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White Sox ace Garland first in majors to 15 wins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Jon Garland saw the way Tim Wakefield's knuckleball was moving early in the game and figured it could be a tough night for his Chicago White Sox teammates to score runs.

"It was pretty impressive what he was doing those first couple of innings. I just tried to go out there and match him. I just saw some of the swings some of our guys were taking. His ball was dancing," Garland said.

"I just wanted to keep us in the game."

Garland did just that Friday night against the Boston Red Sox and became the major league's first 15-game winner.

He kept it close before A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hit two-out, three-run homers in the sixth off Wakefield as the White Sox won 8-4.

"Wakefield is a guy you can't explain until you stand in there and try and hit it. It's amazing," Pierzynski said.

"The ball moves one way or the other every time. And you just hope he makes a mistake and you can somehow hit it. I fouled off some tough ones and he made a mistake and luckily for me I hit it in the right spot and it got up and got out.

"I think I heard the whole crowd give a big sigh of relief. It was a really tense and a tight game."

Garland (15-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, including Johnny Damon's solo homer in the seventh, and pitched out of several jams as the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak. They have not lost four in a row this season.

"I've always had it (confidence) in myself. There are a lot of people who don't think it," Garland said of reaching 15 victories after winning 12 in each of the previous three seasons.

"Things are coming together. I'm making the right pitch at the right time, getting runs when runs are needed and timely defense."

Pierzynski's 13th homer followed singles by Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko and broke a 1-1 tie. He hit a 2-2 pitch after falling into an 0-2 hole.

"It got away in a hurry," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "Pierzynski's at-bat, we're in a 1-1 game and Wakefield looked terrific. He fouled off some good pitches and finally got to one. Before you know it, they spread it out."

After Joe Crede and Timo Perez singled, Uribe lifted his eighth homer to left, putting the White Sox up by six runs in what had been a pitchers' duel.

Wakefield (8-9) surrendered nine hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, losing his sixth straight start against the White Sox.

"I thought I threw a good pitch to Pierzynski, but it just found his barrel," Wakefield said. "After that my job is to get another out and I wasn't able to do that. The wheels just fell off for me in the sixth."

Wakefield retired the first 10 batters before Rowand hit his second homer in as many nights to tie the game 1-1 in the fourth. Konerko, who had singled and moved to second on a walk, then tried to score on Crede's single to left, but Manny Ramirez easily threw him out at the plate.

Boston got a two-out run in the fourth off Garland as Ramirez walked and Trot Nixon and Kevin Millar followed with singles.

Boston had first and third and no outs in the fifth after singles by Bill Mueller and Tony Graffanino, but Garland pitched out of it, getting Damon and Edgar Renteria on popouts and then inducing a long fly to center from David Ortiz.

"Back-to-back, Damon and Renteria, he made two great pitches," Francona said.

"I was going to concede a run to get two outs," Garland said. "I made some good pitches and jammed some guys and popped them up and it worked out in my favor."

The Red Sox also put runners at first and second with one out in the sixth before Garland fanned Doug Mirabelli and got Mueller to fly out to center.

The White Sox restored the lead to six in the seventh when Scott Podsednik singled, stole his major league-leading 50th base, went to third on catcher Mirabelli's throwing error and scored on Rowand's sacrifice fly.

Boston's Adam Stern hit his first major-league homer, a two-run shot, in the ninth.

Notes

  • White Sox RF Jermaine Dye was out of the lineup a second straight day, recovering from infected insect bites on his leg.
  • A beautiful 77-degree night is forecast to be followed by a searing heat wave. The projected temperature for Sunday's series finale is 100.
  • Former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, a Hall of Famer, caught the ceremonial first pitch from Mr. T as part of a promotion. Fisk, who entered the Hall with a Boston cap, will have a statue honoring him unveiled next month at U.S. Cellular Field.
 
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Jon Garland gets out of several jams and gives up just two runs in winning his 15th game. (AP)
Jon Garland gets out of several jams and gives up just two runs in winning his 15th game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Garland
IP 6.2
H 7
ER 2
BB 3
K 5
Boston

T. Graffanino
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF4111013 .339
    Adam Stern, CF1112000 .333
Edgar Renteria, SS4000002 .277
    Alex Cora, SS1000000 .200
David Ortiz, DH4000112 .302
Manny Ramirez, LF2100200 .278
    Adam Hyzdu, LF0000000 .125
   a- John Olerud, PH1000001 .286
Trot Nixon, RF3020101 .297
Kevin Millar, 1B3011111 .272
Doug Mirabelli, C4010035 .221
Bill Mueller, 3B4010003 .281
Tony Graffanino, 2B4120011 .302
Totals354945719 
a-flied out for Hyzdu in the 9th
Batting
HR - Johnny Damon (6, Garland), Adam Stern (1, Hermanson)
RBI - Johnny Damon (46), Adam Stern 2 (2), Kevin Millar (35)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar (8)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Manny Ramirez 1
E - Adam Hyzdu (1, misplayed fly ball), Doug Mirabelli (2, throwing error)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (L,8-9) 5.2977123 4.42
Mike Myers 0.1110010 2.45
Jeremi Gonzalez 2000000 5.16
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 98-64, Mike Myers 13-9, Jeremi Gonzalez 30-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 5-9, Jeremi Gonzalez 2-5
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 26, Mike Myers 2, Jeremi Gonzalez 7
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4110000 .293
Aaron Rowand, CF3222000 .293
Carl Everett, DH4000011 .261
Paul Konerko, 1B4120000 .254
    Ross Gload, 1B0000000 .154
A.J. Pierzynski, C3113100 .244
Joe Crede, 3B4120002 .252
Timo Perez, RF4110000 .247
Juan Uribe, SS4113001 .233
Willie Harris, 2B3000020 .205
Totals338108134 
Batting
HR - Aaron Rowand (7, Wakefield), A.J. Pierzynski (13, Wakefield), Juan Uribe (8, Wakefield)
SF - Aaron Rowand (3)
RBI - Aaron Rowand 2 (40), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (39), Juan Uribe 3 (46)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 3 (24), Juan Uribe 3 (15)
SB - Scott Podsednik (50, 3rd base off Gonzalez/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Harris-Uribe-Konerko
PB - A.J. Pierzynski (7)
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,15-4) 6.2722351 3.19
Damaso Marte 0.2000100 2.54
Bobby Jenks 0.2000020 6.23
Dustin Hermanson 1222101 1.95
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 117-82, Damaso Marte 18-9, Bobby Jenks 9-7, Dustin Hermanson 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 3-11, Damaso Marte 2-0, Dustin Hermanson 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 29, Damaso Marte 3, Bobby Jenks 2, Dustin Hermanson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37511
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Paul Nauert