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Dye hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, and added a solo shot in the seventh, and the Chicago White Sox won their seventh straight game with a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
Michael Aubrey hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Indians, who have lost a season-high five straight games.
Carlos Quentin followed with a sharp grounder to third baseman Casey Blake. Blake started what could have been a 5-4-3 double play, but Pierzynski slid hard at second, putting pressure on second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cabrera got off an accurate throw, but first base umpire Paul Schrieber called Quentin safe. After Indians manager Eric Wedge argued the call, Dye hit a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats, putting the White Sox ahead.
"You can't teach hustle. No matter if you're hitting good or you're struggling you can still go out and hustle. Certain plays are the key in the ballgame," said Dye. "It definitely was a big play. Anytime you break up a double play with the middle of the lineup coming up, you never know what can happen."
Byrd saw the play differently.
"Instead of letting Jermaine Dye hit a sacrifice fly or making my pitch, I tried to strike him out," said Byrd. "The play definitely changed the game but I can't cry about it or blame anybody else. The umpire made a mistake but I have to adapt and overcome that and make the pitch."
"He seemed to get better as the game was going on. He didn't have a real good breaking ball tonight, but he battled through it," Pierzynski said.
Jim Thome followed Dye's eighth home run of the season in the seventh with his second homer in as many days and ninth on the season.
Thome and Paul Konerko chased Byrd (2-4) in the sixth with back-to-back singles. Joe Crede greeted Indians reliever Jorge Julio with an RBI double and Alexei Ramirez added a sacrifice fly to give the White Sox a 5-2 lead.
Byrd allowed five runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one.
He was cruising until the fifth inning. He only threw 55 pitches until the sixth and didn't allow his first hit until Nick Swisher singled in the fifth.
"I don't think they're happy and I don't think they should be. But this is where the toughness has to stand out," Wedge said. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves. we can't drop our heads. You have to stand up and take it. Look in the mirror and face it head on and keep fighting. We've got to find a way to work through this and we will."
Travis Hafner hit an RBI double in the sixth inning off Vazquez.
|Jermaine Dye records his 18th career game with two home runs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Grady Sizemore, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.254|
|Ben Francisco, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.340|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.222|
|Victor Martinez, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.304|
|David Dellucci, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.230|
|a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.230|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.219|
|Michael Aubrey, 1B||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.250|
|b- Ryan Garko, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Casey Blake, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.229|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.175|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Dellucci in the 9th|
|b-singled for Aubrey in the 9th|
|2B - Ben Francisco (7, Vazquez), Travis Hafner (9, Vazquez)|
|HR - Michael Aubrey (2, Vazquez)|
|RBI - Travis Hafner (21), Michael Aubrey (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (11), Michael Aubrey (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Paul Byrd (L,2-4)||5.1||5||5||5||2||1||1||4.10|
|IBB - Swisher by Jorge Julio|
|HBP - Dye (by Paul Byrd)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Paul Byrd 81-50, Jorge Julio 20-13, Craig Breslow 10-5, Rafael Betancourt 20-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Byrd 7-8, Jorge Julio 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Paul Byrd 24, Jorge Julio 7, Craig Breslow 2, Rafael Betancourt 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.219|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.301|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||1||0||0||0||2||1||.294|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||2||2||2||4||1||0||0||.307|
|Jim Thome, DH||4||2||2||1||0||0||2||.214|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Nick Swisher, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.210|
|Brian Anderson, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||0||2||.197|
|2B - Joe Crede (10, Julio)|
|HR - Jermaine Dye 2 (8, Byrd, Julio), Jim Thome (9, Breslow)|
|SF - Alexei Ramirez (1)|
|RBI - Jermaine Dye 4 (20), Jim Thome (25), Joe Crede (28), Alexei Ramirez (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (5), Jim Thome (4)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Crede-Ramirez-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Javier Vazquez (W,5-3)||7||4||2||2||1||7||1||3.43|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 101-67, Boone Logan 9-4, Scott Linebrink 5-4, Matt Thornton 19-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 6-7, Boone Logan 1-0, Matt Thornton 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 25, Boone Logan 3, Scott Linebrink 2, Matt Thornton 5|
|Attendance - 38518|
|Game Time - 2:45|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell|