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A-Rod's throwing error opens door for White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez rushed another throw and in a
hurry, the New York Yankees were in trouble.

The Chicago White Sox took advantage of two key errors and beat
the Yankees 5-4 Thursday night, and winning two of three from the
AL East leaders.

"It's good," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every
series for us is big. Hopefully, we'll win it. That's our wish.
That's what we're working for. Hopefully, we'll continue to do
that."

The Yankees tried to rally in the ninth inning, putting two
runners on with two outs. Bobby Jenks got Johnny Damon on a
groundout for his 31st save in 33 chances.

Javier Vazquez got his 100th career win in a game that started
after a rain delay of nearly 1½ hours.

Tadahito Iguchi had his second straight three-hit game and Scott
Podsednik broke a 1-for-14 slump with RBI singles in the second and
sixth innings. The Yankees had their chances, too, but left nine
runners in scoring position.

Rodriguez, recently plagued by wild throws, made his 19th error
of the season and left fielder Melky Cabrera let a ball get past
him, helping the White Sox score four times in the second inning.

"It's just frustrating," Rodriguez said. "You can't give
those guys extra outs."

Chicago moved into second place in the AL Central, a half-game
ahead of Minnesota and 8½ behind Detroit, which visits U.S.
Cellular Field this weekend.

"We have (10) games against the Tigers," Vazquez said. "I
know they're playing great, but we can't concentrate on them. We
know that if we play good baseball from here on, we might have a
chance."

The Yankees' Jason Giambi hit a two-run homer in the third after
missing Wednesday's game with a bruised right elbow. Cabrera added
a two-run homer in the seventh.

Damon led off the game with a double down the left-field line
and made a sliding catch on Paul Konerko's line drive to end the
bottom half. He left Wednesday night's game with a stiff right
groin.

Vazquez (11-6) struggled through five innings after striking out
a season-high 13 against Toronto in his previous start. He allowed
two runs and six hits, threw 111 pitches, struck out eight and
walked a season-high six.

Reliever Neal Cotts left after Bobby Abreu's single put runners
on first and third with one out in the sixth. Brandon McCarthy came
in, and Rodriguez popped to Alex Cintron in shallow left.

Cintron then tossed the ball to third baseman Joe Crede, who
fired the ball to first trying to double off Abreu. Umpire Eric
Cooper called him safe, Guillen came out of the dugout and was
quickly ejected. Fans chanted "Ozzie! Ozzie!" as the White Sox
manager vehemently protested. Guillen also stopped to have words
with plate umpire Bill Miller on his way to the dugout.

McCarthy struck out Giambi to end the inning, and the White Sox
made it 5-2 in the bottom half on Brian Anderson's two-out double
and Podsednik's second RBI single.

Mike Mussina (13-5) lost his second in a row after winning five
consecutive decisions, allowing five runs (three earned) and eight
hits in six innings.

Mussina didn't help his cause when he hit Jermaine Dye in the
right hand leading off the second inning, but the defense faltered,
Podsednik singled in a run, and just like that the White Sox had a
4-0 lead.

"It's tough with a team that good to give them that many
outs," Mussina said. "Nothing good is going to happen when you
give them four, five outs like that."

Dye moved to second when A.J. Pierzynski singled, and the
defense unraveled from there.

Crede hit a grounder to third base, but Rodriguez hurried his
throw to second and the ball sailed into right field. That allowed
Dye to score the game's first run and put runners on the corners.

Crede and Pierzynski scored when Cabrera misplayed Cintron's
single, allowing the ball to roll to the corner. Cintron took
second and scored the fourth run on Podsednik's one-out single.

"I just tried to get two," Rodriguez said. "Looking back on
it, I probably should have gotten the one."

Game notes
Abreu stole his 15th consecutive base -- and 24th this
season -- when he swiped second in the third inning. ... With Juan
Uribe out of the lineup for the fifth straight game with a stiff
lower back, Cintron started at shortstop for the White Sox. ...
Guillen's ejection was the eighth of his career and third this
season.