Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 7/23)

Game 1: Friday, July 23
Chi White Sox6
Game 2: Saturday, July 24
Chi White Sox7
Game 3: Sunday, July 25
Chi White Sox2

Tigers 4

(45-51, 21-27 away)

White Sox 6

(51-42, 29-17 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 23, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    CWS 22011000 - 6 9 0

    W: E. Loaiza (9-5)

    L: N. Robertson (9-5)

    S: S. Takatsu (8)

    Homer, three RBI for Lee

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox plan to keep scoring runs in bunches, even without Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas in the lineup.

    "We can't try to go out there and try to (replace) Magglio and Frank because we have to play our game," Carlos Lee said. "We have to stick together."

    After learning that Ordonez could miss the rest of the season because of an injured knee, Lee hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Friday night.

    "We have to keep playing the way we are playing," Lee said.

    Ordonez, a four-time All-Star, went back on the disabled list Friday and could spend up to eight weeks on crutches. The outfielder has a fluid problem in his knee, stemming from a collision the All-Star right fielder had with second baseman Willie Harris on May 19 in Cleveland.

    Ordonez went on the 15-day disabled list a week after the collision and had surgery to repair torn cartilage on June 5.

    Chicago already is missing Thomas, who's expected to miss eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.

    The White Sox acquired outfielder Carl Everett this week in a trade with Montreal to replace Thomas and added right-hander Freddy Garcia on June 27 in a trade.

    "When you are missing your (Nos.) 3-4 hitters from the beginning of the season, it is going to put a little dent in things," Aaron Rowand said. "Adding Carl and adding Freddy is really going to help. The rest of us are going to have to try to pick up the slack. One through nine, everybody is contributing all season."

    After the White Sox learned the bad news, Esteban Loaiza (9-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the first time in four starts since he beat the Cubs on June 27.

    "I have been battling and going through a lot of stuff," he said. "My teammates came through and we won the game."

    Cliff Politte and Damaso Marte combined for two hitless innings. Shingo Takatsu pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in eight chances, finishing Chicago's seventh straight win over an AL Central rival. The White Sox have won four of their last five overall.

    Nate Robertson (9-5), who had won four of his last five starts, gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings. It was the first meeting of the season between the division rivals, who play 18 more times.

    Even without Ordonez and Thomas, Tigers manager Alan Trammell has a lot of respect for the White Sox.

    "We know they're good," Trammell said. "They're up there with the Twins for a reason."

    Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez got his 2,000th career hit with a third-inning single, and Carlos Pena and Omar Infante hit solo home runs. Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking solo homer for Chicago in the fourth that put the White Sox ahead 5-4, and Lee added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

    "That's a lot of hits," Rodriguez said. "That's not something that a lot of players will get."

    Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the first on Dmitri Young's RBI grounder and Rondell White's run-scoring single, but Lee's homer tied it in the bottom half.

    Uribe hit an RBI single in the second and scored on Rowand's double for a 4-2 lead, but the homers by Pena and Infante tied it in the fourth.

    Game notes

    Chicago recalled OF Joe Borchard from Triple-A Charlotte. ... After mistakenly calling for the wrong reliever Thursday night at Cleveland, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had some fun in the eighth inning. When he went out to make a pitching change, Guillen had an L taped on his left sleeve and an R taped on his right sleeve and raised both arms to signal in Marte, who was the only pitcher warming up.

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