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Dye goes long twice to lead White Sox to seventh win in row

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CHICAGO -- Jermaine Dye watched A.J. Pierzynski go hard into second base to help break up a double play. Dye then delivered a big shot of his own.

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.

With a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning, Indians starter Paul Byrd (2-4) allowed a leadoff single to Orlando Cabrera and walked Pierzynski.

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."

Javier Vazquez (5-3) overpowered a struggling Indians lineup with seven strikeouts in seven innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and ended his outing by striking out Jhonny Peralta.

"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.

Notes

  • Aubrey, who made his major league debut on Sunday, has homered in his first two major league starts.
  • Indians LF David Dellucci made a leaping catch near the fence in left in the fifth inning, robbing Crede of extra bases.
  • Dye had his 18th career two home run game.
  • Thome has homered four times in five games against his former team.
 
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Jermaine Dye records his 18th career game with two home runs. (AP)
Jermaine Dye records his 18th career game with two home runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Cleveland

M. Aubrey
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4000011 .254
Ben Francisco, RF3110112 .340
Travis Hafner, DH4011023 .222
Victor Martinez, C4010002 .304
David Dellucci, LF3010010 .230
   a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH1000001 .230
Jhonny Peralta, SS4000022 .219
Michael Aubrey, 1B3111010 .250
   b- Ryan Garko, PH1010000 .248
Casey Blake, 3B4010002 .229
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B2000110 .175
Totals3327229  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Dellucci in the 9th
b-singled for Aubrey in the 9th
Batting
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
Cleveland Indians
Paul Byrd (L,2-4) 5.1555211 4.10
Jorge Julio 1.1211121 3.38
Craig Breslow 0.1111001 3.24
Rafael Betancourt 1100010 6.88
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, SS5110003 .219
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000110 .301
Carlos Quentin, LF4100021 .294
Jermaine Dye, RF2224100 .307
Jim Thome, DH4221002 .214
Paul Konerko, 1B4110000 .216
Joe Crede, 3B4021001 .281
Nick Swisher, CF3010111 .210
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .260
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3001002 .197
Totals3279734  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Crede-Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez (W,5-3) 7422171 3.43
Boone Logan 0.1100100 2.93
Scott Linebrink 0.2000010 1.35
Matt Thornton 1200010 3.63
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
Game Information
Attendance - 38518
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell