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Garko rallies Indians past White Sox

Jul 18, 2007 - 4:25 AM CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Ryan Garko extended his hitting streak in style.

Garko hit the game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and delivered the game-winning single in the 11th as the Cleveland Indians rallied past the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, on Tuesday.

Chicago held a 5-3 heading into the ninth, but closer Bobby Jenks allowed a leadoff single to pinch hitter Trot Nixon before Garko blasted a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall to knot the game and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

"Tonight I was able to get a pitch to hit and get to him," Garko said. "It's always battle when you a face a guy like him."

Garko is batting .462 (18-39) during his career-high 11-game hitting streak.

"I have been getting good pitches to hit and getting into good hitters count," Garko said.

Jenks, who blew his fifth save of the season and second since the All-Star break, retired the next three batters to get out of the inning without further incident.

"The fastball to Trot Nixon was the difference," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He had him two strikes and shouldn't have thrown him the fastball. Obviously the pinch-hit homer tied the game, but the pitch to Nixon opened the door."

Jason Michaels led off the bottom of the 11th with a double off Dewon Day (0-1) to set the stage for Garko, who delivered the winning run with a looping single into shallow center field just beyond the reach of Chicago shortstop Juan Uribe.

"It's unexpected (to tie and win the game)," Garko said. "I was just hoping the ball would fall and get (Michaels) to third. I didn't think there was anyway he would score."

Michaels wasted no time in leaving second base and didn't look back to see if the ball would be caught.

"As soon as (Garko) hit it, I hesitated then went," Michaels said. "I didn't know how close he was. It was lucky. I took a guess that it would be out of his reach."

Cleveland reliever Rafael Betancourt (2-0) earned the win after pitching a perfect 11th.

It was the Indians' major league-leading 28th come-from-behind victory this season.

"They've got the confidence all the way to the end," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "This is a special group of young men that respect and appreciate this game and that's the way they play. That's the great thing about baseball, there's no clock out there. You are going to play until the final out and that's the way these guys get after it."

"It's been the story of our season," Garko said. "There are 25 guys pulling on the same rope."

Jenks' inability to close the game comes a day after Guillen threatened to make changes to his bullpen. On Monday, White Sox pitching nearly squandered an 11-2 lead before escaping with an 11-10 victory.

Entering play on Tuesday, the White Sox bullpen was 3-13 with a 7.52 ERA in its last 58 games.

"We got the game where we wanted to," Guillen said. "We got the game to Bobby, but he couldn't hold the lead."

The blown save cost White Sox starter Jon Garland a win after he allowed three runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out two in six innings.

Trailing, 2-0, the White Sox took the lead with a three-run fifth. With two out and a runner on first, Indians starter Paul Byrd gave up a single and a walk to load the bases. Jim Thome delivered a two-run single and Paul Konerko followed with an RBI double down the right field line to give the White Sox a 3-2 edge.

Jermaine Dye's 16th home run of the season off Byrd in the sixth extended the White Sox's lead to 4-2, but the Indians got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Nixon.

Byrd allowed four runs and six hits while striking out three in six innings. He walked two batters for the first time since April 14.

The Indians nearly tied the game in the eighth, but could not break through.

After tossing a perfect seventh, White Sox reliever Charlie Haeger gave up a one-out single to Travis Hafner, who was lifted for pinch runner Ben Francisco. A passed ball and a single by Jhonny Peralta put runners on the corners.

Franklin Gutierrez followed with a shallow fly ball to right field and Francisco attempted to tag up from third. After making the catch in right, Dye fired a strike to catcher A.J Pierzynski, who had ample time to make the tag and complete the inning-ending double play.

The White Sox added an insurance run in the ninth when Pierzynski was hit by a pitch from Tom Mastny with the bases loaded.








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    CLEVELAND 0 1 6 14 1 (FINAL 11)

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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN GARKO SCORED JASON MICHAELS.
    FINAL SCORE: CLEVELAND 6, CHI WHITE SOX 5

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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN GARKO (12) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF BOBBY JENKS SCORED TROT NIXON.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5, CLEVELAND 5
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: M ROUSE (.119, 0-FOR-3)

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    A.J. PIERZYNSKI HIT BY TOM MASTNY PITCH WITH BASES LOADED
    SCORED TADAHITO IGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON SECOND,
    J THOME ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 5
    CLEVELAND 3 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.229, 1-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

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    SINGLE BY TROT NIXON SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T NIXON ON FIRST, F GUTIERREZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4
    CLEVELAND 3 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: K SHOPPACH (.326, 0-FOR-1, BB)

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    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JERMAINE DYE (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF PAUL BYRD.
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 4, CLEVELAND 2
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: R MACKOWIAK (.273, 1-FOR-2)

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    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED TADAHITO IGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P KONERKO ON SECOND, J THOME ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 3
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.255, 0-FOR-1, HBP)

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    SINGLE BY JIM THOME SCORED JUAN URIBE AND JERRY OWENS.
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    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 2
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.269, 0-FOR-1, BB)

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    SACRIFICE FLY BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ SCORED VICTOR MARTINEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PERALTA ON FIRST, T HAFNER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T NIXON (.237, 3 HR, 27 RBI)

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    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 0
    CLEVELAND 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: T HAFNER (.269, 15 HR, 62 RBI)

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