CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Davis was just trying to keep his at-bat
going when he suddenly hit the ball into the outfield.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Davis capped a
nine-pitch at-bat against Rafael Betancourt with a drive to the
right-center field gap that scored Timo Perez from first in the
Chicago White Sox's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
"It felt like I was up there for about half an hour," said
Davis, who was credited only with a single after connecting on a
3-2 pitch. "He was looking over at Timo and I was fouling balls
off. It's just hard getting the bat head out against that guy. He's
got a good fastball. I was just cheating as much as I could to get
the bat head out and hit it hard."
Grady Sizemore cut off Davis' shot before it could get to the
wall but Perez never hesitated, racing home and sliding in under
catcher Victor Martinez's tag -- snapping the White Sox's four-game
The White Sox nearly let this one get away and cost Jose
Contreras a win in his first home start with Chicago, when Martinez
hit a solo homer off Damaso Marte with one out in the ninth to tie
the game at 2.
Shingo Takatsu (5-3) got the last two outs in the ninth. He
earned the win after blowing a save against the Indians on
"As a reliever, I have to be good and ready to pitch again in
the next game," Takatsu said through an interpreter.
Contreras allowed one run and five hits with nine strikeouts in
eight innings. The right-hander was acquired from the New York
Yankees on July 31. He won his first start with the White Sox in
Kansas City last Tuesday, allowing two earned runs in six innings.
"He could have told the batters that the forkball was coming
and it wouldn't have mattered today because he had such great
command," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
"You knew it was coming and still couldn't hit it,"
Cleveland's Matt Lawton said. "That's how good it was."
Chicago ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak and climbed
back into a second-place tie in the AL Central with the Indians.
The White Sox also stopped a six-game home losing slide.
Elarton allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts in six
"I struggled with my breaking ball in the first three
innings," he said.
Ben Broussard's double in the seventh cut the lead to 2-1.
Marte replaced Contreras to start the ninth.
After Travis Hafner struck out, Martinez homered to left to hand
Marte his fifth blown save in nine attempts.
In his only previous start at U.S. Cellular Field on Sept.
23, 2003, Contreras pitched eight scoreless innings in a 7-0 Yankee
win. ... Carlos Lee, the White Sox's usual left fielder, was in the
DH slot Sunday. He had fouled a ball off his left knee in the
eighth inning Saturday night. Carl Everett played left Sunday. ...
Davis has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats. He had been 3-for-33 with
Seattle before the White Sox traded for him on June 27.