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Uribe slides under tag to score winning run

NEW YORK (AP) -- As long as Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen has been around baseball, the game still sometimes
confounds him.

Guillen watched Juan Uribe and Scott Podsednik each strike out
three times against journeyman Aaron Small, who produced another
strong outing for the New York Yankees' patchwork pitching staff on
Wednesday. Then Guillen saw the same two players combine to beat
closer Mariano Rivera.

Uribe tripled with one out in the 10th inning and then slid in
under catcher Jorge Posada's tag to score the deciding run on
Podsednik's grounder, giving the White Sox a 2-1 win over the
Yankees.

"Uribe can't hit a guy who throws junk," Guillen said. "And
then he hits a triple against the toughest pitcher in baseball."

Go figure.

Uribe hit a ball that sailed beyond center fielder Bernie
Williams and was grateful. Speaking through a translator, Uribe
said all he was trying to do was make contact.

"After three strikeouts, all I want to do is get on base," he
said. "The pitching was so good. I knew when it got past Bernie,
it's a triple."

The Yankees played the infield in and Podsednik bounced to
second baseman Robinson Cano, who threw home. Posada made the tag
high and plate umpire Bruce Froemming signaled safe when Uribe slid
in under the catcher's shin guard.

Posada stuck out his glove, trying to win the call from
Froemming. Rivera pointed to the plate and Yankees manager Joe
Torre briefly argued.

"I wanted it to be out," Rivera said. "When he caught the
ball and tagged him above the waist, I think he might have been
able to sneak in there."

Torre said he couldn't really see the play from the dugout.

"Cano did a good job getting to the ball," the manager said.
"I thought Jorge had him, but evidently the tag was high."

Neal Cotts (4-0) got the win. Dustin Hermanson relieved with a
runner on first and retired the last two batters for his 30th save
in 31 opportunities. Center fielder Aaron Rowand ran down Cano's
fly ball on the warning track for the final out.

Rivera (5-3) worked two innings. The White Sox, with the best
record in the majors, took two of three at Yankee Stadium -- each
game was decided by one run.

Small, who won his first three decisions after not starting a
major-league game since 1996, limited the White Sox to one run and
four hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and retired his
last 12 batters.

"Aaron Small was just great today," Torre said.

Chicago starter Freddy Garcia was just as good, allowing one
unearned run and six hits over eight innings. He struck out five.

"Freddy was outstanding," Guillen said. "That was one of the
best I've ever seen him throw. That's the Freddy we like to see."

The Yankees nicked Garcia for a run in the first when Derek
Jeter beat out an infield hit and went to second on a throwing
error by Uribe from shortstop. Jeter advanced to third on an
infield out and scored on a single by Gary Sheffield.

Chicago tied it in the third when Pablo Ozuna beat out an
infield single and scored on Carl Everett's double. Everett got
caught on Paul Konerko's grounder to Jeter, and Small struck out
Rowand, ending the inning.

Both pitchers got into fourth-inning jams but pitched out of
trouble.

In the White Sox fourth, Jermaine Dye opened with a single and
Geoff Blum walked. The runners advanced on a sacrifice but were
stranded when Small struck out Uribe and Podsednik.

In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui
opened with singles. The runners advanced on an infield out but
Garcia struck out Bernie Williams and John Flaherty popped up.

Tom Gordon relieved Small in the eighth and Rivera came on in
the ninth for New York.

Garcia left after eight innings, relieved by Cotts.

Game notes
Rowand made several nice catches, tracking down Sheffield's
drive in the third and Matsui's shot in the sixth. ... Konerko made
a brilliant stop at first base to throw out Tony Womack leading off
the fifth.