Garland's performance didn't have many flaws, either.
He dominated Cleveland hitters for seven strong innings and the
White Sox cooled off the Indians with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday
Garland (3-2) allowed one run and five hits while snapping
Cleveland's season-high winning streak at five games. The
right-hander was rarely in trouble while slowing down the Indians,
who had averaged eight runs per game during their streak.
"They're hot," Garland said. "They're probably the best
hitting team in baseball right now."
Garland, who walked one and struck out six, retired 10 straight
before getting into a jam in the sixth. But with one out and
runners at first and second, he struck out Victor Martinez.
Then, with runners in scoring position, he fanned Travis Hafner
to preserve a 4-1 lead.
"I had a plan and I stuck with it," Garland said. "I made
quality pitches when I had to."
Chicago did very little against Durbin the first time through
The second go-around was much different as the White Sox scored
four runs in the fourth against the right-hander, who came in 1-4
with a 9.56 ERA in seven starts against them.
The White Sox loaded the bases with one out before Konerko's
two-run hit put them up 2-1. One out later, Miguel Olivo hit a shot
through the middle that struck Durbin in the upper leg and slowly
caromed toward right field.
He allowed four runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. But despite
the damage, Durbin lowered his ERA from 11.77 to 11.34.
"I was going to go as hard as I could for as long as I could,"
Durbin said. "I hit a wall in the fourth. I made some pretty good
pitches, but I ran out of gas a little."
The Indians, who have been making a habit of scoring early, took
a 1-0 lead in the second.
However, it was a wasted chance to get to Garland, who came in
just 2-7 against the Indians.
"He threw strikes and kept us off-balance," Broussard said.
"He got ahead in the count a lot. He did a good job of that and
then he finished it off.
"It seemed like he was consistent. He threw three pitches for
strikes and wasn't making mistakes. We weren't able to get at him
like we normally do."
Following the game, the White Sox recalled LHP Kelly Wunsch
from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned RHP Felix Diaz to Charlotte.
Diaz went 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in two starts. He was scheduled to
pitch Saturday at Minnesota, but LHP Neal Cotts will take his spot
in the rotation for now. ... Frank Thomas appeared to have
connected for his 426th career homer in the eighth, but a strong
wind blowing in from right-center kept it in the ballpark. Thomas'
next homer will tie him with Billy Williams for 32nd on the
all-time list. ... Valentin's error was his 10th, and Chicago's
17th in their last 13 games. ... The start was delayed 36 minutes
by rain -- the third lengthy interruption in two days. ... Cleveland
hasn't won six in a row since opening the 2002 season 11-1. ... The
Indians (18-20) were 12-26 at the same point a year ago.