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Sox win despite late rally by Indians

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Sox win despite late rally by Indians
Chicago White Sox' Paul Konerko watches his two-run home run, scoring Jim Thome, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago, Saturday. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

CHICAGO - Paul Konerko homered twice and Jon Garland pitched six innings to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 10-8 Saturday night.

Garland yielded five hits and one run for his 17th victory, tying Minnesota's Johan Santana and the Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang for the major league lead. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

Juan Uribe and Jermaine Dye also homered and Tadahito Iguchi had three hits for the White Sox, who stayed a half-game behind Minnesota in the AL wild-card race and moved within 3½ games of the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Garland (17-4) left with a 10-1 lead but the Indians battled back with a seven-run seventh inning. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a three-run homer for Cleveland, his third of the season.

Matt Thornton got one out for his second save in five opportunities. Chicago did not use closer Bobby Jenks, who has blown his last two save opportunities.

Before the game, the Indians learned that designated hitter Travis Hafner will miss the rest of the season with a broken right hand. Hafner tied a major league record with six grand slams this season. He hit .308 with 42 home runs and 117 RBIs.

The White Sox had a brief scare in the sixth inning when Dye made a running catch into the right-field fence. Dye went down for a minute, but after speaking with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and a team trainer, stayed in the game.

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Indians starter Fausto Carmona (1-9) gave up a single to Iguchi and walked Jim Thome in the first inning. Konerko, coming off a four-hit night on Friday, hit Carmona's 2-0 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. It was Konerko's 31st of the season.

In the first three games of the series, Konerko is 8-for-13 with two home runs and six RBIs.

With two outs in the second inning, Scott Podsednik singled up the middle and stole second and Iguchi followed with an RBI single.

Dye hit a run-scoring triple and Thome followed with an RBI single in the fourth inning off reliever Brian Slocum, giving the White Sox a 7-1 lead.

It was Carmona's first start in the majors since being demoted after serving as the Indians' closer for a brief stretch.

In a six-day span from July 31-Aug. 5, Carmona blew all three of his save opportunities, allowing seven runs and five hits - including two game-ending homers.

Carmona gave up five runs and seven hits in three innings against Chicago.

Notes: In his last six starts, Garland is 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA. … Chicago's Joe Crede missed his third straight game with lower back pain. He is day to day. … Konerko has 101 RBIs and has driven in 100 or more runs in three


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