Philadelphia (29-27) at Chicago (31-24)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 9, 2004
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Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen could not believe the way balls were flying out of U.S. Cellular Field.

He’ll look for the offensive surge to continue when the White Sox meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle game of their interleague series.

Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko both homered twice Tuesday to help Chicago outslug Philadelphia 14-11 in the series opener. The teams combined for nine home runs and 30 hits.

“The ball was carrying pretty good,” Guillen said. “It was real interesting to watch. We didn’t know what was going to happen. Even when we were up by six runs, I was still sweating.”

Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also connected for the White Sox, whose six homers were one shy of the team record set in 1955 against the Kansas City Athletics.

Thomas was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs, becoming the team’s all-time leader in doubles with 432. Uribe finished 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs.

The White Sox, who fell three runs short of their season high, had lost four of their previous five. They needed Tuesday’s offensive outburst to offset two three-run homers by Phillies slugger Jim Thome.

Thome, who spent 11 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, has 39 career homers against the White Sox—his third-most against any team. The veteran slugger finished 3-for-5 Tuesday, and his six RBIs tied a career high. It was his first multihomer game of the season and the 33rd of his career.

In addition to Thome, the White Sox will be forced to deal with another former AL Central rival on Wednesday.

Philadelphia starter Eric Milton, acquired from Minnesota during the offseason, has been the Phillies’ most consistent starter this season, winning seven of his first 11 starts.

The 28-year-old left-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his past five outings. He gave up one run and five hits over seven innings Friday in a 9-1 rout of Atlanta.

“Any time you can pitch with a lead, it’s a plus,” Milton said. “Things worked out the last couple of times. I’ll stick with what I’ve been doing.”

Philadelphia has lost two straight and six of eight.

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E. Milton LAD vs. J. Garland Col
14-6 Record 12-11
4.75 ERA 4.89
161 K 113
75 BB 76
1.35 WHIP 1.38