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Published: Monday, 6/7/2010

Tribe loses chance at sweeping White Sox

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is happy his team got a big hit to avoid a sweep at home. Now he is hoping to get his ace back on track.

Carlos Quentin hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning to lead the White Sox to a 8-7 comeback victory over the Cleveland Indians Sunday.

Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer, his 17th of the season, and Alex Rios was 2 for 3 with three runs scored for the White Sox, who came back from an early 6-2 deficit to improve to 2-4 on a nine-game homestand.

The White Sox also got Mark Buehrle off the hook after he had another rough outing.

J.J. Putz (1-2) struck out two in a scoreless seventh to get the win, and Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

With the score tied at six in the seventh, Juan Pierre led off with a single off Indians reliever Tony Sipp (0-2). Sipp was lifted after a sacrifice bunt by Omar Vizquel.

Indians reliever Jensen Lewis came in and walked Rios and Konerko to load the bases. Indians manager Manny Acta brought in left-hander Rafael Perez, who got Mark Kotsay to fly out to shallow center field. Then with two outs, Quentin hit Perez' 0-2 pitch up the middle to score Pierre and Rios and give the White Sox an 8-6 lead.

"That's what a good team does. Kotsay couldn't do it. Then Quentin picked it up with two outs. That's what we've been missing all year long, those kind of at-bats," Guillen said.

Buehrle allowed six runs over three innings on eight hits. He left after throwing 95 pitches. Since last season's perfect game against Tampa Bay, he has given up five or more runs in 12 of 25 outings.

"Buehrle is type of guy you're going to kill him or he's going to get you out," Guillen said.

Lou Marson hit a three-run homer, and Austin Kearns had three hits for the Indians.

After winning the first two games of the series, the Indians failed to complete their first three-game road sweep over the White Sox in 11 years.

"I'm disappointed that we couldn't win the ball game and end up with a .500 road trip. We started off great scoring six runs off their No. 1 guy, chasing him out of there after the third inning," Acta said.



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