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Chi. White Sox (78-61) «000022000470
Cleveland (67-71)000002000290

Swisher, Ramirez homer to help save White Sox from sweep

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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.

Nick Swisher and Alexei Ramirez homered to help the White Sox, playing without five regulars, avert a three-game sweep.

"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."

Jenks came in after one-out singles by Ben Francisco and Shin-Soo Choo off Matt Thornton. Garko bounced the second pitch to third baseman Juan Uribe, who started the double play.

"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.

Notes

  • Cliff Lee, who became the Indians' first 20-game winner in 34 years on Monday night, was picked as the American League pitcher of the month for August. He was 5-0 in the month with a 1.86 earned run average in five starts.
  • DH Travis Hafner, on the disabled list since May 30 with a sore right shoulder, is scheduled to continue his rehabilitation assignment with one of the Indians' minor league teams that is in postseason play.
  • OF Grady Sizemore fouled a ball off his right foot in the first inning, but stayed in the game.
  • The Indians announced a two-year extension on their player development contract with Class A Mahoning Valley. The short-season team plays in the New York-Penn League and has been affiliated with the Indians since 1999.
  • Thome walked in the ninth off LHP Rich Rundles, who was making his major league debut.
  • The White Sox ended their road trip with a 4-5 record.
  • A squirrel made its way on the field in the ninth inning, briefly delaying play when it ran from right field, across the first base line and behind the mound. The squirrel eventually ran to left field where grounds crew members chased it out a door in the wall.
  • Both teams are off Thursday.
 
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Alexei Ramirez's two-run blast in the sixth inning provides the eventual winning runs.  (AP)
Alexei Ramirez's two-run blast in the sixth inning provides the eventual winning runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

J. Peralta
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS3011100 .274
Brian Anderson, CF4010021 .236
Jermaine Dye, RF4110002 .292
Paul Konerko, 1B4010013 .239
    Jerry Owens, PR-LF0000000 .000
Alexei Ramirez, 2B4112013 .306
Nick Swisher, LF-1B4111020 .226
Juan Uribe, 3B4000010 .237
Josh Fields, DH3110010 .200
   a- Jim Thome, PH-DH0000100 .251
    Chris Getz, PR-DH0000000 .286
Toby Hall, C3000001 .265
Totals3347428  
a-walked for Fields in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Uribe-A. Ramirez-Swisher, A. Ramirez-Cabrera-Swisher
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez (W,11-12) 6522150 4.34
Octavio Dotel (H,21) 0.2100100 3.75
Matt Thornton (H,17) 0.2200100 2.75
Bobby Jenks (S,28) 1.2100010 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
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF3110111 .273
David Dellucci, DH3000002 .247
   a- Franklin Gutierrez, PH-DH1000003 .235
Ben Francisco, LF4010022 .279
Jhonny Peralta, SS4012011 .278
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4020001 .288
Ryan Garko, 1B4010001 .253
Sal Fasano, C2000112 .286
    Jamey Carroll, PR-3B1010000 .271
Andy Marte, 3B2000002 .208
   b- Victor Martinez, PH1000001 .272
    Kelly Shoppach, C1000001 .267
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B3120110 .228
Totals3329236  
a-flied out for Dellucci in the 7th
b-fouled out for Marte in the 7th
Batting
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
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers (L,2-8) 5.1644152 5.97
Juan Rincon 2.1100020 5.59
Rafael Betancourt 1000010 5.04
Rich Rundles0000100 0.00
Jensen Lewis 0.1000000 4.28
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
Game Information
Attendance - 20328
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Larry Vanover