Broussard hits grand slam for Cleveland

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Broussard waited so long for his second homer
of the season, a solo shot in a lopsided game would have been OK
with him.

Broussard hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning and
Ronnie Belliard homered in his third straight game to lead the
Cleveland Indians over the Chicago White Sox 9-5 Wednesday night.

"I knew everybody was behind me so it was just one of those
things where I knew I would get another home run one of these
days," Broussard said. "I'm just glad the monkey is off my back

Casey Blake and Lou Merloni also hit home runs for the Indians,
who have won 13 of 20 to pull two games behind the White Sox for
second place in the AL Central.

Paul Konerko homered twice and Aaron Rowand also hit one for
Chicago, which has lost six of eight.

Cliff Lee, who is currently appealing a six-game suspension for
throwing behind Ken Griffey Jr.'s head on June 13, pitched six
solid innings. Lee (7-1) gave up three runs and five hits. He
struck out six and walked three.

"Cliff was good. Early on he threw a lot of fastballs and he
started mixing in his changeup and his breaking ball. He had a
pretty good breaking ball tonight, he was able to command it,"
Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle got his first loss since April 20
against the New York Yankees, a span of 12 starts.

Buehrle gave up three straight singles to Victor Martinez, Casey
Blake, and Travis Hafner to start the eighth. Mike Jackson
relieved, and on his first pitch, gave up the homer to Broussard,
who was hitting for Merloni. It was Broussard's first career slam
and first pinch-hit homer, making it 9-4 Cleveland.

"It was big for us, it was big for Ben. He went up there ready
to hit," Wedge said. "We wanted him to be more aggressive, more
assertive and stronger with his swing and utilize the power that he

Buehrle (7-2) pitched seven-plus innings, giving up 10 hits and
tied his season high by giving up eight runs -- he also gave up
eight in his loss to New York. In his last start, Buehrle allowed
seven runs against Montreal but did not get a decision.

Buehrle doesn't plan on pitching in the All-Star game in July.

"I figure I had to have a couple of good ones (starts). And the
way I went out there today if they asked me to go I'd almost turn
around and say no, I don't deserve to go. I haven't thrown the ball
the way I should have," Buehrle said.

Chicago trailed 5-3 in the seventh inning and nearly tied it
against Indians reliever Rafeal Betancourt.

With two outs, Frank Thomas reached on a two-base error when
left fielder Matt Lawton dropped Thomas' fly on the warning track.
Lawton knocked into center fielder Coco Crisp, who was also in
position to catch the ball.

Carlos Lee followed with an RBI-single off the left-field fence.
Lee went into his home run trot and music began playing but he was
tagged out at second.

"That's one of my rules, I want them to run the bases but
everybody thought the way he hit the ball the way the ball was
carrying, everybody thought it was a home run, including myself,"
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Belliard homered in his third straight game off Buehrle in the
third inning for his fourth homer of the season. It's the first
time in his career that he has homered in three consecutive games.

Buehrle walked Martinez leading off the fourth inning and he
scored on Hafner's RBI single to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.

Belliard led off the fifth with a ground-rule double to center
and scored on Lawton's broken bat single.

Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Rowand hit an opposite-field solo
home run to right for Chicago.

The Indians came back and scored two more in the sixth. Casey
Blake homered leading off and one out later, Merloni homered to
left, giving the Indians a 5-2 lead.

Konerko led off the sixth with his 16th homer of the season off
Lee. He also led off the eighth with a homer off Betancourt.<
^Notes@: Omar Vizquel made his ninth error of the season in the
fourth inning when he misplayed Konerko's grounder. ... The White
Sox have homered in 17 straight home games. ... Broussard hit
Cleveland's first pinch-hit grand slam since Casey Parsons did it
in 1986 against Toronto.