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ChiSox's 10-run sixth gives Garland his 11th win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's biggest inning in five years made Jon Garland the American League's first 11-game winner.

Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko hit three-run homers and Frank Thomas added a solo shot in a 10-run sixth inning to lead Chicago to a 12-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Jermaine Dye also homered for the White Sox (43-22) who overcame a 6-1 deficit to extend the best record in the major leagues.

Despite a sub-par performance, Garland improved to 11-2.

"I probably shouldn't have but it worked out to my advantage," he said. "The guys came up big with the bats and they were hitting the ball well."

Especially in the sixth when the White Sox sent 13 hitters to the plate in their biggest inning since April 18, 2000, when they scored 11 runs against Seattle.

"It kind of (happened) out of nowhere," Konerko said. "We weren't really doing too much with the bats the last couple of days, but I really don't know where it was other than we just busted out. We hadn't really had an inning like that all year, so it came at the right time."

Garland gave up six earned runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked three. He lasted just long enough to take advantage of the big inning.

"Early this year when I have been missing I have been missing away from the plate; today I missed over the plate with a lot of stuff. They got me," said Garland, who gave up a season-high three home runs.

Tony Clark hit a three-run homer and Kelly Stinnett and Chad Tracy added solo shots for Arizona, which couldn't complete the three-game sweep.

"We've got to finish it out, we didn't. We gave up a big inning. Ten runs is a big inning," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

Trailing 6-1, the White Sox got one run in the fifth on a two-out double by Joe Crede and an error by third baseman Troy Glaus.

In the sixth, the White Sox hit the three homers and scored 10 runs to take a 12-6 lead.

Thomas homered off starter Russ Ortiz (4-6) with one out in the sixth, his fourth in just 21 at-bats since returning from a foot injury.

Poor defense from Arizona contributed to the big inning that followed.

With another run in and two runners on, A.J. Pierzynski hit a grounder to shortstop Royce Clayton who made a nice stab but overthrew Craig Counsell covering at second and one run scored.

With the infield in, Crede hit a grounder to Clayton. Dye, the runner on third, stopped halfway to home. Clayton appeared confused where to throw the ball, pumped toward home and then first, and Dye scored without a throw, tying the game at 6.

Clayton said a wet ball factored into the problems.

"I should've went with my first instinct and thrown the ball home," he said. "I didn't think I had much of a chance (at first) with the ball conditions, getting a grip on the ball and throwing across the diamond to get Crede."

Uribe then finished off Ortiz with a three-run shot to left for a 9-6 lead.

Melvin thought a lot of bad luck had to do with Ortiz's struggles.

"He gives up three ground balls. He should be out of the inning," Melvin said. "It happened in a hurry and it looked like he made some decent pitches there."

Tadahito Iguchi kept the inning alive with a two-out triple off reliever Claudio Vargas. Thomas walked and Konerko followed with his three-run homer, his 17th, for the 12-6 lead.

Tracy had two hits and was 7-for-13 in the series.

Clark's homer was his 11th of the season and gave Arizona a 6-1 lead.

Ortiz gave up nine runs, seven earned, and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He has lost his last four decisions and has not won since May 18 at Houston.

Notes

  • Aaron Rowand robbed Luis Gonzalez of an extra-base hit with a running catch against the center field wall in the first.
  • Konerko extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • Clark had 16 home runs last season for the Yankees.
  • The last time the White Sox hit three home runs in an inning was June 8, 2004, against Philadelphia.
  • Thomas left the game early with a cramp. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen thought Thomas could have stayed in the game if it was closer.
 
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Paul Konerko's three-run shot is one of three White Sox homers in the sixth inning. (AP)
Paul Konerko's three-run shot is one of three White Sox homers in the sixth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Uribe
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B5110010 .288
Chad Tracy, 1B5121000 .297
Luis Gonzalez, LF3001011 .304
Troy Glaus, 3B3110102 .270
Tony Clark, DH4113021 .352
Shawn Green, RF3010110 .282
Jose Cruz Jr., CF4000022 .220
Kelly Stinnett, C4111002 .263
Royce Clayton, SS3100110 .224
Totals34676388 
Batting
HR - Chad Tracy (7, Garland), Tony Clark (11, Garland), Kelly Stinnett (2, Garland)
RBI - Chad Tracy (28), Luis Gonzalez (47), Tony Clark 3 (36), Kelly Stinnett (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (9), Tony Clark 3 (19)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Royce Clayton (5, wild throw), Troy Glaus (9, misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Russ Ortiz (L,4-6) 5.1797133 5.88
Claudio Vargas 0.2233101 10.80
Greg Aquino 1100000 30.86
Jose Valverde 1000120 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Russ Ortiz 93-60, Claudio Vargas 21-12, Greg Aquino 16-10, Jose Valverde 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Russ Ortiz 10-6, Claudio Vargas 1-1, Greg Aquino 1-2, Jose Valverde 1-0
Batters Faced - Russ Ortiz 27, Claudio Vargas 5, Greg Aquino 4, Jose Valverde 4
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4000101 .286
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5110021 .286
Frank Thomas, DH3211110 .333
   a- Timo Perez, PH-DH1000011 .206
Paul Konerko, 1B4223101 .251
Aaron Rowand, CF4110011 .282
Jermaine Dye, RF4222000 .258
A.J. Pierzynski, C4100000 .256
Joe Crede, 3B4221000 .241
Juan Uribe, SS4113001 .247
Totals37121010356 
a-struck out for Thomas in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Crede 2 (10, Ortiz, Aquino)
3B - Tadahito Iguchi (3, Vargas)
HR - Frank Thomas (4, Ortiz), Paul Konerko (17, Vargas), Jermaine Dye (12, Ortiz), Juan Uribe (5, Ortiz)
RBI - Frank Thomas (5), Paul Konerko 3 (45), Jermaine Dye 2 (31), Joe Crede (26), Juan Uribe 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko 3 (16), Jermaine Dye (12)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,11-2) 6666343 3.61
Neal Cotts 1.2100030 2.10
Cliff Politte 1.1000010 1.42
HBP - Gonzalez (by Neal Cotts)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 94-58, Neal Cotts 34-23, Cliff Politte 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 10-4, Neal Cotts 1-1, Cliff Politte 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Neal Cotts 7, Cliff Politte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 24499
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Doug Eddings