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Colon beats Tribe by throwing complete game

4/18/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Bartolo Colon was used to the cold. He'd felt it
plenty of times when he pitched for the Cleveland Indians, so no
way would he let it affect him when he pitched against them.

"The weather doesn't bother me, especially against my
ex-teammates. Late in the game, I was just letting it go," Colon
said Friday night when he pitched his 20th career complete game in
his first home start for the Chicago White Sox.

Colon wasn't sharp, allowing nine hits, but he was still good
enough to finish the game as the White Sox rallied to beat the
Indians 5-3.

"Early in the game it was kind of freezing," Colon said of the
42-degree night in which he took the mound in short sleeves.

"As soon as we tied it, I felt more comfortable. The team
responded and I didn't want to let them down."

Colon (2-0), who spent 5½ years with the Indians before being
dealt to Montreal last season and subsequently coming to the White
Sox in another trade, struck out three and walked three in
Chicago's first complete game of the season.

"He did what he's capable of doing. He finished the game,"
Chicago catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. said.

Colon worked out of a final jam in the eighth, striking out
Travis Hafner with runners at first and third.

"It was the same Bartolo that we've seen," Indians shortstop
Omar Vizquel said. "Whenever he needed to turn it on, he just
turned it on."

Colon, a 20-game winner last season with 10 wins in Cleveland
and 10 more with the Expos, got a no-decision in his first
appearance against the Indians 10 days ago at Jacobs Field.

Acquiring him was Chicago's biggest offseason move.

"He was the most sought after pitcher in the industry," White
Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "It's huge, not just for tonight
but hopefully for later in the season. When he gets in trouble, he
can get the strikeout. He has enough left to go to another gear."

Magglio Ordonez's hard-hop single off reliever Jose Santiago's
glove scored D'Angelo Jimenez with the go-ahead run in the seventh
and foiled the Indians' strategy.

Jimenez walked and stole second before moving to third on Jose
Valentin's bunt. Billy Traber (0-1) then walked Frank Thomas
intentionally to set up a double play before Santiago relieved.

But Santiago couldn't handle the ball Ordonez hit right back at
him -- it was ruled a single-- and after he did pick it up, he threw
wildly past first.

"It flicked off his glove. The runners were moving, so who
knows how it would have played out," Indians manager Eric Wedge
said.

"But with us heading toward the bag at second base if that ball
gets through, we might have had somebody there and might still be
able to get the double play."

Cleveland starter Ricardo Rodriguez allowed five hits and three
runs in six innings, including Carlos Lee's game-tying homer in the
sixth.

On the second pitch after Lee's homer, Rodriguez uncorked a wild
and high fastball behind Joe Crede's head, bringing the White Sox
dugout to the top of the steps screaming at the Indians
right-hander.

Omar Vizquel doubled to start the fifth, moved to third on a
single by Brandon Phillips and scored as Karim Garcia hit into a
double play, giving the Indians a 3-2 lead.

Cleveland got a pair in the third on Josh Bard's double, single
by Casey Blake, RBI single by Vizquel and a sacrifice fly by Karim
Garcia.

Chicago tied it in the bottom of the inning as Jimenez tripled,
Jose Valentin singled him home and Ordonez hit an RBI double to
extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Valentin added a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.

Game notes
Thomas drew two walks, giving him 1,303 for his career and
allowing him to pass Luke Appling for the top spot in franchise
history. ... Indians CF Milton Bradley, who had his 14-game hitting
streak snapped Thursday night, sat out with a sore right hamstring.
...The Indians signed RHP Blake Stein to a minor-league contract
Friday and sent him to extended spring training. ... Vizquel is
4-for-8 against Colon.

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