Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Thursday, August 26
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Cleveland9
Game 2: Friday, August 27
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Cleveland6
Game 3: Saturday, August 28
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Cleveland3
Game 4: Sunday, August 29
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Cleveland9

White Sox 14

(62-63, 28-33 away)

Indians 9

(64-65, 38-27 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 26, 2004

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    CWS 600350000 14 16 0
    CLE 210410010 9 14 1

    W: N. Cotts (2-3)

    L: C. Durbin (5-6)

    ChiSox tie Tribe for second in AL Central

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox needed plenty of offense because their pitching wasn't very good.

    Carl Everett homered and drove in four runs, leading Chicago to a 14-9 victory over the fading Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.

    "It was tough to watch," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We scored 14 runs and still had to use the bullpen. It was very hard for me."

    Ben Davis hit a two-run homer and Juan Uribe a solo shot for Chicago, which won for just the second time in eight games and tied Cleveland for second place in the AL Central. Paul Konerko had three hits and three RBI. Uribe and Ross Gload each had three of Chicago's 16 hits.

    "It was an unbelievable game," Davis said. "I haven't been in many of those. Everybody loves offense, but it was a struggle for nine innings."

    Coco Crisp, Ben Broussard and Josh Phelps hit solo homers and Ronnie Belliard a two-run shot for Cleveland, which lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

    "I'm proud of the way we played all the way through to the last out," manager Eric Wedge said. "We climbed back a couple of times."

    The Indians totaled 14 hits and scored more than four runs for the first time since a 7-1 win over Minnesota on Aug. 14 put them within one game of the first-place Twins.

    Neal Cotts (2-3) gave up two runs in 2 2-3 innings of relief for the win.

    Chad Durbin (5-6) trailed 4-0 after 15 pitches.

    The right-hander walked Aaron Rowand, who went to second on a single by Roberto Alomar. Konerko singled in Rowand, and Everett hit a three-run homer to right on Durbin's 15th pitch.

    "I think it was a changeup," Everett said. "He left it up and I got a good swing."

    The White Sox were far from finished -- though Durbin's time on the mound was running out.

    Gload singled, advanced on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Uribe to make it 5-0.

    Durbin then walked No. 9 hitter Joe Borchard on his 51st and final pitch.

    Reliever Rick White yielded an RBI single to Rowand before striking out Alomar to finally end the 28-minute half inning.

    Durbin allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning, his shortest start since getting only one out May 16, 2000, with Kansas City at Oakland.

    "Chad didn't have much life on his fastball," Wedge said.

    Cleveland cut it to 6-2 in the bottom half against Chicago starter Josh Stewart.

    Belliard tripled and scored on a double by Omar Vizquel, who was doubled home by Victor Martinez.

    "Eric was fired up when we came to bat," Belliard said of his manager. "He told us we had the whole game to come back and we nearly did. But they just kept hitting, too."

    Vizquel's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the second made it 6-3.

    Gload had an RBI single and Davis a two-run homer, his fifth, to make it 9-3 in the fourth.

    Crisp hit his 12th homer and Belliard added a two-run shot, his sixth, off Stewart in the fifth.

    Stewart allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings.

    Vizquel greeted Cotts with a triple to right-center and scored on a single by Matt Lawton to make it 9-7.

    Uribe hit his 18th homer to spark Chicago's five-run fifth. Konerko added a two-run single, Everett an RBI single and Gload a sacrifice fly off rookie Fernando Cabrera for a 14-7 lead.

    "We knew we had to get more runs and keep scoring," Everett said.

    Broussard began the Indians' fifth with his 12th homer, and Phelps hit his 14th to open the eighth.

    Game notes


    Chicago RHP Freddy Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night because of tightness in his right forearm. RHP Jason Grilli will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to pitch against Cleveland. ... Alomar tied Lou Gehrig for 49th on the career hits list with 2,721. He scored his 1,507th run, passing Mike Schmidt for 57th all-time. ... Konerko has 16 RBI vs. Cleveland this season. ... Rowand is batting .450 (18-for-40) with three homers and 10 RBI during a 10-game hitting streak. ... Durbin is 1-6 with a 10.90 ERA in nine career starts against Chicago.

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