CHICAGO - Jose Contreras allowed one run over 61/3 innings, Jermaine Dye had three RBIs, and the surging Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 last night for their 16th victory in the last 22 games.
Contreras (4-7) is 4-2 since being recalled from the minors on June 8 and beat the Indians for the second time in a week. He allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out nine.
Jhonny Peralta's sixth homer of the season ended Contreras' shutout bid in the seventh. After Travis Hafner and Ryan Garko followed Peralta's homer with consecutive singles, Matt Thornton relieved and got pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll to hit into a double play.
Dye had an RBI double in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the third off Aaron Laffey (3-2) and singled home another run in the seventh off Jose Veras.
Laffey, who strained his right oblique on May 22, was activated from the disabled list before the game. He allowed seven hits and four runs in six innings.
Chicago got a run in the first when Alexei Ramirez singled and raced home on Dye's double into the left-field corner.
The White Sox tacked on three in the third when they had four straight hits. Scott Podsednik walked, and Ramirez singled before Dye and Paul Konerko followed with RBI singles to make it 3-0. Another single by Jayson Nix loaded the bases, and Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly put Chicago ahead by four.
Contreras struck out six of the first nine batters he faced, including the side in the second inning. After getting two singles in the first, Cleveland didn't manage
another hit until Asdrubal
Cabrera's infield single off Beckham's in the sixth.