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White Sox jump all over Wickman, rally past Indians

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Bob Wickman was consistent: Pretty much everything he threw turned into a hit.

Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit consecutive home runs off Wickman as the Chicago White Sox rallied with four runs in the ninth inning Wednesday to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3.

"He just didn't have it today," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. "The ball was up a little bit and a couple of good hitters got on them."

Kevin Millwood pitched six scoreless innings in his debut for the Indians but was done in by Wickman (0-1), who inherited a 3-0 lead from Arthur Rhodes and was trying to complete a five-hit shutout. Wickman allowed hits to his first four batters over a span of just eight pitches, then made an error.

Wickman was the Indians' most reliable reliever last year in his second stint as their closer. He had saved 12 in a row stretching to last season.

"I throw strikes and today, obviously, it hurt me," Wickman said.

Carl Everett took a strike, then singled, and Konerko homered to left on a 1-0 pitch. After swinging and missing the next pitch, Dye homered to left-center to tie it.

"In that situation his job is to come after me and throw a strike, make me swing the bat," Konerko said. "I'm not trying to hit a home run. I'm just trying to get a base hit and keep the rally going."

Aaron Rowand took a ball, then doubled, and A.J. Pierzynski was intentionally walked.

Pinch-hitter Willie Harris' bunt was misplayed by Wickman for an error that loaded the bases, and Juan Uribe flied to right as Rowand tagged up and scored from third to win the game on the sacrifice fly.

Chicago had 46 comeback wins last year, including four after trailing in the ninth inning.

"We've got a group of guys just like last year," Harris said. "We're not going to roll over."

Damaso Marte (1-0) got the last two outs in the top of the ninth for the win.

"Winning a game like this where we hadn't swung real well in two days, I think it got the guys pumped up," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I bet they can't wait for tomorrow to start."

Signed to a $7 million, one-year contract during the offseason, Millwood allowed four hits, struck out one and walked two as his fastball reached 94 mph. He was trying for his 99th career win, his first in the American League.

"Nothing was working a lot," Millwood said. "I didn't locate very well at all. It just seemed like I was able to make a pitch when I needed to, and that kind of got me through it."

Last year, he went 9-6 with a 4.85 ERA for Philadelphia, and the condition of his elbow was a concern to the Indians, who put special clauses in his contract to reduce their risk.

Freddy Garcia, acquired by Chicago from Seattle last season, gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out six and walked three. He threw 109 pitches.

Cleveland went ahead in the second when Grady Sizemore singled and scored on a Ronnie Belliard double. Garcia walked Victor Martinez in the third, and he took third on Ben Broussard's double and scored on a balk.

Notes

  • The announced attendance was 10,520 and the crowd looked even smaller. The teams drew 38,141 for Monday's opener.
  • The White Sox are 2-0 for the first time since 1999.
  • Under Guillen, the team is 24-7 at home in one-run games.
  • Millwood hadn't gone six innings since July 31 last season.
 
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Jermaine Dye (right) gets a hand from Aaron Rowand after belting the game-tying home run. (AP)
Jermaine Dye (right) gets a hand from Aaron Rowand after belting the game-tying home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Coco Crisp, LF5000002 .111
Alex Cora, SS5020012 .333
Travis Hafner, DH4021121 .333
Victor Martinez, C2100301 .200
Ben Broussard, 1B4010115 .143
Aaron Boone, 3B4000025 .000
Casey Blake, RF4000031 .000
Grady Sizemore, CF4110001 .200
Ron Belliard, 2B4121011 .286
Totals3638251019 
Batting
2B - Alex Cora (1, Cotts), Travis Hafner (1, Marte), Ben Broussard (1, Garcia), Ron Belliard (1, Garcia)
RBI - Travis Hafner (1), Ron Belliard (1)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (1)
SB - Casey Blake (1, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Grady Sizemore (1, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Ron Belliard (1, 2nd base off Marte/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Boone-Belliard-Broussard, A. Boone-Belliard-Broussard
E - Bob Wickman (1, wild throw)
Cleveland Indians
Kevin Millwood 6400210 0.00
Matt Miller (H,1) 0.2000000 0.00
Arthur Rhodes (H,1) 1.1100020 0.00
Bob Wickman (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1444102108.00
IBB - Pierzynski by Bob Wickman
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 88-49, Matt Miller 8-6, Arthur Rhodes 19-15, Bob Wickman 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 3-12, Matt Miller 1-1, Arthur Rhodes 2-0, Bob Wickman 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 22, Matt Miller 2, Arthur Rhodes 5, Bob Wickman 7
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4010001 .143
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3010112 .143
Carl Everett, DH3110101 .167
Paul Konerko, 1B4122013 .571
Jermaine Dye, RF4111001 .286
Aaron Rowand, CF4110000 .143
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010100 .333
Joe Crede, 3B3000001 .000
   a- Willie Harris, PH0000000 .000
Juan Uribe, SS3011010 .167
Totals31494339 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Crede in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (1, Millwood), Aaron Rowand (1, Wickman), A.J. Pierzynski (1, Millwood)
HR - Paul Konerko (1, Wickman), Jermaine Dye (1, Wickman)
SF - Juan Uribe (1)
SH - Willie Harris (1)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (2), Jermaine Dye (1), Juan Uribe (1)
SB - Tadahito Iguchi (1, 2nd base off Millwood/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Joe Crede (1, misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia 6522360 3.00
Neal Cotts 1100110 0.00
Luis Vizcaino 1.1111010 6.75
Damaso Marte (W,1-0) 0.2100120 0.00
IBB - Martinez by Neal Cotts, Martinez by Damaso Marte
WP - Neal Cotts (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 109-58, Neal Cotts 23-13, Luis Vizcaino 12-11, Damaso Marte 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 8-5, Neal Cotts 2-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 27, Neal Cotts 5, Luis Vizcaino 5, Damaso Marte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10520
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Terry Craft, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Rick Reed