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Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi White Sox won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 23
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Game 2: Saturday, June 24
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Game 3: Sunday, June 25
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Astros 10

(38-38, 13-20 away)

White Sox 9

(49-26, 29-11 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 25, 2006

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: F. Nieve (3-3)

    L: B. McCarthy (3-4)

    Iguchi sparks ChiSox rally, but 'Stros prevail in 13th

    CHICAGO (AP) -- This could have been a devastating loss for the Houston Astros, whose eight-run lead vanished in what seemed like an instant.

    Instead, they regrouped to avoid a three-game sweep in the World Series rematch and end Chicago's season-high nine-game win streak.

    Elias Says
    Tadahito Iguchi
    The White Sox comeback was sparked by the bat of Tadahito Iguchi, who hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and game-tying grand slam in the ninth. Iguchi is the sixth player in the last 25 years (1982-2006) to homer in both the eighth and ninth innings of a game that went to extra innings. All six of those players saw their efforts spoiled with a loss in the 11th inning or later.

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    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 Sox.

    "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 argue.

    "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 third."

    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 tie.

    The Astros led 6-1 after Mike Lamb and Lance Berkman each hit two-run homers during the fifth inning off Javier Vazquez, 9-1 after scoring three in the top of the seventh and 9-5 entering the ninth.

    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 leadoff single.

    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 for it."

    Fernando Nieve (3-3) struck out Paul Konerko to end the 12th and worked the 13th.

    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 for Houston.

    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 Andy Pettitte.

    On Saturday, Houston's Chad Qualls gave up a grand slam on his first pitch -- this time to Joe Crede, rather than Konerko.

    "A game like this, you just shake your head and say they're doing unbelievable things," Lidge said.

    Game notes


    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.

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