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Chicago's Lee homers in his fifth straight game

4/21/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ellis Burks and Karim Garcia each homered twice
Monday as the Cleveland Indians won for the second straight day,
beating the Chicago White Sox 9-2.

Carlos Lee went deep in his fifth straight game, matching a club
record. But it wasn't enough to catch the Indians, who have won two
straight for the first time since the season-opening series against
Baltimore.

Milton Bradley also drove in two runs, and Jake Westbrook (1-2)
got his first victory as a starter since July 25, 2001.

Westbrook didn't have his best outing, allowing two runs and six
hits in 5 2/3 innings. But he didn't need to be sharp -- not with
the way his teammates were picking on Chicago's pitchers.

The Indians roughed Jon Garland (0-2) up early, tagging him for
five runs and five hits in just 2 2/3 innings. Garcia got it
started with a two-run homer in the first inning, and Bradley added
a two-run double in the second.

Burks made it 5-0 with his first homer, a solo shot, in the
third. Garland was relieved after he walked Casey Blake, with White
Sox fans jeering as he left the mound.

But Rick White didn't fare much better. Omar Vizquel hit an RBI
triple in the fourth inning, and Burks led off the fifth with his
second homer of the day. It was the 22nd two-homer game of Burks'
career.

Garcia hit another two-run shot in the ninth off White Sox
closer Billy Koch for his fifth career multihomer game.

The White Sox offense didn't give their pitchers much help,
either. Chicago was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position
through the first five innings, stranding a runner at third in both
the first and second innings.

Lee finally spoiled the shutout in the sixth. Magglio Ordonez
led off the inning with a double, extending his hitting streak to
17 games. Two outs later, Lee sent the first pitch from Westbrook
soaring toward left field. Matt Lawton jumped, but the ball just
cleared his glove and landed in the White Sox bullpen.

"It's not like I'm trying," said Lee, who finished 1-for-4.
"I'm just trying to put some good swings on the ball and the ball
is going out."

Lee joined Frank Thomas, who did it twice in 1994, and Greg
Luzinski and Ron Kittle, who homered in five straight games in
1983.

"It's got to be an accomplishment to be up there with all those
all-timers," Lee said. "All I want to do is have good at-bats."

The major league record for most consecutive games with a home
run is eight, and it's shared by three players. Dale Long did it in
1956, Don Mattingly in 1987 and Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

Game notes

Ordonez's hitting streak is the current longest in the
majors. It also matches his career high. ... White Sox 2B D'Angelo Jimenez drew a walk in the first inning, reaching base safely for
the 16th straight game. ... Indians 3B coach Joel Skinner was not with the club because of a personal matter.