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Ordonez homers, drives in five for Sox

4/9/2004

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jon Garland's pitches were all over the place.
Luckily for him, the throws by Miguel Olivo and Joe Crede were
perfect.

Backed by a pair of key plays and a big day at the plate from
Magglio Ordonez, Garland worked around bouts of wildness and led
the Chicago White Sox past the New York Yankees 9-3 Friday.

"I had huge defense all night long," Garland said.

Garland (1-0) won despite walking a career-high seven, including
four in the fourth inning. He limited the Yankees to one run on
four hits for eight innings.

"Truthfully, I don't know that there's too many managers that
would've let me stay in there," Garland said.

Ozzie Guillen stuck with Garland. Ordonez made it a bit easier,
hitting a home run and driving in five runs for a 9-1 lead in the
sixth.

Olivo and Crede both contributed in the fourth when, trailing
1-0, Garland walked the first two batters. When John Flaherty
pulled away from a bunt try, Olivo raised up and picked off Hideki
Matsui at second base.

"That's why I called for an outside pitch, to have a chance to
get him," Olivo said. "If it's a ball, it's no problem because
he's still bunting."

The Yankees went on to load the bases with two outs, and Derek
Jeter hit a slow roller to the left side. Crede cut in and over
from third base, gloved the ball and snapped a throw that barely
nipped Jeter.

"I knew I was going to get him," Crede said. "I was just
anticipating contact from the runner coming over from second."

Yankees manager Joe Torre disputed umpire Jeff Kellogg's call at
first base -- replays showed it was correct.

The White Sox scored nine times in the next two innings, with
Ordonez hitting a three-run homer in the fifth and Crede homering
in the fifth.

A crowd of 45,965 was in a festive mood, especially after fans
found out Torre had reached agreement on a three-year contract
extension through the 2007 season. But by the end, there were
scattered boos as New York was sloppy in the field and failed to
cash in on Garland's walks.

"Over the long haul, we should be able to take advantage of
that due to the quality of our offense," Torre said. "We
certainly let an opportunity get away."

Bubba Crosby, in his first at-bat for the Yankees, hit a two-run
homer in the ninth off Shingo Takatsu. Japan's career saves leader
was making his major league debut.

Crosby, who entered to play center field in the top of the
ninth, briskly ran around the bases. He was 1-for-12 last season
for Los Angeles.

"I wish I could have slowed down a little bit and enjoyed it
more, but my heart was pounding and everything. It's just a feeling
you really can't describe," Crosby said.

After strong pitching performances by Kevin Brown and Javier
Vazquez, Jose Contreras (0-1) was in position to give the Yankees
their third straight win when scoring three or fewer runs -- they
hadn't done that since August 1978.

Instead, Timo Perez hit a leadoff single in the fifth and Olivo
walked. After they each stole a base, Willie Harris had a tying
sacrifice fly and Jose Valentin walked. Ordonez followed with his
second home run of the season for a 4-1 lead.

Chicago scored five more times in the sixth off Contreras, Felix
Heredia and Paul Quantrill.

Crede homered, Perez walked and Olivo doubled. With the infield
playing in, Jeter skidded to his left to stop Harris' grounder up
the middle, spun and made a perfect, off-balance throw to the
plate.

Perez jarred the ball loose from catcher John Flaherty and when
it rolled away, Olivo dashed home from second.

After Valentin walked, Ordonez hit a fly toward center field
that Bernie Williams lost in the late afternoon sun. The ball
dropped for a two-run single, with Valentin hustling home from
first.

"That's what they're all about. We saw that in the scouting
reports," Torre said. "They certainly forced us into making
mistakes."

Game notes
The crowd was the largest second-day attendance in the
29-season history of the remodeled Yankee Stadium. ... Crede was in
a 1-for-13 rut when he homered. ... This was the second time this
season the Yankees lost when the opposing starter walked seven.
Victor Zambrano beat them at Tampa Bay.