Chicago at Cleveland

W: J. Contreras (8-16) L: J. Westbrook (5-8)
HR: CHW - D. Erstad (3)   CLE - None

Contreras keeps Indians in check, slows Cleveland's playoff push wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Surprisingly entrenched in last place, the Chicago White Sox still get plenty of enjoyment out of beating the Cleveland Indians.

Jose Contreras allowed four singles while pitching into the seventh inning, and A.J. Pierzynski tied a career high with four hits as the White Sox snapped the first-place Indians' eight-game winning streak, 8-0 Sunday.

It was one of the rare times this season that Chicago, which had lost 18 of 21, put good pitching and strong offense together.

"This year, I don't believe we've done it," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who blasted his team's poor performance during a three-game sweep at Texas earlier in the week. "It's fun to see that we don't have to go out there and battle and lose."

Contreras (8-16) won consecutive starts for the first time since last September as the White Sox broke a five-game losing streak, and also ended their longest road losing streak since 1962 at 11 in a row.

"It's great for him and it's great for us," Guillen said of Contreras, who lost seven consecutive starts in June and July. "The last two times he's been the Jose we want him to be."

Cleveland, which opened a 5½-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central during its win streak, fell to 13-4 since Aug. 15. On Monday in Minnesota, the Indians start a 10-game trip that continues to Los Angeles and Chicago.

Pierzynski broke an 0-for-17 slump by going 4-for-5 for the White Sox, who tied a season-high with 18 hits -- 17 singles and a solo homer by Darin Erstad.

A questionable call by second-base umpire Laz Diaz helped Chicago take a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Jake Westbrook.

The White Sox loaded the bases on three singles. The third hit was a ground ball by Danny Richar that appeared to hit Andy Gonzalez running from first, but Diaz ruled that second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera dropped the ball. TV replays showed the ball getting tangled in Gonzalez's jersey before Cabrera could get a glove on it.

"It looked like Asdrubal got there and the runner hit him," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "They (umpires) said he had the ball and was trying to make a tag."

Cabrera agreed with the TV replays.

"He hit the ball first," the rookie said of Gonzalez.

After Juan Uribe struck out, Jerry Owens' bases-loaded walk made it 1-0. Westbrook struck out Scott Podsednik, but Jim Thome followed with a broken-bat single to left, driving home two more runs.

Chicago made it 4-0 in the fourth when Cabrera did drop a ball. With runners on second and third and two outs, Thome hit a slow grounder between first and second. Cabrera, playing in short right field as part of a defensive shift, charged in but misplayed the ball for an error, allowing Uribe to score from third.

Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a walk and its first two hits, but Trot Nixon bounced into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch.

Westbrook (5-8) allowed three earned runs and 11 hits over five innings. The right-hander, who went 4-1 in six August starts, walked three and struck out six.

"It was just not a good day," Westbrook said. "I didn't pitch well and they hit a few that found holes."

Left-hander Cliff Lee made his first career relief appearance after 125 starts in the sixth and allowed an RBI single by Pierzynski that made it 5-0.

Contreras walked six and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. He left with runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh. Reliever Boone Logan struck out Grady Sizemore to end the threat, and Ehren Wasserman and Bobby Jenks completed the shutout.

Erstad hit his third homer in the eighth off Tom Mastny.


  • The White Sox hit only .219 and had a 5.36 ERA during their 11-game road losing streak.
  • Pierzynski's four-hit game was the 10th of his career.
  • Indians C Victor Martinez threw out two of four runners trying to steal and is 24-for-83 (.289) overall.
  • Cabrera's error was Cleveland's first in 11 games.
  • The crowd of 37,718 spent most of the game gawking at fighter jets buzzing the downtown skyline during an air show. Players and umpires had their attention diverted between pitches, too.
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Jose Contreras wins consecutive starts for the first time since last September.  (AP)
Jose Contreras wins consecutive starts for the first time since last September. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Contreras
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 6
K 5

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4032203 .251
Scott Podsednik, LF6120014 .259
Jim Thome, DH6012012 .268
Paul Konerko, 1B4010114 .262
Darin Erstad, RF5121024 .266
A.J. Pierzynski, C5141000 .265
Andy Gonzalez, 3B4110115 .216
Danny Richar, 2B4220101 .204
Juan Uribe, SS5220036 .219
HR - Darin Erstad (3, Mastny)
RBI - Jerry Owens 2 (11), Jim Thome 2 (73), Darin Erstad (28), A.J. Pierzynski (43)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Thome 2 (27), Darin Erstad (16), A.J. Pierzynski (16)
SB - Jerry Owens (23, 2nd base off Mastny/Martinez), Scott Podsednik (10, 2nd base off Lee/Martinez)
CS - Jerry Owens (6, 2nd base by Westbrook/Martinez), Andy Gonzalez (5, 2nd base by Westbrook/Martinez)
Team LOB - 13
Outfield Assists - Darin Erstad 1
DP - Uribe-Richar-Konerko, Richar-Uribe-Konerko
E - Paul Konerko (5, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (W,8-16) 6.2400650 5.86
Boone Logan 0.2100110 4.33
Ehren Wassermann 0.2000000 3.00
Bobby Jenks 1000010 2.72
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 110-63, Boone Logan 21-14, Ehren Wassermann 2-2, Bobby Jenks 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 5-7, Boone Logan 1-0, Ehren Wassermann 1-0, Bobby Jenks 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 27, Boone Logan 4, Ehren Wassermann 1, Bobby Jenks 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3000122 .276
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3010110 .304
Travis Hafner, DH3010102 .256
Victor Martinez, C3000101 .304
Ryan Garko, 1B3000101 .297
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010010 .271
Kenny Lofton, LF3010100 .299
Trot Nixon, RF3010101 .257
Casey Blake, 3B4000032 .265
DP - Peralta-Garko
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
Jake Westbrook (L,5-8) 51143360 4.43
Cliff Lee 1211110 6.41
Thomas Mastny 2311021 4.59
Mike Koplove 1222100 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Westbrook 104-64, Cliff Lee 24-14, Thomas Mastny 35-24, Mike Koplove 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Westbrook 7-1, Thomas Mastny 1-3, Mike Koplove 1-1
Batters Faced - Jake Westbrook 28, Cliff Lee 6, Thomas Mastny 9, Mike Koplove 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37718
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck