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White Sox win on incident-free night

9/21/2002

CHICAGO (AP) -- A night after a father and son came out of the stands to attack a Kansas City coach, there were no security problems at Comiskey Park Friday.

Carlos Lee hit a three-run homer and drove in another run Friday
night as the Chicago White Sox took advantage of Rick Reed's early exit to beat the Minnesota Twins 10-2.

"We got a good response tonight. A lot of fans came out and
they got to see a good performance,'' said Aaron Rowand, who signed
autographs during a 20-minute rain delay in the third inning.
"Danny Wright threw the heck out of the ball, and we swung the
bats pretty well behind him.''

The crowd of 16,128 appeared to be well-behaved, with no visible
fights or problems. The fans gave a loud cheer as the White Sox
took the field, and no boos were heard all night.

"We were witness to something strange'' Thursday, said Jose Valentin, who hit a solo homer. "You've got to come here and be focused and take care of business, which is baseball for us.''

The White Sox scored nine of their runs off Twins relievers after Reed left the game in the fifth inning as a precaution with a knee injury. He slid on the wet mound as he warmed up in the fourth inning.

"I'm fine,'' Reed said. "No soreness. I was checked out and was A-OK.''

Dan Wright (13-12) had another strong outing, giving up two runs
and five hits in eight innings. It was his third straight win and
fifth in six starts.

Mike Ryan went 0-for-4 for Minnesota in his official major
league debut. On Thursday night at Detroit, he hit two singles,
scored two runs and drove in two runs -- all in the first inning.
But the game was rained out after two innings with Minnesota ahead
9-0.

"The baseball gods work in strange ways,'' he said.

Juan Rincon (0-2) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and seven
hits in just 1 1/3 innings.

"Good ballgame for the White Sox, not so good for us,'' Twins
manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Reed, whose 15 victories lead the Twins, left in the fifth
inning. Rincon replaced him and immediately got into trouble.

Lee drew a leadoff walk and Joe Crede followed with a single.
Aaron Rowand then laid down a perfect bunt along the third-base
line, beating out the throw to load the bases.

One out later, D'Angelo Jimenez hit a grounder back to the mound
that ricocheted off Rincon's leg. Rincon grabbed the ball on the
run and threw wildly to home, the ball sailing way over catcher Tom
Prince's head as Lee scored.

Crede scored on the error, giving Chicago a 3-2 lead.

The White Sox tacked on three more in the sixth. With one out,
Magglio Ordonez singled, advancing to third when Corey Koskie
overthrew on Paul Konerko's single.

Lee hit an RBI single, and Crede followed with a run-scoring
single off the center-field wall. Bob Wells relieved Rincon, but
Rowand made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly.

"It really didn't matter,'' Rowand said of Reed's departure.
"No matter who was out there, we were going to swing the bats
well. It was just one of those nights for us.''

Wells finally got the Twins out of the inning when he retired Mark Johnson on a popup, but the White Sox still weren't done with the Twins bullpen. With two outs in the seventh, Konerko hit an RBI single and Lee followed with a three-run homer. It was Lee's 25th homer of the year, a career high.

Game notes
The Twins are one game shy of reaching 90 wins for the
first time since 1992. ... Wright is 8-4 since the All-Star break.
... Michael Cuddyer's fifth-inning double was the 329th of the
season for the Twins, best in the majors. ... The no decision was
Reed's first since July 12. ... The game was delayed by rain for 20
minutes in the middle of the third inning.