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Chi. White Sox (39-38) «4021220  11170
Cleveland (31-48)010030x  440

White Sox 11, Indians 4 (7)

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- The rainy weather stopped the game prematurely. The Chicago White Sox ended Cliff Lee's night soon after it started.

Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye drove in two runs apiece Tuesday as the White Sox chased Lee in the fourth inning and pounded the miserable Indians 11-4 in a game called in the seventh to move above .500 for the first time since May 2.

Konerko hit a two-run homer in the first off Lee (4-7), who had worked past the fifth in 47 consecutive starts before being battered for seven runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings.

"It was a bad day," the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner said. "That's not in my job description. I'm supposed to go deep into games and give up less runs. It seemed like they knew what was coming with every pitch. One of those games."

 Sizemore likely needs offseason elbow surgery

Gordon Beckham and Josh Fields also homered for the White Sox, who have won four straight, 11 of 15 and have a winning record for the first time since they were 12-11.

Clayton Richard (3-1), moved into Chicago's rotation in May, won for the first time in six June starts. He allowed four runs and four hits and was credited with his first complete game, staying in following a 30-minute rain delay in the fourth.

The left-hander is 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA in six career starts of at least six innings.

Richard was able to block out his matchup with Lee and set down the Indians with ease.

"I knew going in I was facing a great pitcher," Richard said, "but I couldn't worry about that. I was facing their hitters, not him. I couldn't worry about him, as it turned out, our hitters gave me a lead and that always makes it a little easier to go out and throw strikes."

The umpiring crew finally called it at 11 p.m. following a 57-minute rain delay with two outs in the top of the seventh -- the second stoppage of the game and third overall. The first pitch was pushed back from 7:05 to 7:37 by threatening weather.

Lee insisted he wasn't bothered by an unnecessary 32-minute delay at the start. The Indians had the infield at Progressive Field covered before the first pitch despite mostly sunny skies.

It's been that kind of season in Cleveland, which has lost 12 of 14 amid speculation manager Eric Wedge's days could be numbered.

Lee turned in his shortest start since he went only 2 2/3 innings in an 11-0 loss to the White Sox on May 29, 2006. He was unaware of his 47-game streak of lasting until the fifth, the longest in the majors and most by a Cleveland pitcher since Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry went 71 straight in the 1970s.

"That says I've been consistent," Lee said. "It's over now. So, whatever."

Lee, who has pitched far better than his record, came in riding a 22-inning scoreless streak against the White Sox, who quickly made sure it didn't reach 23.

Chicago scored four runs in the first off Lee, highlighted by Konerko's 13th homer into the Indians' bullpen.

Alexei Ramirez, who was beaned by Cleveland's Chris Perez on Monday, walked with one out in the first and scored on Dye's double. Konerko then busted out of a 2-for-15 slump with his homer. One out later, Brian Anderson doubled and scored on Beckham's single.

Travis Hafner's ninth homer, and third in 10 games, brought the Indians within 4-1 in the second.

Lee, though, couldn't contain the White Sox, who scored two more in the third on Chris Getz's double.

Dye had another RBI single in the fourth and Chicago went up 9-1 in the fifth on the homers by Beckham and Fields off Mike Gosling.

Notes

  • Hafner is batting .364 with three homers in his last 12 games.
  • White Sox DH Jim Thome was delighted to tie Hall of Famer Stan Musial with 1,599 career walks. "It's very cool because growing up in Peoria (Ill.), you had to know Stan," Thome said. "He was the man."
  • Indians LHP Scott Lewis, who pulled himself from a recent rehab start at Double-A Akron because of elbow soreness, will visit famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews next week. Andrews performed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on Lewis in 2003. The Indians are not recommending surgery for Lewis.
  • Indians RHP Jake Westbrook, who made two rehab starts in the minors before being shut down with soreness, will resume a throwing program next week. Westbrook had Tommy John surgery last June.
  • Chicago OF Scott Podsednik got the night off.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Cleveland

T. Hafner
AB 1
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Chicago White Sox
Jayson Nix, LF5120011 .231
Alexei Ramirez, SS3110111 .265
Jermaine Dye, RF4232001 .295
Paul Konerko, DH4112003 .286
A.J. Pierzynski, C4220001 .294
Brian Anderson, CF4122011 .244
Gordon Beckham, 3B4232011 .267
Chris Getz, 2B4022001 .248
Josh Fields, 1B3111111 .234
Totals3511171125  
Batting
2B - Jayson Nix 2 (5, Lee, Lee), Jermaine Dye (13, Lee), A.J. Pierzynski (9, Gosling), Brian Anderson (7, Lee), Chris Getz (12, Lee)
HR - Paul Konerko (13, Lee), Gordon Beckham (2, Gosling), Josh Fields (6, Gosling)
RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (48), Paul Konerko 2 (48), Brian Anderson 2 (11), Gordon Beckham 2 (13), Chris Getz 2 (18), Josh Fields (25)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Anderson 2 (5), Gordon Beckham (5), Chris Getz 2 (11), Josh Fields (14)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago White Sox
Clayton Richard (W,3-1) 6444161 4.48
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 81-58
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 9-3
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 23
Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3013000 .313
Grady Sizemore, CF3000011 .223
Victor Martinez, 1B3000010 .313
Shin-Soo Choo, RF3000010 .293
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3000010 .262
Travis Hafner, DH1211100 .290
Jamey Carroll, 2B2110000 .282
Ben Francisco, LF2110000 .227
Kelly Shoppach, C2000023 .200
Totals2244416  
Batting
2B - Asdrubal Cabrera (14, Richard)
HR - Travis Hafner (8, Richard)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 3 (30), Travis Hafner (18)
2-OUT RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 3 (17), Travis Hafner (5)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Carroll-A. Cabrera-Martinez, A. Cabrera-Carroll-Martinez
Cleveland Indians
Cliff Lee (L,4-7) 31177131 3.39
Mike Gosling 2.2444012 6.75
Matt Herges 1200110 3.55
WP - Cliff Lee (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 79-53, Mike Gosling 39-27, Matt Herges 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 4-2, Mike Gosling 1-5, Matt Herges 1-0
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 21, Mike Gosling 11, Matt Herges 5
Game Information
Attendance - 14793
Game Time - 1:56
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Scott Barry