Chicago (49-42) at Cleveland (46-48)

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Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Jul 22, 2004
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After his best outing in a White Sox uniform, Freddy Garcia looks to keep Chicago in the thick of the AL Central race as they close out a two-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field.

The right-hander is coming off his third victory in four starts since being traded to the White Sox from Seattle on June 27. Garcia gave up one earned run and two hits while striking out six in 6 2-3 innings to help the White Sox to a 5-2 victory over Oakland on Saturday.

“I was feeling pretty good today, really strong,” said Garcia, who has a 3.95 ERA with the White Sox. “It was another start for me, but obviously I know we are 1-15 (at Network Associates Coliseum). We don’t have really good success against the American League West, so it was good to come up with the win today.”

The White Sox were most impressed with Garcia’s poise. The 28-year-old hurler was acquired with the hope that he could deliver under pressure during the stretch run.

“That’s a good example of what Freddy brings to our team,” said White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand. “To win a game like this and get a performance like that out of Freddy is huge. That’s what we will need, especially down the stretch when we are facing teams in our division.”

“He’s doing the job they’ve asked of him,” added Chicago catcher Ben Davis, who also came over in the trade from Seattle. “He wants the big games. He likes that pressure.”

Mark Buehrle pitched a two-hitter, retiring the first 19 straight and facing the minimum 27 batters to help the White Sox rout the Indians 14-0 on Wednesday. Chicago, which had lost nine of its previous 15, remained a half-game behind division-leading Minnesota.

Carlos Lee homered twice and Jose Valentin added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who blew it open with a six-run fifth and finished with 19 hits. Valentin’s 21st homer leaves him four shy of joining Cal Ripken Jr. and Alex Rodriguez as the only shortstops to hit 25 or more in five straight seasons.

The last time the Indians were shut out so decisively was a 14-0 loss at Yankee Stadium in 1992. Cleveland, 6-4 in its last 10 games, dropped the opener of a nine-game homestand.

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F. Garcia Atl vs. C. Sabathia NYY
13-11 Record 11-10
3.81 ERA 4.12
184 K 139
64 BB 72
1.22 WHIP 1.32