CHICAGO (AP) -- This could have been a devastating loss for the
Houston Astros, whose eight-run lead vanished in what seemed like
Instead, they regrouped to avoid a three-game sweep in the World
Series rematch and end Chicago's season-high nine-game win streak.
After Brad Lidge gave up a tying grand slam to Tadahito Iguchi
with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday night, Willy Taveras' RBI
single in the 13th sent the Astros to a 10-9 victory over the White
"It took everything we had to win the game tonight," Lidge
said. "Thank goodness we were able to pull it out."
Adam Everett led off the 13th with a triple down the right-field
line, off the glove of a diving Ross Gload. A fan also interfered,
and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen came out of the dugout to
"All four umpires saw it the same way," Guillen said. "There
wasn't much you could do about it. They thought he should be at
Manager Phil Garner was prepared to argue. But the triple stood.
"I was hoping he didn't make a mistake and tell me to go back
to second," Everett said.
Taveras then singled to left off Brandon McCarthy (3-4) to break
The Astros brought in Lidge, who gave up Scott Podsednik's
game-ending homer in Game 2 of the World Series and the lone run in
Game 4 on Jermaine Dye's RBI single in the eighth. And the White
Sox delivered more heartache on Sunday after A.J. Pierzynski's
Things really came apart with two outs, when Alex Cintron
singled and Podsednik walked to load the bases. Iguchi, who hit a
three-run homer in the eighth, drilled a 1-1 pitch over the
center-field wall to tie it at 9, bringing the crowd to its feet.
It was the second grand slam and second multihomer game of
Iguchi's career. He had two homers, including a grand slam against
the Chicago Cubs, on May 20, and the seven RBI set a career high.
It's the first time the White Sox hit grand slams in three
consecutive games, and they became the first team to do so since
the Detroit Tigers from Aug. 10-12, 1993. This was Chicago's
biggest comeback since rallying from down 8-0 to beat the Cubs on
June 28, 2002.
"(I) didn't have control," Lidge said. "I walked Podsednik; I
was trying to throw him heaters away. But I was a little too low.
The first fastball I threw to Iguchi, he was a little tardy on it,
and I tried to rear back and throw it harder. ... He made us pay
Astros starter Roy Oswalt allowed five hits, two runs and struck
out seven in seven innings.
Lamb had two hits, scored three runs and drove in two, after
delivering four hits in Saturday's 6-5, 10-inning loss. Berkman
drove in three runs, and Everett had three hits and scored twice
Vazquez allowed nine runs in six-plus innings in his worst
outing since Aug. 14, when he surrendered nine in two innings for
Arizona against Atlanta. He left trailing 7-1 with runners on first
and third in the seventh after allowing a triple by Taveras and
singles to Biggio and Lamb.
Everett led off the fifth with a double, but the White Sox were
on the verge of escaping. Taveras sacrificed the runner, Biggio
struck out and Lamb had an 0-2 count. He sent the next pitch an
estimated 420 feet out to right to make it 4-1.
Burke then walked, and Berkman drove his 22nd homer out to
center to make it 6-1.
Konerko homered leading off the seventh to take sole possession
of second place on the White Sox's career list, ahead of Harold
Baines. He has 19 this season and 222 with Chicago. Iguchi added a
three-run shot in the eighth, and the comeback was on.
"This is something that we're going to have to continue to
do," Iguchi said through an interpreter. "We lost in the end, but
we definitely made a difference."
On Friday, Podsednik hit the first grand slam of his career off
"A game like this, you just shake your head and say they're
doing unbelievable things," Lidge said.
White Sox reliever David Riske dropped his appeal of a
three-game suspension for hitting St. Louis' Chris Duncan with a
pitch last week and began serving his punishment on Sunday. Riske
and Guillen were ejected in the seventh inning of a 20-6 victory
Tuesday night after the right-hander plunked Duncan. The benches
had been warned after the Cardinals' Sidney Ponson hit two White
Sox batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Riske
and Guillen were fined an undisclosed amount. Guillen also served a
one-game suspension. ... OF Brian Anderson served the fifth of his
five-game suspension for his role in the bench clearing brawl
between the White Sox and Cubs on Sunday. ... The White Sox set a
franchise record with their 19th sellout. They sold out 18 games
last year. ... Astros RHP Brandon Backe threw 70 pitches over four
innings in a simulated game Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field and is
scheduled to begin a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Round
Rock on Thursday at Oklahoma City. Backe has been on the disabled
list since April 14 with sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his
right elbow. "I'm great," Backe said. "I'm sore today. I feel
good, no pain." ... Biggio served as the designated hitter and led
off the game with a single up the middle, after sitting out
Saturday with a sore shoulder.