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Crede’s HR Puts ChiSox in First

July 25, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ Joe Crede hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and a game-ending home run in the ninth to rally the White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 7-6 Saturday night. Chicago won its fourth straight overall, its sixth straight at home and moved ahead of Minnesota into the AL Central lead.

The White Sox trailed 4-0 in the fifth inning and 6-2 in the seventh before coming back to send the Tigers to their sixth loss in eight games.

The White Sox, already without Frank Thomas, learned Friday that four-time All-Star Magglio Ordonez could miss the rest of the season because of an injured knee.

``The game tonight was big; it lets everybody know that we can come back,″ Crede said. ``With our big bats out of the lineup right now, it gives us the confidence in the fact that we can come back from a deficit like that.″

Chicago has 29 comeback victories this season and are 10 games over .500, which is a season high.

The White Sox scored three times in the seventh on Crede’s opposite-field double off Jason Johnson and Willie Harris’ sacrifice fly.

Carlos Lee walked against Esteban Yan leading off the eighth, took second on Carl Everett’s grounder, advanced on a wild pitch, then tied it on Paul Konerko’s sacrifice fly.

``They’ve done this before. They get a little momentum going, they get the crowd into it. We just couldn’t stop them,″ Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Crede homered with one out in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch from Ugueth Urbina (3-5), the fourth game-ending homer of Crede’s career.

``You can’t really describe how good it feels. I don’t think there is a word that can describe it,″ Crede said. ``The whole battle was getting a pitch that I wanted.″

Konerko and Jose Valentin also homered for Chicago, which has won eight in a row against division rivals. Damaso Marte (4-4) pitched the ninth for the win.

Carlos Guillen homered twice for Detroit, and Brandon Inge and Marcus Thames also homered.

Orioles 4, Twins 2

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Miguel Tejada homered and drove in two runs to back Sidney Ponson, and the Orioles snapped the Twins’ five-game winning streak.

Ponson (5-12) won consecutive starts for the second time this season. The right-hander gave up two runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings.

David Newhan drove in the tiebreaking run with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly, and the Orioles’ bullpen made it stand up. Jorge Julio worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

Joe Roa (2-2) took the loss for Minnesota. Twins starter Terry Mulholland allowed two runs, four hits and two walks in six innings.

Athletics 6, Rangers 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Mark Kotsay homered twice to help the A’s snap a three-game losing streak.

Kirk Saarloos (2-1) pitched five strong innings for the A’s, who pulled within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Rangers in the AL West. Justin Duchscherer, Jim Mecir and Octavio Dotel combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief.

Saarloos allowed two runs, three hits and five walks in his fourth start of the season. R.A. Dickey (5-7) allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Eric Chavez also homered for Oakland, a two-run shot in the seventh.

Mark Teixeira hit his 23rd home run of the year in the fourth for the Rangers.

Angels 8, Mariners 4

SEATTLE (AP) _ Darin Erstad and Josh Paul each hit two-run homers during a two-out, five-run rally in seventh inning to lead Anaheim.

Robb Quinlan also homered and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the Angels’ third straight win. Erstad drove in three runs and now has 12 RBIs in the last 11 games.

Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Chone Figgins led off with a walk. Two outs later Quinlan doubled off Julio Mateo (1-1), scoring Figgins. Mike Myers relieved and gave up Erstad’s 415-foot homer to make it 5-3.

Bengie Molina singled before Paul drove another pitch by Myers into the stands in left-center. Myers faced four batters and did not get an out.

Aaron Sele (6-0) struggled early but picked up the win. He allowed five hits and three runs _ two earned _ over six innings.

Indians 10, Royals 2; Indians 4, Royals 3

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Rookie Grady Sizemore’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning gave the Indians a 4-3 win and sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

Sizemore’s base hit to left on a 3-2 pitch from Rudy Seanez _ Kansas City’s fourth pitcher in the ninth _ scored pinch-runner Tim Laker and capped Cleveland’s two-run rally.

Matt Miller (3-1) struck out five in two innings as the Indians won their third straight and moved to .500 (49-49) for the first time since July 2.

Chad Durbin (4-4) pitched a six-hitter against his former team to lead the Indians in the first game, who scored eight runs in the second inning off Chris George (1-2). Ronnie Belliard led Cleveland with three RBIs.

Mike Sweeney had three hits for the Royals, who have lost seven of nine.

Blue Jays 4, Devil Rays 2

TORONTO (AP) _ Josh Towers won his third straight start and extended Tampa Bay’s losing streak to five games.

Since moving a season-high two games over .500 on July 3, the Devil Rays have gone 5-14.

Towers (5-3) allowed two runs _ one earned _ and six hits in seven innings. Rookie Jason Frasor got four outs for his 12th save in 13 chances.

Gregg Zaun had two hits and two RBIs for the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford had three hits, including a triple, and stole his league-leading 41st base.

Rob Bell (3-4) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.

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