CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox are winning just the way
manager Ozzie Guillen envisioned.
Chicago is 4-0 in one-run games -- all against the Indians -- and
at 6-2 is off to its best start since 1991.
"This is the way we have to play," said Guillen, who has
tailored the team to focus on pitching and defense in place of
Chicago's old go-for-broke offense centered around home runs.
"We've got to scratch for runs because we're not going to hit
homers like we used to. We have to pick up runs however we can."
"If Benny makes a good throw, we've got the guy," Indians
manager Eric Wedge said. "It was still somewhat of a close play as
Uribe then lofted a fly ball to center, and Pierzynski scored
Pierzynski's hit salvaged a night in which he had a passed ball
to give the Indians one run, failed to throw out two of three
basestealers, and was jeered by Cleveland fans.
"I had a couple of screwups, but we got the win," said
Pierzynski, who was 2-for-15 before his double.
Luis Vizcaino (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings and Dustin
Hermanson worked the 10th for his first save. After allowing a
two-out double to Travis Hafner, the right-hander got Victor
Martinez on a pop-out to first.
"It was a gut feeling," Guillen said about using Hermanson
instead of Shingo Takatsu in the 10th. "Shingo is still my closer,
but Coco Crisp is hitting about .600 off him and I didn't want the
little guy to get on."
Hermanson retired Crisp on a fly ball to left.
Cleveland went ahead in the first when Crisp walked, stole
second, took third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball, and
RBI singles by Jhonny Peralta and Crisp made it 3-0 in the second.
"I threw away the bunt and couldn't field a squibbler," said
Lee. "I've got to make those plays. I thought they were both
"I got a little flustered. I came back to the dugout, looked at
the scoreboard and saw they had four hits that inning. I said,
Crede hit a go-ahead double in the seventh, but Grady Sizemore's
first homer tied the score in the bottom half.
"It's tough to lose like this," said Cleveland third baseman
Aaron Boone. "But playing all these close games early could make
us better in the long run."
The Indians' team batting average fell to .211. They have
two extra-base hits in their last 19 innings. ... Comedian Drew
Carey, a native of Cleveland, got a loud ovation when he caught a
foul ball in the top of the 10th. ... Everett went 2-for-4 and is
hitting .474 (9-for-19) with eight RBI in his last five games. ...
Chicago OF Scott Podsednik did not play because of a strained right
groin. ... Indians OF Casey Blake sat out with a strained left
hamstring. ... Pierzynski is 2-for-8 in throwing out runners
attempting to steal. ... Hafner, who signed a new $7 million,
three-year contract in the afternoon, went 1-for-4 with two