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Sabathia whiffs 11, Garko drives in five as Indians top White Sox

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CLEVELAND -- The only guy C.C. Sabathia didn't fire one past was his manager.

Sabathia tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over eight innings and Ryan Garko homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 6-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Sabathia (12-11) couldn't convince manager Eric Wedge to let him try for his seventh complete game and third shutout of the season.

"I was pleading hard," Sabathia said. "As soon as I finished the eighth I looked at him. We talked a long time. I said, 'See if anybody gets on,' but he said no."

Wedge wouldn't budge despite seeing his ace left-hander allow only four hits without a walk, retiring the last 10 batters he faced in his final outing of 2006.

"He was lobbying hard and it's not easy taking a guy out, but he made over 120 pitches," Wedge said. "It was the wise thing to do.

"C.C. was outstanding. Not completing it takes nothing away from his performance."

Sabathia lowered his ERA to 3.22, third-best in the AL, and improved to 4-0 this season and 12-3 in his career against the White Sox. He also reached double digits in strikeouts for the third time this season and eighth time in his career.

"I felt this year was the best I've ever pitched," said Sabathia, who at age 26 has a 81-56 career record.

Chicago starter Javier Vazquez (11-11) struck out 12, surpassing 10 in a game for the fourth time in five September starts. But the right-hander dropped to 0-5 in eight starts since beating the New York Yankees on Aug. 10. He allowed six runs, six hits and two walks over seven innings.

Chicago lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

"The effort was good, but the way C.C. pitched it didn't matter," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He was dominating from the beginning. The kid is always good against us."

The loss continued a second-half skid by the 2005 World Series champions, who were eliminated from returning to the playoffs Monday by a 14-1 drubbing at Jacobs Field.

Casey Blake drove in five runs for Cleveland in that game and Garko matched him as Cleveland won its fourth straight.

"When I went up the last time, Casey yelled out, 'All you need is a triple for the cycle,'" said Garko, who was 3-for-4 and drove in all his runs with two outs.

He had a two-run double in the third inning and three-run homer in the fifth.

"The best kind of RBIs are two-out RBIs," said Garko, a rookie who has driven in 32 runs in 34 games since Aug. 18. "I love hitting in the middle of this lineup."

Franklin Gutierrez doubled high off the wall in left to start Cleveland's three-run third. Andy Marte walked and one out later, Jason Michaels beat the throw from third baseman Joe Crede, who had stopped his sharp grounder with a backhanded dive.

Gutierrez scored on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez to short right. Garko then doubled to left-center.

In the fifth, Michaels walked and Martinez singled to right to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Both scored on Garko's seventh homer, an opposite-field shot into the Chicago bullpen in right.

Notes

  • Sabathia had a 2.23 ERA in six starts against the White Sox this year and has a 3.64 mark in 20 career starts against them.
  • The last Cleveland pitcher to beat the White Sox four times in a season was reliever Jim Kern, who went 5-0 against them in 1976.
  • Vazquez has struck out 10 or more 29 times in his career, five this year.
  • White Sox C Sandy Alomar Jr. hit seven foul balls before finally singling on the 12th pitch of his at-bat in the fifth. He is 2-for-15 (.133) in his career against Sabathia.
 
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C.C. Sabathia turns in a season-high 11 K's as the Indians shut out the White Sox.  (AP)
C.C. Sabathia turns in a season-high 11 K's as the Indians shut out the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

R. Garko
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Cleveland

C. Sabathia
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 11
 

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Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, LF4010002 .324
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3000011 .279
   a- Jerry Owens, PH1000000 .000
Jermaine Dye, RF3000010 .316
   b- Ryan Sweeney, PH1000000 .208
Paul Konerko, 1B3010020 .313
   c- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .315
Joe Crede, 3B3000011 .285
Josh Fields, DH3000031 .111
Juan Uribe, SS3000011 .235
Sandy Alomar Jr., C3010010 .276
Brian Anderson, CF3010010 .230
Totals310400116 
a-grounded out for Iguchi in the 9th
b-flied out for Dye in the 9th
c-flied out for Konerko in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pablo Ozuna (12, Sabathia)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez (L,11-11) 76662121 4.77
Sean Tracey 1000000 3.38
WP - Javier Vazquez (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 111-72, Sean Tracey 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 3-6, Sean Tracey 1-2
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 29, Sean Tracey 3
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000022 .290
Jason Michaels, DH3210110 .269
Victor Martinez, C3111010 .319
Ryan Garko, 1B4135000 .299
Casey Blake, RF4000032 .279
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000021 .251
Joe Inglett, 2B3000001 .286
Franklin Gutierrez, LF3110020 .285
Andy Marte, 3B2100110 .220
Totals296662126 
Batting
2B - Ryan Garko (11, Vazquez), Franklin Gutierrez (9, Vazquez)
HR - Ryan Garko (7, Vazquez)
SF - Victor Martinez (6)
RBI - Victor Martinez (92), Ryan Garko 5 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Garko 5 (21)
Team LOB - 2
Cleveland Indians
C.C. Sabathia (W,12-11) 84000110 3.22
Matt Miller 1000000 3.95
Pitches-Strikes - C.C. Sabathia 121-91, Matt Miller 12-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.C. Sabathia 6-7, Matt Miller 1-2
Batters Faced - C.C. Sabathia 28, Matt Miller 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16080
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Kerwin Danley