas
followed with his first homer of the game.

Tom Gordon (6-5) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Washburn retired the first 14 batters he faced and had a perfect
game until he hit Carl Everett with a pitch in the fifth.

Garret Anderson made a couple of nice catches in left field and
Figgins made a diving grab in center to preserve the no-hitter
early.

"Jarrod Washburn has been very tough on us for a long time,"
Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "Going that long in the
ballgame in a visiting ballpark with a no-hitter is pretty
impressive."

Washburn gave up four runs and four hits, striking out two in 8
1-3 innings.

The Angels scored once in the third on an RBI single by
Anderson. Alfredo Amezaga drew a walk and advanced to third on
Figgins' single before Anderson brought him home.

Anaheim added a run in the seventh when Adam Riggs came home on
a perfectly executed squeeze play. Riggs doubled and advanced to
third on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Kennedy. He then dashed home as
Amezaga put down the bunt.

The White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak, while the
Angels lost for the first time in six games.

Mark Buehrle started for the Sox and gave up two runs and six
hits over eight innings, striking out five and walking one.

Game notes
The three-game series is the Angels' only appearance at
U.S. Cellular Field this season, where Anderson won the All-Star
MVP and Home Run Derby. Brendan Donnelly was also the winning
pitcher and Mike Scioscia the winning manager. ... The Angels are
17-6 against the AL Central and play their next 18 games against
the division.