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White Sox win Windy City duel

By Times Wires
Published June 21, 2003

CHICAGO - Miguel Olivo's first at-bat in a White Sox-Cubs game is one he'll remember the rest of his career.

The rookie catcher hit his first grand slam to cap a six-run first inning Friday and power the White Sox to a 12-3 victory over the Cubs, the most lopsided game since the Chicago rivals started interleague play in 1997.

"Baseball is a lucky game. I'm lucky that I got my first grand slam today, the first one of my career," Olivo said.

"It was great."

The White Sox, a disappointment as the third-place team in the AL Central, made the most of wild Cubs pitching - 10 walks - and some shaky defense to pull away early on a sunny but chilly 62-degree day at Wrigley Field.

Cubs starter Shawn Estes lasted one inning and struggled with his control, walking four. Then when he did put it over, Olivo drove it over the wall in left-center.

"I hope I wake up tomorrow and realize it was a dream. It was one of those outings you don't want to remember," Estes said.

Sammy Sosa, in his first home game since serving a seven-game suspension for using a corked bat, was mostly cheered when introduced, though there was a very noticeable share of boos. Sosa was traded from the White Sox to the Cubs in 1992.

He also had trouble with the sun in rightfield, losing one ball and trapping another during a four-run White Sox fourth.

Sosa was 0-for-4 with a walk. He declined comment.

"It's not a defensive lapse if you lose a ball in the sun. I don't care if you have X-ray glasses. He just lost it in the sun," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

In the first, Magglio Ordonez had an run-scoring single, Aaron Rowand drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0, then Olivo hit a 3-and-2 pitch for his fifth homer of the season.

Frank Thomas doubled and Ordonez walked in the second and both scored on Carlos Lee's line single to center that Corey Patterson let get by him for a two-base error.

BRAVES 6, ORIOLES 3: Robert Fick hit a grand slam and Greg Maddux pitched no-hit ball into the sixth inning, lifting host Atlanta. Fick drove in five, matching his career high.

His second grand slam of the season came in the fourth against Sidney Ponson, who lost for only the second time in his past 10 starts.

Maddux didn't give up a hit until Brian Roberts doubled into the rightfield corner with two outs in the sixth. The right-hander surrendered an unearned run in the seventh and left after the first two hitters reached base in the eighth. Both scored when former Brave B.J. Surhoff singled against Ray King.

Kevin Gryboski, Jung Bong and John Smoltz shut down the Orioles after that. Smoltz, pitching one day after taking his first loss in more than a year, worked a scoreless ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.

BLUE JAYS 8, EXPOS 4: Vernon Wells, Frank Catalanotto, Orlando Hudson and Greg Myers homered as visiting Toronto extended its winning streak to four.

Ex-Rays pitcher Cory Lidle (10-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, joining Roy Halladay to give Toronto baseball's first pair of 10-game winners.

Endy Chavez hit an inside-the-park home run for Montreal, which played its first game at Olympic Stadium since May 25 before 11,355.

Toronto (42-31), which has won nine of 10, moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 14, 1999.

BREWERS 3, TWINS 2 (10): Royce Clayton scored on a wild pitch by reliever Juan Rincon for host Milwaukee.

Clayton led off the 10th with a double to right-center and advanced to third on pinch-hitter Brooks Kieschnick's fly to deep center. Rincon then bounced his second pitch to Eric Young past catcher A.J. Pierzynski, allowing Clayton to score easily.

Reliever Curtis Leskanic pitched out of a jam in the top of the 10th. He walked Luis Rivas with one out. Pinch-hitter Denny Hocking followed with a single to right, sending Rivas to third. Jacque Jones struck out before Cristian Guzman hit a one-hopper to first baseman Richie Sexson, who trapped the ball and flipped to Leskanic covering at first.

ROYALS 10, CARDINALS 4: Jose Lima earned his first major-league win since August and visiting Kansas City got four RBIs from Ken Harvey in the first of six games in a 10-day span between the cross-state rivals that met in the 1985 World Series.

The Royals were 2-6 the previous two seasons against the Cardinals, but punished St. Louis ace Matt Morris to even the series at 11.

Lima (1-0) gave up two runs and four hits in 51/3 innings in his second start since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Omaha June15. He struck out two and walked three to beat the Cardinals for the first time in five career decisions, improving his ERA to 7.11 against St. Louis.

TIGERS 7, ROCKIES 5: Eric Munson, Bobby Higginson and Kevin Witt homered as visiting Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak.

Alex Sanchez had three hits for the Tigers. Munson and Witt were among four Detroit players with two hits.

Mike Maroth (2-11) won for the first time in four starts. He went six innings, allowing nine hits and three runs, two earned.

ASTROS 12, RANGERS 3: Craig Biggio had four hits and Adam Everett homered as visiting Houston sent Texas to its fifth consecutive loss.

Alex Rodriguez, playing a day after being hit in the face by a throw in Oakland, homered for the Rangers, who have dropped 17 of 19, their worst stretch since also going 2-17 from Aug. 5-25, 1973.

DODGERS 5, ANGELS 2: Shawn Green and Brian Jordan homered and Hideo Nomo pitched into the eighth inning for host Los Angeles.

Nomo held the Angels to two runs, one earned, and seven hits including Garret Anderson's homer.

Ron Coomer and David Ross also homered off Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn, tagged for nine home runs in his past three games.

RED SOX AT PHILLIES, PPD.: Rain knocked out the series opener but had no effect on Pedro Martinez's scheduled start. He will pitch on his regular day today against Randy Wolf, who was scheduled to pitch Friday. Byung-Hyun Kim, Boston's scheduled starter, will go Sunday instead.

[Last modified June 21, 2003, 01:17:59]


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