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Konerko (2 HRs) keeps ChiSox alive in playoff hunt

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox realize their postseason
hopes are just about gone. All they can do now is hope -- and keep
swinging the way they did on Sunday.

Paul Konerko hit two home runs and the White Sox tied a season
high with five total on their way to a 12-7 victory over the
Seattle Mariners.

"We're just trying to win our games here, maybe force something
crazy," Konerko said.

With their playoff hopes flickering, the defending World Series
champions won for the third time in 10 games.

Detroit beat Kansas City 11-4 Sunday to clinch a playoff spot
and eliminate the White Sox from the AL Central race. Chicago
remained 5½ games behind Minnesota, a 6-3 winner over Baltimore, in
the wild-card race.

Chicago finishes with three games at Cleveland followed by three
at Minnesota. Any combination of Twins victories and White Sox
losses totaling two will send Minnesota to the postseason.

"Hopefully, when we get there, we still have a chance,"
manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Brian Anderson homered leading off the third for the game's
first run. Konerko hit a two-run homer with two out in the fifth to
make it 4-1, and the next batter, Joe Crede, went deep off Seattle
starter Ryan Feierabend (0-1).

With a run in and one out in the seventh, Juan Uribe connected
off Joel Pineiro for his second career grand slam to make it 10-4.

Konerko's two-run shot off Francisco Cruceta in the eighth, his
35th homer of the season, gave Chicago a 12-6 lead. Chicago hit
five at Seattle on April 25.

"It's been a long road trip at the end of a grueling season,"
said Seattle manager Mike Hargrove, whose team went 6-5 on the
trip.

The White Sox were 57-31 at the All-Star break but are on the
brink of elimination because they have not been able to sustain any
momentum the last 2½ months. They won five straight in mid-August,
sweeping Detroit in the process, but have done little otherwise.

"We have to win the rest of our games," said Crede, who hit
his 30th homer. "We know it's possible."

The team gathered in front of the dugout after the game, and
Guillen tipped his hat.

"I think those fans really supported us," he said. "It's the
least we can do. I made those guys stay back on the field, to make
sure (the fans) know we appreciate them."

After holding both the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit to one hit
in eight shutout innings, Chicago's Freddy Garcia (16-9) allowed
four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He hit two batters with
pitches, walked one and struck out three.

The scoreless streak ended with one out in the fifth, when
Adrian Beltre singled in a run to cut Chicago's lead to 2-1.
Garcia's day ended when he allowed a three-run homer to Kenji
Johjima that pulled Seattle to 5-4 with two outs in the seventh.

Ben Broussard and Jose Lopez hit consecutive homers off Neal
Cotts in the eighth and Raul Ibanez homered in the ninth for
Seattle.

Feierabend lasted six innings in his first major league start,
allowing five runs and eight hits while striking out four and
walking three. Called up from Double-A San Antonio on September 8,
he pitched a combined six innings of scoreless relief against
Toronto and Kansas City and took the injured Jarrod Washburn's
start in the rotation.

"Definitely the long ball got to me today," Feierabend said.
"I made some mistakes and the mistakes got hit, a long ways as a
matter of fact."

Game notes
White Sox RHP Jose Contreras will miss the rest of the
season after leaving his last start with a strained right
hamstring, manager Ozzie Guillen said. Contreras (13-9) left
Friday's game against Seattle after 1 2-3 innings, when he
collapsed at first base and limped off the field. He was scheduled
to make one more start. ... With a crowd of 37,518, the White Sox
set their single-season attendance record with 2,957,414. The
previous mark was 2,934,154 in 1991, their first year at U.S.
Cellular Field. ... Jermaine Dye started in right field for Chicago
after leaving Saturday's 11-7 win with a tweaked left hamstring.
... Beltre, who left Saturday's game with a tight hamstring, has a
14-game hitting streak.