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Iguchi's grand slam erases deficit, White Sox still lose in 13th

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CHICAGO -- This could have been a devastating loss for the Houston Astros, whose eight-run lead vanished in what seemed like an instant.

Instead, they regrouped to avoid a three-game sweep in the World Series rematch and end Chicago's season-high nine-game win streak.

After Brad Lidge gave up a tying grand slam to Tadahito Iguchi with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday night, Willy Taveras' RBI single in the 13th sent the Astros to a 10-9 victory over the White Sox.

"It took everything we had to win the game tonight," Lidge said. "Thank goodness we were able to pull it out."

Adam Everett led off the 13th with a triple down the right-field line, off the glove of a diving Ross Gload. A fan also interfered, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen came out of the dugout to argue.

"All four umpires saw it the same way," Guillen said. "There wasn't much you could do about it. They thought he should be at third."

Manager Phil Garner was prepared to argue. But the triple stood.

"I was hoping he didn't make a mistake and tell me to go back to second," Everett said.

Taveras then singled to left off Brandon McCarthy (3-4) to break the tie.

The Astros led 6-1 after Mike Lamb and Lance Berkman each hit two-run homers during the fifth inning off Javier Vazquez, 9-1 after scoring three in the top of the seventh and 9-5 entering the ninth.

The Astros brought in Lidge, who gave up Scott Podsednik's game-ending homer in Game 2 of the World Series and the lone run in Game 4 on Jermaine Dye's RBI single in the eighth. And the White Sox delivered more heartache on Sunday after A.J. Pierzynski's leadoff single.

Things really came apart with two outs, when Alex Cintron singled and Podsednik walked to load the bases. Iguchi, who hit a three-run homer in the eighth, drilled a 1-1 pitch over the center-field wall to tie it at 9, bringing the crowd to its feet.

It was the second grand slam and second multihomer game of Iguchi's career. He had two homers, including a grand slam against the Chicago Cubs, on May 20, and the seven RBI set a career high.

It's the first time the White Sox hit grand slams in three consecutive games, and they became the first team to do so since the Detroit Tigers from Aug. 10-12, 1993. This was Chicago's biggest comeback since rallying from down 8-0 to beat the Cubs on June 28, 2002.

"(I) didn't have control," Lidge said. "I walked Podsednik; I was trying to throw him heaters away. But I was a little too low. The first fastball I threw to Iguchi, he was a little tardy on it, and I tried to rear back and throw it harder. ... He made us pay for it."

Fernando Nieve (3-3) struck out Paul Konerko to end the 12th and worked the 13th.

Astros starter Roy Oswalt allowed five hits, two runs and struck out seven in seven innings.

Lamb had two hits, scored three runs and drove in two, after delivering four hits in Saturday's 6-5, 10-inning loss. Berkman drove in three runs, and Everett had three hits and scored twice for Houston.

Vazquez allowed nine runs in six-plus innings in his worst outing since Aug. 14, when he surrendered nine in two innings for Arizona against Atlanta. He left trailing 7-1 with runners on first and third in the seventh after allowing a triple by Taveras and singles to Biggio and Lamb.

Everett led off the fifth with a double, but the White Sox were on the verge of escaping. Taveras sacrificed the runner, Biggio struck out and Lamb had an 0-2 count. He sent the next pitch an estimated 420 feet out to right to make it 4-1.

Burke then walked, and Berkman drove his 22nd homer out to center to make it 6-1.

Konerko homered leading off the seventh to take sole possession of second place on the White Sox's career list, ahead of Harold Baines. He has 19 this season and 222 with Chicago. Iguchi added a three-run shot in the eighth, and the comeback was on.

"This is something that we're going to have to continue to do," Iguchi said through an interpreter. "We lost in the end, but we definitely made a difference."

On Friday, Podsednik hit the first grand slam of his career off Andy Pettitte.

On Saturday, Houston's Chad Qualls gave up a grand slam on his first pitch -- this time to Joe Crede, rather than Konerko.

"A game like this, you just shake your head and say they're doing unbelievable things," Lidge said.

