Garland pitched seven strong innings to join Dontrelle Willis as the only 10-game winners in the big leagues, and Rowand, the center fielder, made a key throw as well as a nice catch to lead the White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Garland (10-2) also got his first career RBI with a single to right field in a two-run second.
"Nothing feels any different," Garland said. "I just want to go out and give my team a chance. Things have been going my way this year and hopefully they'll continue to go that way."
The AL Central-leading White Sox, who at 41-19 have the best record in the majors, won their fourth straight and eighth in nine games. Dustin Hermanson, who was with the Padres from 1995-96, allowed a run on Brian Giles' RBI groundout in the ninth but recorded his 15th save in as many chances.
Giles drove in both runs for the NL West-leading Padres, who lost for the seventh time in nine games. They've scored only 19 runs in those nine games and have lost one more game so far in June than they did in May, when they went 22-6.
Garland allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one. He held the Padres hitless until Phil Nevin doubled into the right-field corner with one out in the fifth.
Giles homered to right-center on the first pitch he saw from Garland with one out in the seventh, his ninth, to pull the Padres to 3-1.
Two clutch plays by Rowand later in the inning kept the Padres from scoring more.
Nevin singled to left and Ramon Hernandez singled to center, with the ball deflecting off Rowand's glove enough for Nevin to try to take third, only to be thrown out by Rowand in a close play.
Nevin tossed his helmet aside and argued with umpire Marty Foster, and manager Bruce Bochy came out to argue, too, and was ejected.
"I'm not going to get very upset unless I'm right, and I was," Nevin said. "It came at a bad time."
Nevin said he didn't look at a replay. "I didn't have to. I'm going to feel him if he tags me," he said.
"I knew it was close," Bochy said. "It was a bang-bang play and you want it to go your way."
Rowand said the ball stayed down on him.
"When I looked up and saw he tried to go, I knew I had a chance to get him," Rowand said.
"The good thing is, Rowand never gives up," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He goes and gets the ball when he missed it and he throws the guy out."
Robert Fick then doubled into the right-field corner to move Hernandez to third, but Rowand made a nice diving catch of Khalil Greene's sinking liner to end the threat.
"I live and die by defense," Garland said. "Rowand picked me up huge."
In the White Sox seventh, A.J. Pierzynski homered off Woody Williams with two outs, his ninth. Joe Crede singled leading off the eighth to chase Williams and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Rudy Seanez.
The White Sox took a 2-0 lead against Williams (2-4) in the second, with the bottom of the order doing the damage.
With runners on first and third and two outs, No. 8 batter Crede singled to center to score Jermaine Dye, who had singled with one out. Crede had hit just .127 in his last 23 games. Garland then singled to right to score Uribe, who had reached on a fielder's choice.
Garland improved to 2-for-11 lifetime at the plate.
"I'm going to say I'm lucky," Garland said.
Williams allowed four runs and eight hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out one and walked none.
- Rowand went 0-for-4 to snap his career-high 13-game hitting streak, which had been the current longest in the majors.
- The White Sox are 22-11 on the road, best in the majors.
- White Sox scout Larry Grefer died Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., of complications from quintuple heart bypass surgery last weekend. He was a full-time area scout for 23 years and had been with the Sox since 1993. He scouted Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
- The White Sox's 40-man roster stands at 39 after they outrighted RHP Kris Honel to Double-A Birmingham.