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AL: Floundering Sox win to cling to first

By Associated Press
Published September 25, 2005

CHICAGO - Jermaine Dye's second three-run homer in as many nights helped struggling Chicago score six times in the third inning and produced a brief breather during a stressful month.

"They're giving me the feeling we're back on track," manager Ozzie Guillen said after Saturday night's 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. "I could go and relax in the last inning."

Freddy Garcia allowed four hits in eight innings, giving the AL Central leaders back-to-back victories for the first time since Sept. 6-7, at the end of a seven-game winning streak.

"You can let the game come to you and we did that tonight," Dye said. "We haven't had one of these in a while. The offense showed up and Freddy went out there and did what he needed to."

After leading by 15 games on Aug. 1, the White Sox held their 11/2-game lead over the Indians

"If we play the way we have the last two games, we'll be in good shape," Garcia said.

Guillen says he doesn't expect the Indians, who've won 17 of 19, to lose again before the White Sox get to Cleveland for the final series.

INDIANS 11, ROYALS 4: Jhonny Peralta, Ronnie Belliard, Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp homered to boost visiting Cleveland's wild-card lead to 11/2 games.

Ben Broussard had a career-high three doubles and four RBIs for Cleveland, which had 16 hits, including seven doubles and four homers.

A'S 7, RANGERS 6: Jason Kendall hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth for host Oakland.

After Jay Payton led off the eighth with a double down the left-field line, Dan Johnson followed with a tying RBI double off the wall in right. Hiram Bocachica entered as a pinch-runner, John Wasdin intentionally walked Mark Ellis and Kendall's drive got through, allowing Bocachica to score the go-ahead run.

TIGERS 7, MARINERS 1: Jason Grilli pitched seven strong innings in his first Detroit start, and the host Tigers hit four home runs to snap an eight-game losing streak.

[Last modified September 25, 2005, 02:15:40]


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