Notes

  • White Sox reliever David Riske dropped his appeal of a three-game suspension for hitting St. Louis' Chris Duncan with a pitch last week and began serving his punishment on Sunday. Riske and Guillen were ejected in the seventh inning of a 20-6 victory Tuesday night after the right-hander plunked Duncan. The benches had been warned after the Cardinals' Sidney Ponson hit two White Sox batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Riske and Guillen were fined an undisclosed amount. Guillen also served a one-game suspension.
  • OF Brian Anderson served the fifth of his five-game suspension for his role in the bench clearing brawl between the White Sox and Cubs on Sunday.
  • The White Sox set a franchise record with their 19th sellout. They sold out 18 games last year.
  • Astros RHP Brandon Backe threw 70 pitches over four innings in a simulated game Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field and is scheduled to begin a four-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday at Oklahoma City. Backe has been on the disabled list since April 14 with sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "I'm great," Backe said. "I'm sore today. I feel good, no pain."
  • Biggio served as the designated hitter and led off the game with a single up the middle, after sitting out Saturday with a sore shoulder.
 
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Brad Lidge tries to regain his composure after giving up the game-tying grand slam in the ninth.  (AP)
Brad Lidge tries to regain his composure after giving up the game-tying grand slam in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Iguchi
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 7
Houston

L. Berkman
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, DH7121033 .273
Mike Lamb, 1B5322201 .333
Chris Burke, 2B5210204 .319
Lance Berkman, RF5113112 .311
Morgan Ensberg, 3B5011113 .246
Preston Wilson, LF4012011 .283
    Eric Bruntlett, LF2020000 .293
Brad Ausmus, C6000004 .257
Adam Everett, SS6230000 .242
Willy Taveras, CF4121101 .267
Totals491015107619 
Batting
2B - Preston Wilson (10, Vazquez), Adam Everett (13, Vazquez)
3B - Adam Everett (2, McCarthy), Willy Taveras (3, Vazquez)
HR - Mike Lamb (6, Vazquez), Lance Berkman (22, Vazquez)
SF - Lance Berkman (7)
SH - Willy Taveras (6)
RBI - Craig Biggio (28), Mike Lamb 2 (20), Lance Berkman 3 (68), Morgan Ensberg (41), Preston Wilson 2 (41), Willy Taveras (17)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lamb 2 (11), Lance Berkman 2 (21), Preston Wilson 2 (19)
SB - Willy Taveras 2 (12, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski, 2nd base off McCarthy/Pierzynski)
CS - Adam Everett (2, 2nd base by Vazquez/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - Taveras-Ensberg
E - Lance Berkman (4, misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt 7522171 3.26
Russ Springer0333001 4.15
Dan Wheeler 1000000 4.09
Brad Lidge 1344111 5.55
Chad Qualls 2.1100000 4.12
Trever Miller 0.1000010 4.09
Fernando Nieve (W,3-3) 1.1100010 4.61
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 108-77, Russ Springer 13-9, Dan Wheeler 9-6, Brad Lidge 22-14, Chad Qualls 30-24, Trever Miller 4-3, Fernando Nieve 25-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 4-9, Dan Wheeler 1-2, Brad Lidge 1-1, Chad Qualls 4-3, Fernando Nieve 3-0
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 26, Russ Springer 3, Dan Wheeler 3, Brad Lidge 7, Chad Qualls 8, Trever Miller 1, Fernando Nieve 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5221111 .256
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5227100 .291
Jim Thome, DH6000042 .280
Paul Konerko, 1B6121010 .315
Jermaine Dye, RF3000000 .296
   a- Ross Gload, PH-RF3000000 .264
A.J. Pierzynski, C6110010 .321
Joe Crede, 3B3010000 .307
    Pablo Ozuna, 3B2010001 .425
    Juan Uribe, PR-SS1010000 .226
Rob Mackowiak, CF5110023 .273
Alex Cintron, SS-3B5220012 .276
Totals5091392109 
a-flied out for Dye in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Konerko (15, Oswalt), Rob Mackowiak (8, Oswalt)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (8, Springer, Lidge), Paul Konerko (19, Oswalt)
SH - Rob Mackowiak (2)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (29), Tadahito Iguchi 7 (37), Paul Konerko (60)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (15), Tadahito Iguchi 4 (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Crede-Iguchi-Konerko, Iguchi-Cintron-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez 61099232 5.00
Agustin Montero 3100110 5.54
Neal Cotts 0.1100100 3.07
Bobby Jenks 1.2000210 2.62
Brandon McCarthy (L,3-4) 2311110 4.46
IBB - Lamb by Bobby Jenks, Lamb by Brandon McCarthy
WP - Agustin Montero (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 95-61, Agustin Montero 32-17, Neal Cotts 9-5, Bobby Jenks 17-8, Brandon McCarthy 41-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 5-9, Agustin Montero 4-3, Bobby Jenks 2-1, Brandon McCarthy 1-4
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 29, Agustin Montero 10, Neal Cotts 3, Bobby Jenks 6, Brandon McCarthy 10
Game Information
Attendance - 38516
Game Time - 4:25
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh