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Chicago sweeps Detroit; Central title back up for grabs?

CHICAGO (AP) -- The "Sweep! Sweep!" chant roared through the
sold-out stadium, reaching its crescendo as Bobby Jenks caught
Curtis Granderson looking at a nasty breaking ball to end the game.

Suddenly, the Chicago White Sox are charging toward first place
in the AL Central. And the Detroit Tigers are reeling.

The White Sox completed their jump back into contention on
Sunday when they finished off a three-game sweep of the Tigers with
a 7-3 victory and moved within 5½ games of the division leaders.

Freddy Garcia won for the first time in six weeks, Alex Cintron
drove in three runs and a White Sox team that was a season-high 10
games behind on Monday won its fourth straight.

"We're going to keep fighting to the end, whether it's in a
ballgame or whether it's in a pennant race," said Jermaine Dye,
who hit his 31st homer.

The Tigers, still with the best record in the majors, have lost
five in a row for the first time this year. Chicago is 9-3 against
Detroit this season, with the teams meeting seven more times.

"We got what we deserved this weekend," Tigers manager Jim
Leyland said.

Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez had to be restrained by teammate Carlos
Guillen after being ejected in the eighth inning. He argued when he
was called out on strikes, then charged from the dugout after being
tossed by plate umpire Tim Timmons. Rodriguez was ejected for the
first time this season.

"We need to refocus again and try to do the things that we did
the last couple of weeks," Rodriguez said.

Jenks relieved with two on and one out in the ninth. He closed
for his major league-leading 33rd save in 35 chances.

Cintron tripled and scored in the first and hit a three-run
double in the second. He is 13-for-31 with nine RBI and a
game-winning homer against the Tigers this season.

Dye homered leading off the eighth, and Brian Anderson added an
RBI single to make it 7-3.

Garcia (11-7) allowed three runs and eight hits, struck out six
and walked none in seven innings to earn his first victory since
beating Pittsburgh on June 28. He was 0-3 in his previous seven
starts.

Tigers starter Zach Miner (7-3) threw 113 pitches in 5 1-3
innings, allowing four runs and five hits.

Miner walked Anderson and Scott Podsednik to load the bases with
two out in the second, then hung an 0-2 pitch that Cintron hit
halfway up the wall in right for a double to break a 1-1 tie.

The Tigers scored a run in the third and another in the fourth
on back-to-back doubles by Craig Monroe and Sean Casey to make it
4-3.

The White Sox added a run in the seventh when Pablo Ozuna --
pinch-hitting for Podsednik -- singled past a drawn-in infield to
drive in Juan Uribe from third with one out.

The Tigers' Magglio Ordonez had three hits against his former
team and just missed a solo homer when he flied to the center-field
warning track in the fifth. Guillen had a pair of RBI singles, and
Casey had three hits.

Chicago went back to its championship formula in winning two of
three against the New York Yankees and taking all three against
Detroit: getting clutch hits, taking advantage of mistakes and
containing opposing hitters.

Jose Contreras pitched a three-hit shutout on Friday. The White
Sox scored four unearned runs in a 4-3 victory and the struggling
Mark Buehrle allowed three hits while striking out a season-high
seven Saturday.

"We're not going to go anywhere unless we pitch," first
baseman Paul Konerko said. "Our starting pitchers have a good
track record in their careers. ... Whatever they weren't doing the
last month or two or the whole season, they'll probably get back to
the way they normally would pitch."

The Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Guillen's single
up the middle.

The White Sox tied it in the bottom half, but a defense that
faltered the previous day saved a big inning.

With runners on second and third and one out, Granderson raced
back to snag Paul Konerko's liner to deep center and hung onto the
ball after stumbling. Cintron scored and Jim Thome moved to third.
Guillen, whose error led to three unearned runs in the fifth inning
on Saturday, then ranged deep into the hole at short and threw out
Dye at first to end the inning.

"They have to be tired playing like that everyday," Cintron
said of the Tigers. "Sooner or later, they're going to have a bad
week. They're going through that right now."

Game notes
Dye extended his hitting streak to 11 with a single to
center in the third. ... Cintron started at second base and batted
second for the White Sox, with Tadahito Iguchi getting the day off.
... Guillen committed his American League-leading 22nd error in the
fourth inning, when his throw to first after fielding Anderson's
grounder pulled Casey off the bag.