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Sox halt five-game slide

Uribe delivers game-winning hit in ninth inning

July 9, 2004

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— Juan Uribe's game-winning, RBI single snapped the Chicago White Sox's five-game losing streak and saved his teammates from the wrath of manager Ozzie Guillen.

Uribe delivered a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth that scored Jose Valentin, leading the White Sox to a 9-8 win over the Anaheim Angels on Thursday.

Chicago won a game in its last at-bat for the 10th time this season. It was the fifth time the White Sox accomplished the feat with a hit.

"They should thank God that they won this game," Guillen said. "Because they were going to have the biggest meeting they ever had in their career.

"We were going to be here for a little while and talk about baseball. We were going to send the wives home because it was going to be a long one."

The White Sox got some more good news Thursday when outfielder Magglio Ordonez was activated from the disabled list. He'll return to the lineup Friday after missing 36 games due to a torn meniscus in his left knee, starting as designated hitter in place of Frank Thomas, whose left ankle is inflamed.

With one out in the ninth, Valentin and Paul Konerko singled off reliever Brendan Donnelly. The Angels shifted their fielders, crowding the right side of second, but Uribe made them pay, sending a 1-2 slider deep over Jeff DaVanon's head into left-center to score Valentin. It was Uribe's only hit of the game.

"I probably made a bad pitch," Donnelly said. "I had to go for a strikeout and he was just trying to put the bat on the ball."

Trailing 8-5, the White Sox tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

"Obviously, we played well up to that point, and again the bullpen failed," Donnelly said. "It's happening too often."

Konerko opened the eighth inning with a double and, two outs later, Rodriguez walked Joe Crede. Willie Harris, pinch-hitting for catcher Jamie Burke, reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Timo Perez worked a full count and hit a single to right that scored two runs. Harris then scored on an error by right fielder Vladimir Guerrero, who misplayed the ball.

The Chicago White Sox celebrate their victory over Anaheim by
mobbing Juan Uribe, who came through with the game-winning hit. The
White Sox defeated the Angels, 9-8, Thursday in Chicago.

The Chicago White Sox celebrate their victory over Anaheim by mobbing Juan Uribe, who came through with the game-winning hit. The White Sox defeated the Angels, 9-8, Thursday in Chicago.

"We beat one of the best bullpens in baseball -- that's a positive for us for the next game," Guillen said.

Red Sox 8, Athletics 7, 10 innings

Boston -- Bill Mueller's two-out double in the 10th inning scored Johnny Damon, lifting Boston over Oakland. The win gave the Red Sox a three-game sweep over the A's for the first time since 1999. The A's have been swept four times this year, matching their season total for last year.

It was the first three-game sweep of the A's at Fenway Park since April 13-15, 1998. Oakland has lost 16 of its last 22 road games and is 19-25 away from home. Curtis Leskanic (1-4) pitched two-thirds of an inning for the win.

Twins 7, Tigers 1

Minneapolis -- Cristian Guzman's three-run homer capped a five-run seventh inning and Minnesota won its fourth straight. Guzman drove in four runs, including a tying double in the sixth. He lined a 3-2 pitch from Mike Maroth (5-7) over the left-field fence to finish the rally, as the Twins offense awakened after Maroth retired the first 14 Minnesota hitters to start the game.

Ivan Rodriguez's homer leading off the sixth put Detroit ahead and ended the Twins' streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings.

Blue Jays 10, Mariners 8

Toronto -- Carlos Delgado's three-run homer in the ninth inning rallied Toronto over Seattle. Toronto completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners, who have lost six straight. Seattle has been swept six times this season.

Seattle's Edgar Martinez drove in two runs to become the career RBI leader among designated hitters (979), one more than Harold Baines.

Yankees 7, Devil Rays 1

New York -- Jose Contreras gave the Yankees the strong start they needed, and Derek Jeter drove home two runs with a pair of doubles in New York's victory over Tampa Bay. Gary Sheffield hit a two-run homer and Hideki Matsui a two-run double for the Yankees, who had allowed 49 runs in losing five of their past six games. But Contreras put a stop to the pitching woes, holding Tampa Bay to one run and three hits in 62/3 innings. New York beat Victor Zambrano (9-5) for the first time this season.

Rangers 10, Indians 0

Cleveland -- Ricardo Rodriguez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout and David Dellucci hit two of Texas' four home runs in leading the Rangers to a 10-0 win over Cleveland.

Dellucci hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and a two-run shot in the fourth to tie a career-high with five RBIs. Michael Young led off the game with a homer and Kevin Mench also hit a two-run shot.

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