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AL: Chisox keep up late push

By Associated Press
Published September 7, 2004

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Chicago White Sox face long odds, but they're not ready to concede the Central title to the Twins just yet.

Hillsborough High's Carl Everett homered and the White Sox took advantage of the Rangers' season-high five errors in a 7-4 victory Monday. The White Sox won their fourth straight to move 71/2 games behind first-place Minnesota.

"We're trying to put together some wins and finish on a strong note," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "We're not out of it, but I'd be hesitant to say we're in it, either, not 71/2 out."

Chicago has six games left against Minnesota, three at the end of a 10-game road trip that began Monday.

"We've got to be around four or five back going into Minnesota," Konerko said. "But we're playing better."

In the first two innings, White Sox starter Jason Grilli allowed three hits, walked three, committed an error and threw two wild pitches. But the Rangers came up with only one run during that stretch as they lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Grilli, who earned his first major-league win since April 20, 2001, for the Marlins, gave up three runs and eight hits in 52/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.

"I definitely don't want to start off in a hole," Grilli said. "The positive thing was that I battled through it. I was just trying to minimize the damage. To get out of that situation with one run, that's what I'm trying to do, to keep the team in the ballgame."

Shingo Takatsu got two outs for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Michael Young homered for the fourth time in three games for Texas. David Dellucci and Kevin Mench also homered for the Rangers, opening a seven-game homestand after a 1-5 road trip.

ORIOLES 4, TWINS 1: Daniel Cabrera pitched three-hit ball into the eighth and Jose Leon and Melvin Mora had two RBIs each to lead surging Baltimore.

The Orioles, playing at home for the first time since Aug. 22, won for the seventh time in eight games. Baltimore went 0-6 on its last homestand and ended up losing 12 in a row overall.

The Orioles are 7-1 since, in part because the starters have allowed four earned runs over the past 412/3 innings.

TIGERS 7, ROYALS 3: Craig Monroe homered and Omar Infante drove in three to back Wil Ledezma's six strong innings for host Detroit. The Tigers' second straight win was their 63rd of the season, ensuring they won't lose 100 for a third straight season.

INDIANS 5, MARINERS 0: C.C. Sabathia pitched a five-hitter for his second career shutout and Omar Vizquel hit a two-run homer as visiting Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak.

[Last modified September 7, 2004, 00:42:06]


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