Kansas City (56-96) at Chicago (77-75)

Fair Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 24, 2004
  • TV: RTN, WCIU
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Freddy Garcia has been dominant during the day this season. His starts at night have been another story.

He will try to put an end to that trend when the Chicago White Sox resume their four-game series with the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Garcia allowed one run and six hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 6-1 victory over Detroit on Saturday afternoon. The right-hander improved to 8-0 with a 2.72 ERA in nine day starts this year.

“I was throwing everything and they were working. I like pitching day games,” said Garcia, who struck out eight and walked five.

In Garcia’s previous start, a night outing at Minnesota on Sept. 14, he allowed for six runs and three hits over 5 1-3 innings, walking five and striking out two, in a 10-2 defeat. The loss dropped Garcia’s night record to 4-11 with a 4.36 ERA in 20 starts.

Joe Crede homered in consecutive innings, including a game-winning three-run shot in the ninth, as the White Sox rallied past the Royals 7-6 on Thursday.

“First and second like that, you want to try to drive the ball the other way into the gap,” said Crede, who led off the eighth with a homer to start Chicago’s comeback from a five-run deficit.

Aaron Rowand and Ross Gload also homered for Chicago, which has won three straight.

Matt Stairs hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who were coming off back-to-back series wins over Cleveland and Tampa Bay.

“I don’t care about the home run. The bottom line is we lost the game,” Stairs said. “You think you have it in the bag. It’s not a good feeling. There’s not much you can say.”

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9-8 Record 13-11
5.35 ERA 3.81
49 K 184
43 BB 64
1.35 WHIP 1.22