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White Sox win a close one against Indians

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CHICAGO - Jermaine Dye hit a solo homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run single off Rafael Betan-court in the eighth inning to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

After taking two of three from AL Central leader Detroit, the White Sox appeared headed toward a loss until Dye lined a 1-2 pitch to center to drive in Jim Thome and Paul Konerko with the tying and go-ahead runs.

The hit made a winner of Matt Thornton (1-1), who pitched two-thirds of an inning. Bobby Jenks allowed first and second in the ninth before retiring Aaron Boone on a grounder for his 18th save in 19 opportunities.

Cleveland's Cliff Lee allowed four runs and five hits in a season-high 7 2-3 innings. He retired 15 of 16 batters before Dye hit his 19th homer with two outs in the sixth - a solo shot that made it 4-3.

Lee left after walking Thome on a close 3-2 pitch with two outs in the eighth. Konerko, who had three hits, then doubled to left off Betancourt (0-2) to put runners on second and third for Dye.

Cleveland's Travis Hafner hit a three-run homer, his 17th, off Neal Cotts in the sixth.

Cotts relieved starter Javier Vazquez with two outs and runners on first and second, and Hafner knocked a 3-2 pitch to the seats in right-center to put the Indians ahead 4-2.

Vazquez struck out a season-high nine, but hit three batters, allowed seven hits and threw 110 pitches in 5 2-3 in-nings. In his last two starts, Vazquez has allowed eight runs in 12 innings.

Brian Anderson robbed Hafner of an extra-base hit with runners on first and second in the eighth, when he snagged a drive just before crashing into the wall in center for the second out.

Grady Sizemore had three hits and scored two runs. Ben Broussard extended his hitting streak to eight games with two singles and drove in a run.

The Indians stranded 14 runners.

Lee was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first three starts against Chicago, while Vazquez was dominant in winning his first two outings against Cleveland, going 2-0 with one unearned run in 12 innings.

Notes:@ Struggling Indians reliever Scott Sauerbeck was designated for assignment on Friday - 10 days after he was arrested. Besides his problems on the mound, Sauerbeck was recently arrested, accused of fleeing police along with a woman charged with driving his car while drunk. The Indians have 10 days to trade, release or send the 34-year-old Sauerbeck to the minors. Manager Eric Wedge said the move was "strictly performance-related." Sauerbeck went 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 24 appearances. The club recalled rookie Rafael Perez from Double-A Akron to fill his spot. … Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … Third base umpire Tim McClelland was a late arrival, so a three-man crew started the game. … Chicago SS Juan Uribe was back in the starting lineup for the first time since missing two games for the birth of his son.


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