White Sox 9, Phillies 8

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CHICAGO (AP)—Joe Borchard set a small crowd abuzz with the longest homer in the 14-year history of U.S. Cellular Field.

But some small ball—a bunt and aggressive baserunning by Timo Perez—were just as big Monday in helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-8 in a wild interleague makeup game.

“I just put my head down and started running. I could feel it was going a long way. I didn’t know how far it would go,” Borchard said.

The second-inning drive to right-center off Brett Myers cleared the bleachers and landed in the middle of a concourse—an estimated 504 feet from the plate. The previous longest homer at the ballpark that opened in 1991 as new Comiskey Park, was a 495-foot shot by Frank Thomas two years ago against the Twins.

“Complete shock,” Borchard said after learning of his feat.

“He crushed it,” Myers said. “It definitely was an impressive shot.”

The White Sox took a 7-6 lead with two runs in the sixth off Roberto Hernandez (2-5) to make a winner of Mark Buehrle (12-8).

Aaron Rowand hit a two-out RBI single off Hernandez to tie it and scored the go-ahead run when third baseman David Bell and Hernandez collided trying to field Perez’s bunt single.

“I think Timo caught David Bell back and actually over a little bit in the hole. It was a good move on his part,” Rowand said. “I had a feeling he might try it. We were thinking along the same lines and it worked out.”

Rowand made it 9-6 in the eighth with his 20th homer, a two-run shot off Todd Jones.

Jim Thome hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Shingo Takatsu, but the Chicago closer struck out Doug Glanville for his 14th save in 15 chances.

Earlier in the game, Perez got caught in a rundown but scored when he knocked the ball out of Bell’s glove at third and then raced home.

“I never had that happen before,” Bell said. “I should have had two hands on it or got a better grip.”

So, Bell was in the center of two of the game’s pivotal plays on a rather manic Monday.

“When games like that happen and you win, it’s OK. But you lose, it’s kind of frustrating. You think of things you could have done differently,” Bell said.

“It was a good bunt and I yelled probably a little too late and he (Hernandez) already committed. I think either one of us would have had a chance to throw him out, but I think I just let him know too late.”

The game was a makeup of a June 10 rainout and the White Sox’s victory clinched interleague bragging rights for the AL this season, 127-125.

“There was some weird stuff happening today, weird defensive plays, some on our part, some on their part,” Myers said.

After Borchard’s homer put the White Sox up 3-2, the Phillies came right back with three runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead. Jason Michaels homered, Bell had an RBI double, and Placido Polanco had a sacrifice fly.

Tomas Perez added a solo shot in the fourth for a 6-3 lead.

Chicago narrowed it to 6-5 in the fifth on an RBI single by Carl Everett and the error on Bell when Perez knocked the ball out of his glove. The rundown began when Everett went too far past first, and the Phillies eventually threw home to try and get Perez.

Myers gave up eight hits and five runs—four earned—in five innings. Buehrle yielded nine hits and six runs in six innings.

The Phillies opened the scoring with two in the second on Marlon Byrd’s RBI single and a throwing error by second baseman Juan Uribe.


The teams split the first two games of the June series while combining for 48 runs, 17 homers and 33 extra-base hits. … White Sox LF Carlos Lee sat out with a sore groin. … The Phillies just finished the first three games of an eight-game homestand, flew to Chicago for the makeup on their charter and were scheduled to go right back home to play Atlanta and the Mets. … Paid attendance was just 5,747, but there were several more thousand fans in the stands because season ticket holders were given comps. … Borchard struck out three straight times after his homer. He’s batting just .163 and getting a chance to play every day with Magglio Ordonez out for the season.

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