Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Monday, May 17
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Cleveland7
Game 2: Tuesday, May 18
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Cleveland2
Game 3: Wednesday, May 19
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White Sox 4

(21-17, 8-9 away)

Indians 2

(18-20, 12-8 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 18, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    W: J. Garland (3-2)

    L: C. Durbin (3-4)

    S: B. Koch (7)

    Garland gives up one run over seven innings

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Finished for the evening, Jon Garland relaxed in Chicago's clubhouse and watched Randy Johnson close out his perfect game on TV.

    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 night.

    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."

    Not anymore.

    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."

    Paul Konerko hit a two-run single in a four-run fourth off Cleveland's Chad Durbin (3-4) as the White Sox won for just the fourth time in 11 games.

    Damaso Marte gave up a sacrifice fly to Martinez in the eighth and Billy Koch struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save.

    Chicago did very little against Durbin the first time through the order.

    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.

    Jose Valentin, who was on second, was alertly waved around and scored on a headfirst slide. Willie Harris followed with an RBI single, giving the White Sox a 4-1 lead and chasing Durbin.

    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.

    Hafner doubled to straightaway center and moved to third when Valentin couldn't come up with Casey Blake's high hopper. Garland did get Ben Broussard to hit into a double play, but Hafner scored.

    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."

    The Indians closed within 4-2 in the eighth when Omar Vizquel singled, Jody Gerut doubled and Martinez lifted a fly ball to right for his 14th RBI in his last seven games.

    Game notes


    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.

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