Series: Game 3 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 2-1 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Thursday, September 22
in 11
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Game 2: Friday, September 23
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Game 3: Saturday, September 24
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Game 4: Sunday, September 25
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Twins 1

(78-76, 38-42 away)

White Sox 8

(93-61, 46-34 home)

7:05 PM ET, September 24, 2005

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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W: F. Garcia (13-8)

L: J. Mays (6-10)

ChiSox win back-to-back for first time since Sept. 6-7 

CHICAGO (AP) -- The White Sox appear to breaking out of their September slump.

Freddy Garcia allowed four hits in eight innings, and Jermaine Dye hit a three-run homer for the second straight night to lead Chicago over the Minnesota Twins 8-1 Saturday.

Cranky Carl Beefs With Guillen
DH Carl Everett told the Daily Southtown he was unhappy with being dropped from third to sixth in the batting order -- he was in a 10-for-67 slump before Saturday's game.

Manager Ozzie Guillen wasn't pleased that one of his players was complaining with a playoff berth on the line.

"Don't go behind people and say, 'Why me?' The bottom line here is I'm going make the best lineup for the team,'' he said. "Right now, I think it's better off for Carl to hit down there to take the pressure away from [him]. It's a shame because my door is open, if they want to ask me about it. ... If he doesn't like the lineup, I can put somebody else in there."

Everett was 1-for-4 Saturday night, batting sixth for the second consecutive night.
-- AP

The AL Central-leading White Sox have won back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 6-7, the end of a seven-game winning streak. After leading by 15 games on Aug. 1, they entered Saturday night's game with a 1½-game lead over second-place Cleveland, which played at Kansas City.

Garcia (13-8) won for just the second time in 10 starts, striking out two and walking two. Garcia had pitched his best game of the season against the Twins on Aug. 23, losing a one-hitter 1-0 in the Metrodome on Jacque Jones' leadoff homer in the eighth.

Luis Vizcaino completed the five-hitter. A night earlier, Jose Contreras pitched a six-hitter for his first major league complete game.

Joe Mays (6-10) allowed six runs and nine hits in two-plus innings. He won his first six decisions against the White Sox but is 2-5 against them since.

Tadahito Iguchi matched a career high with four hits, and Chicago finished with 14 hits.

Joe Crede's two-out RBI single put Chicago ahead in the first, but Lew Ford's two-out, run-scoring single tied the score in the third.

Scott Podsednik doubled to start the bottom half, moved to third on Iguchi's bunt single and scored the tiebreaking run on A.J. Pierzynski's RBI double.

Paul Konerko hit a run-scoring single, and Dye homered to reach 30 for the second time in his major league career, the first since 2000 with Kansas City. Two outs later, Crede hit a solo homer off reliever Matt Guerrier.

Game notes

Pierzynski's third-inning double gave him his first RBI against his former team in 52 at-bats this season. ... The Twins have grounded into at least one double play in 15 straight games. They had three more Saturday night and lead the majors. ... Plate umpire Lance Barksdale was hit in the neck by Ford's bat when Ford couldn't hold onto the bat while swinging at a sixth-inning pitch. Play was delayed for several minutes as White Sox trainer Herm Schneider attended to Barksdale, who stayed in the game. ... The crowd of 37,699 was the 18th home sellout of the season for the White Sox.

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