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AL: Chisox ride Colon's stamina

By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003

BOSTON - Bartolo Colon pitched another complete game against the Red Sox.

This time, he won.

Colon went the distance for the third consecutive game and the eighth time this season as the Chicago White Sox beat Boston 3-1 on Saturday night to retain a share of first place in the Central.

"He's the guy right now. He's the guy we need to take us on down the stretch," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's the guy that, when we're struggling a little bit, his turn comes around and we feel good that we've got a chance. And that's a good feeling."

Carlos Lee was 3-for-4 with a home run as Chicago gave Colon the support he didn't get Sept. 2, when he two-hit the Red Sox but lost 2-1. He followed that with a complete-game victory over the Twins, who remained tied with Chicago.

"He knows he had tough luck at home last time," said White Sox coach Rafael Santana, who translated for Colon. "After the sixth inning, his pitch count was low, it came to him that he can go all the way."

Colon allowed an unearned run on five hits and two walks, striking out two to snap Chicago's three-game losing streak. With the White Sox bullpen missing closer Tom Gordon, who went home for his uncle's funeral, and tired from pitching seven innings the night before, Colon's effort came at the perfect time.

"Every win for us right now is huge," Lee said. "If we win, they have to worry about us."

Tim Wakefield allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out eight, getting Frank Thomas and Miguel Olivo three times each.

Johnny Damon had three singles for the Red Sox, the wild-card leaders. The Red Sox trail the Yankees by 51/2 in the East.

Lee was the hitting star for Chicago, but his game might best be remembered for his catch on Bill Mueller's long fly ball to end the seventh. As Lee came down against the manual scoreboard on the Green Monster, his jersey got caught on a hook, and he was stuck there until centerfielder Carl Everett came over to unhook him.

"I'm hanging there. I looked at Carl and said, "Can you please come over here,"' Lee said. "If he doesn't come and help, I'm still there."

TWINS 2, INDIANS 0: Kyle Lohse pitched 71/3 shutout innings and Cristian Guzman homered for the first time in more than a year as visiting Minnesota kept pace in the Central.

Lohse allowed six hits and matched a career high with nine strikeouts for the Twins. LaTroy Hawkins got two outs in the eighth and Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for his 35th save.

Guzman hit his first homer since Sept. 11 last season, 600 plate appearances, off rookie Jason Stanford in the sixth and Torii Hunter homered in the seventh as Minnesota improved to 6-9 vs. Cleveland.

BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 1: Greg Myers became the second catcher in Toronto history to hit an inside-the-park home run, and the host Blue Jays won their fourth straight. Myers also homered over the leftfield fence, becoming the fourth Blue Jays player to have a multihomer game that included an inside-the-park home run.

A'S 9, RANGERS 3: Erubiel Durazo hit two home runs and Jose Guillen also homered as visiting Oakland won its fifth in a row. Athletics starter Tim Hudson gave up three runs and six hits over the first two innings but ended a personal two-game losing streak, his longest of the season.

ROYALS 7, TIGERS 0: Jamey Wright pitched a seven-hit shutout to win for the first time in almost a year and Carlos Beltran drove in three to lead visiting Kansas City. Detroit tied a franchise record with its 109th loss, set in 1996.


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