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White Sox end Wickman's save streak with win in 11th

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- It's just June, a little early for celebrations. But the way the Chicago White Sox came tearing out of their dugout Saturday, it was apparent they were plenty excited over their latest victory.

Tadahito Iguchi hit a game-winning single off Cleveland Indians closer Bob Wickman past diving first baseman Ben Broussard as the White Sox rallied for two runs in the 11th and a 4-3 victory Saturday.

"When I first hit it, I thought it was going to be picked up, but halfway through trying to run my hardest I saw it had gone through," Iguchi said through a translator.

"I wanted to get my first major league walk-off hit and it was good it came at this time," Iguchi added. "This team never gives up. We know how to play baseball and we know how to play baseball to win."

The Indians took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 11th when Victor Martinez hit his second homer of the game.

In came Wickman (1-1), who was 8-for-8 this season and had the majors' longest current streak with 24 straight saves dating to last season. He couldn't close it out.

"I'll say one thing, I wasn't fooling anyone," Wickman said. "They put some pretty good at-bats on me and I didn't get the job done. We got the lead with Vic's home run and I came out there and blew it."

A.J. Pierzynski singled leading of the bottom of the 11th, moved up on Scott Podsednik's sacrifice and scored on Rob Mackowiak's tying RBI single to right.

Mackowiak went to second on the throw and then tried to score on Pablo Ozuna's RBI single to right. But Indians right fielder Casey Blake made a strong throw as Martinez blocked the plate with his left leg and Mackowiak was cut down for the second out.

Iguchi then delivered his single and Ozuna, who had moved to second on the play at the plate, scored easily as the White Sox raced from the dugout to celebrate.

"When he hit it, Broussard is pretty good over there so at first I thought he had a chance," Pierzynski said. "Once we saw it go through, we knew we had the game. It was big because we were down a couple of times and kept finding a way to come back. ... That's the way we won a lot of games last year."

Agustin Montero (1-0) got one out for his first major league win.

Martinez's ninth homer of the season was a solo shot to left with one out in the 11th off Matt Thornton. Martinez also homered in the sixth and had an RBI single in the first to drive in all the Indians' runs.

Martinez thought the Indians were on the way to a win after his second homer.

"That's what I had in my mind -- go out there and close the game and get the win," Martinez said. "Unfortunately, we didn't."

The White Sox tied the score in the eighth on a pinch-hit single by Podsednik off Fernando Cabrera with two outs.

Martinez's first homer and RBI single came off Chicago starter Mark Buehrle, who allowed six hits and two runs in eight-plus innings.

C.C. Sabathia, who allowed four hits in six innings and left with a 2-1 lead, got out of a none-out, bases-loaded jam in the sixth with just one run scoring on Paul Konerko's double-play grounder.

Sabathia and Buehrle, two of the AL's top left-handers, met for the eighth time in their careers and fourth time this season. Sabathia has a 5-0 record against Buehrle, including 2-0 in 2006.

Buehrle threw 29 pitches in the first inning, finally striking out Jhonny Peralta with the bases loaded after the Indians had scored on Martinez's RBI single. Martinez's grounder between shortstop and third came after Buehrle walked Jason Michaels and hit Travis Hafner with a pitch.

Notes

  • White Sox 3B Joe Crede was out of the starting lineup for a second straight game while recovering from back spasms. He said he received an epidural Friday. Crede had to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers when he hurt his back on a swing. "It's not as bad as last year.
  • It's just a spasm. Deal with it and move on," said Crede, who played the final three months last season with two herniated discs in his back.
  • Hafner had a baserunning gaffe in the third when he took off running with one out on Martinez's fly to right and was easily doubled up.
  • Martinez threw out only his fifth would-be base stealer all season when he got Ozuna in the third.
 
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Tadahito Iguchi's RBI single in the bottom of  the 11th brings home the winning run of the game.  (AP)
Tadahito Iguchi's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th brings home the winning run of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Iguchi
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

V. Martinez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5000002
Jason Michaels, LF4110102
Travis Hafner, DH3010101
Victor Martinez, C5233002
Eduardo Perez, 1B3010011
    Ben Broussard, 1B1000110
Casey Blake, RF4000102
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000014
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000011
Aaron Boone, 3B4020000
Totals373834415 
Batting
HR - Victor Martinez 2 (, Buehrle, Thornton)
RBI - Victor Martinez 3 ()
CS - Aaron Boone (, 2nd base by Buehrle/Widger)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Casey Blake 1
DP - A. Boone-Belliard-Perez, Belliard-Broussard
E - Jason Michaels (, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia 6411370
Fausto Carmona (H,) 1100210
Fernando Cabrera (BS,) 1211200
Rafael Betancourt 2000020
Bob Wickman (BS,; L,-) 0.2422000
IBB - Dye by C.C. Sabathia
HBP - Thome (by C.C. Sabathia)
WP - Fernando Cabrera ()
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 110-65, Fausto Carmona 30-19, Fernando Cabrera 30-17, Rafael Betancourt 22-18, Bob Wickman 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 7-2, Fausto Carmona 2-0, Rafael Betancourt 3-1, Bob Wickman 1-0
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 24, Fausto Carmona 6, Fernando Cabrera 6, Rafael Betancourt 6, Bob Wickman 5
Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, LF-3B6230023
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B6031001
Jim Thome, DH4000023
Paul Konerko, 1B3010100
    Ross Gload, PR-1B1000000
Jermaine Dye, RF4000121
Alex Cintron, 3B-SS4110102
Chris Widger, C1000211
   a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C1110100
Juan Uribe, SS2000011
   b- Scott Podsednik, PH-LF1011000
Brian Anderson, CF2000021
   c- Rob Mackowiak, PH-CF2011102
Totals37411371015 
a-walked (wild pitch) for Widger in the 8th
b-singled for Uribe in the 8th
c-walked for Anderson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (, Sabathia)
SH - Juan Uribe (), Scott Podsednik ()
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (), Scott Podsednik (), Rob Mackowiak ()
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (), Scott Podsednik ()
SB - Alex Cintron 2 (, 2nd base off Sabathia/Martinez, 2nd base off Cabrera/Martinez)
CS - Pablo Ozuna (, 2nd base by Sabathia/Martinez)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
DP - Dye-Konerko, Uribe-Konerko, Jenks-Cintron-Gload
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 8622431
Bobby Jenks 1.1100000
Matt Thornton 1.1111011
Agustin Montero (W,-) 0.1000000
HBP - Hafner (by Mark Buehrle)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 118-72, Bobby Jenks 12-7, Matt Thornton 20-15, Agustin Montero 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 8-10, Bobby Jenks 3-0, Matt Thornton 1-2
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 32, Bobby Jenks 4, Matt Thornton 5, Agustin Montero 1
Game Information
Attendance - 36265
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster