Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Friday, May 28
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Game 2: Saturday, May 29
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Game 3: Sunday, May 30
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Angels 3

(29-19, 14-12 away)

White Sox 4

(28-19, 16-9 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 28, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: S. Takatsu (3-0)

    L: R. Ortiz (1-4)

    Angels lose fourth in a row

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Konerko got the game-winning hit and was quick to praise the teammate who made it all possible -- Juan Uribe.

    Uribe tripled off the center-field wall to start the bottom of the ninth and scored when Konerko hit a bases-loaded single to give the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win Friday night.

    "He's an All-Star. He's been unbelievable. He hits everything," Konerko said of Uribe, who is batting .346 nearly two months into the season.

    "He hits to all fields, he hits with power and he can run," Konerko added.

    Konerko tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth and then won it in the ninth after the Angels intentionally walked two to load the bases and played five men in the infield.

    "I was just trying to stay ready," Konerko said. "You know you are pulling for your teammates, but you also have to keep yourself ready in case you get up there and have to do it."

    After Uribe tripled off Ramon Ortiz (1-4), Frank Thomas was intentionally walked and Carlos Lee fouled out before Jose Valentin was also intentionally walked to load the bases.

    "I thought they'd do it from the get-go -- walk Frank and Carlos right away and go right to Jose with five infielders. It's kind of a tough spot. Every player has been on the other end of it where it's really your only shot," Konerko said of the strategy.

    "We thought if we could get Konerko to hit the ball on the ground, we'd have a better chance to turn two than with Valentin," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

    Konerko hit a 2-2 pitch to the warning track in right-center to score Uribe, sending Chicago to its eighth win in 10 games.

    "I don't think anyone likes to pitch to any of those guys in that situation," Scioscia said. "You can't pitch around anybody because the next guy is just as dangerous."

    Shingo Takatsu (3-0) pitched the top of the ninth for the victory in the opener of a three-game series between division leaders.

    The Angels have lost four straight, all by one run.

    "We have had four close games, we could have won any one of them," Scioscia said. "It's a tough run."

    Anaheim reliever Kevin Gregg, who retired Lee on a popup with the bases loaded in the seventh, gave up consecutive singles to Valentin, Konerko and pinch-hitter Timo Perez, tying the game at 3 in the bottom of the eighth.

    Jose Guillen's 10th homer, a solo shot off Mike Jackson, had given the Angels a 3-2 lead in the top of the inning.

    Angels starter Kelvim Escobar, with a 1-8 career record against the White Sox entering the game, had allowed just four hits and had a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth before Konerko hit his ninth homer.

    Escobar allowed seven hits and two runs in 6 2-3 innings, throwing 125 pitches.

    David Eckstein led off the game with a double against Jon Garland and scored on Vladimir Guerrero's single, ending a shutout streak by the White Sox, who blanked Texas in back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday.

    Anaheim added a run in the sixth, thanks to some hustle by Guillen, who singled with one out and then raced to second on Jeff DaVanon's routine fly to left. Bengie Molina followed with an RBI double.

    Garland gave up eight hits and two runs in seven innings. ^Notes:@ After giving up the homer to Guillen, Jackson was forced out of the game when the next batter, DaVanon, lined a ball off his left leg. He was not seriously injured ... Lee doubled in the second to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, matching a career high. ... The injury-strapped Angels are close to an agreement with Raul Mondesi, whose contract was terminated by the Pirates after he returned home to the Dominican Republic amidst a legal entanglement. ... White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will miss Saturday's game to attend his son's high school graduation in Florida. Bench coach Harold Baines will run the team. ... The White Sox have won seven home games in their last at-bat. They are 13-4 in one-run games, including 10-2 at home. ... The White Sox sent reliever Kelly Wunsch back to Triple-A Charlotte after Friday night's game and will call up Jon Rauch to start Saturday's game against the Angels.

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