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CLEVELAND -- Following his team's 4-2 win over Cleveland on Wednesday, Ozzie Guillen leaned back in his chair and breathed a sigh of relief.
"We needed this one, man," he said.
The Chicago White Sox manager wasn't kidding. The White Sox came into the game having lost five of six, and were tied with Minnesota atop the AL Central.
"It was an important game," starter Javier Vazquez said. "If we want to get to the playoffs, we have to win."
Guillen thought Wednesday's game was so important that he went to closer Bobby Jenks for a save that required getting more than three outs, something he hasn't done during the regular season since Sept. 13, 2005.
Jenks entered with one out in the eighth and runners on first and third, getting Ryan Garko to hit into a double play. After allowing a leadoff single to Jamey Carroll in the ninth, he got Kelly Shoppach to hit into a double play and struck out Asdrubal Cabrera to end the game.
"I don't like doing that," Guillen said. "I did it because we needed it and we have the day off (Thursday). We gambled a little bit. The two double plays helped us."
Jenks recorded his 28th save in 31 opportunities.
"I've been going one inning all year so I'm still fresh," he said. "I wasn't surprised. We've been talking about this for about a week."
"It was a sinker in," Jenks said. "It was probably the biggest pitch of the game."
Vazquez (11-12) allowed two runs in six innings.
The Indians came into this homestand on a 10-game winning streak, but were swept in three games by Seattle before the White Sox came to town. Cleveland stranded seven runners, had another runner caught stealing and was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position Wednesday.
"The games we lost were very similar," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "We had a lot of opportunities where one swing could have tied the game or given us the lead."
Jeremy Sowers (2-8) retired the first nine hitters, but gave up two runs in the fifth -- the first on Swisher's homer -- and Ramirez's two-run homer in the sixth.
"I left a pitch over the plate to Swisher," Sowers said. "The pitch to Ramirez was down and in. That was tough hitting there."
Due to injuries and scheduled days off, Guillen was forced to go with a lineup that resembled a spring training game. Left fielder Carlos Quentin (sore right forearm), center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and third baseman Joe Crede (both with back tightness) were unavailable. Designated hitter Jim Thome was on the bench until pinch-hitting in the ninth and catcher A.J. Pierzynski was given the day off.
After managing one hit in the first four innings, the White Sox scored four runs on five hits in the next two innings before Sowers was pulled with one out in the sixth.
Swisher led off the fifth with a homer into the porch in left field on a 2-1 pitch. Josh Fields, starting at DH, singled with one out and scored on Orlando Cabrera's double off the wall in left-center.
Jermaine Dye singled with one out in the sixth. Ramirez, moved to fifth in the batting order, hit a 3-2 pitch into the left-center bleachers, making it 4-0.
Jhonny Peralta doubled in two runs in the sixth.
|Alexei Ramirez's two-run blast in the sixth inning provides the eventual winning runs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.274|
|Brian Anderson, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.236|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.292|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.239|
|Jerry Owens, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.306|
|Nick Swisher, LF-1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||0||.226|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.237|
|Josh Fields, DH||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.200|
|a- Jim Thome, PH-DH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.251|
|Chris Getz, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Toby Hall, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.265|
|a-walked for Fields in the 9th|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (27, Sowers)|
|HR - Alexei Ramirez (16, Sowers), Nick Swisher (23, Sowers)|
|RBI - Orlando Cabrera (53), Alexei Ramirez 2 (62), Nick Swisher (67)|
|2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (12)|
|CS - Chris Getz (1, 2nd base by Lewis/Shoppach)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Uribe-A. Ramirez-Swisher, A. Ramirez-Cabrera-Swisher|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Javier Vazquez (W,11-12)||6||5||2||2||1||5||0||4.34|
|Octavio Dotel (H,21)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.75|
|Matt Thornton (H,17)||0.2||2||0||0||1||0||0||2.75|
|Bobby Jenks (S,28)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 108-74, Octavio Dotel 14-8, Matt Thornton 16-8, Bobby Jenks 8-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 8-4, Octavio Dotel 1-1, Bobby Jenks 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 23, Octavio Dotel 4, Matt Thornton 5, Bobby Jenks 4|
|Grady Sizemore, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.273|
|David Dellucci, DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.247|
|a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.235|
|Ben Francisco, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.279|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.278|
|Shin-Soo Choo, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Ryan Garko, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.253|
|Sal Fasano, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.286|
|Jamey Carroll, PR-3B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Andy Marte, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.208|
|b- Victor Martinez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||1||0||.228|
|a-flied out for Dellucci in the 7th|
|b-fouled out for Marte in the 7th|
|2B - Grady Sizemore (32, Vazquez), Jhonny Peralta (38, Vazquez)|
|RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (77)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jhonny Peralta 2 (34)|
|CS - Asdrubal Cabrera (3, 2nd base by Vazquez/Hall)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Jeremy Sowers (L,2-8)||5.1||6||4||4||1||5||2||5.97|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 92-60, Juan Rincon 33-23, Rafael Betancourt 10-9, Rich Rundles 4-0, Jensen Lewis 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 6-5, Juan Rincon 2-3, Rafael Betancourt 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 23, Juan Rincon 8, Rafael Betancourt 3, Rich Rundles 1|
|Attendance - 20328|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Larry Vanover|