Freddy Garcia hasn’t lost a game in two months.
Garcia, who is 5-0 over his last 10 starts dating to a 9-6 defeat to Baltimore on May 14, has gone largely unrecognized on a Chicago staff which sent two starters, Jon Garland and Mark Buehrle, to Tuesday’s All-Star game in Detroit.
Garcia did not receive a decision in his last start before the All-Star break, allowing four runs and nine hits over six innings in the White Sox’s 9-8 loss to Oakland on Sunday. The veteran right-hander struck out four and walked three as he failed to go at least seven innings for the first time in five starts.
Garcia will have a tough act to follow after watching Jose Contreras pitch three-hit ball for seven innings to lead the White Sox to a 1-0 victory in Thursday’s series opener.
The White Sox stopped a season-high three-game losing streak. Cleveland, trying to gain ground on the AL Central leaders, lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell 12 games behind Chicago.
“We’re not trying to look good, we’re just trying to win,” White Sox closer Dustin Hermanson said. “This season is far from over and nothing is locked up. We know we’ve got to battle, but we’ve got a good mix to do it with.”
Frank Thomas’ RBI single in the first inning stood up for Chicago, which improved to 23-9 in one-run games. Cleveland is 14-22 in that category, including 0-6 against Chicago.
The White Sox boast a 27-5 mark against AL Central opponents this year.