The White Sox, whose previous six-game home skid was from Aug. 30-Sept. 11, 1999, halted the slide with a 3-2 victory on Sunday, one day after blowing a 5-3 ninth-inning lead and losing 6-5.
Chicago, which had lost four in a row and 11 of 13 overall, moved into a second-place tie with the Indians, six games behind behind Minnesota for first-place in the AL Central. The White Sox are also within 4 1/2 games of Texas and Boston in the wild-card race.
“Hopefully this emotion and this satisfaction lasts another two or three weeks,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The White Sox are trying to avoid losing four straight series. A victory Monday would give them a split of this four-game set.
“We have to take care of our own problems and then pick up ground here and there on Minnesota,” said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who went 1-for-2 with an RBI on Sunday. “At this point, we can’t worry about anyone else. We just have to worry about righting our own ship.”
Ben Davis, who drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth Sunday, is batting .429 (9-for-21) with three doubles, a homer and five RBIs in his last six games.
The Indians had won four straight and 11 of 16 overall before Sunday.
Victor Martinez was 1-for-4 with a solo homer in his return to Cleveland’s starting lineup. The All-Star catcher hadn’t started the previous three games because of a sore right hamstring.
Casey Blake was 3-for-4, giving him 12 hits in his last 25 at-bats (.480), but Matt Lawton went 0-for-4 for the Indians. Lawton came in hitting .362 (17-for-47) with two homers, 12 RBIs and seven walks against the White Sox this season.
“Hopefully we can come back (Monday) and try to win the series,” Lawton said. ”(Monday) is a very important game for us.”
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