White Sox defeat Red Sox

Posted: Tuesday, September 06, 2005

BOSTON — Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Paul Konerko homered off Curt Schilling to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Monday for their fifth straight win.

Juan Uribe had a single, a double and a homer in the makeup of an Aug. 14 rainout. Boston lost for just the third time in 24 home games, and its AL East lead over the second-place New York Yankees was cut to three games.

McCarthy (2-1) allowed three hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Schilling (5-7) gave up four runs, nine hits, three walks and a hit batter in 6 1-3 innings, striking out four. It was the first time in six starts this season the former ace, who is recovering from ankle surgery, allowed fewer five earned runs.

Keith Foulke pitched 1 2-3 hitless innings in his second scoreless outing since missing 50 games for left knee surgery.

Tony Graffanino hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bobby Jenks.

Mariners 2, Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. — Teen phenom Felix Hernandez (3-2) allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one, dropping Oakland 1 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West and 1 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees, who lead the wild-card race.

Seattle scored in the sixth against Joe Blanton (8-11) on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly and Greg Dobbs' run-scoring single.

Yuniesky Betancourt had a triple for Seattle, which handed the A's their fifth loss in six games. Eddie Guardado worked the ninth for his 30th save, completing a five-hitter.

Indians 2, Tigers 0

DETROIT — Scott Elarton (8-7) allowed four hits in 6 1-3 innings as Cleveland pulled within 1 1/2 games of the AL wild-card lead. He had been 0-2 in five starts since Aug. 2.

Jose Hernandez homered to help send Detroit to its fifth straight loss. The Tigers haven't scored in 19 innings.

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 36th save, getting pinch-hitter Chris Shelton to ground into a game-ending double play with runners on first and second. Shelton nearly won the game on the previous pitch, hitting a foul ball into the seats near the pole in right field.

Mike Maroth (12-13) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

Rangers 7, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS — David Dellucci hit a three-run double to back Kameron Loe (8-4), who allowed five hits in eight innings, the longest of his three starts this season. C.J. Wilson pitched a one-hit ninth as Texas won for the 11th time in 15 games.

Minnesota made two errors that led to five unearned runs and dropped 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

Carlos Silva (9-7) allowed six runs — one earned — and eight hits in seven innings. He is 2-4 since the All-Star break despite a 2.85 ERA. Top prospect Francisco Liriano made his major league debut for the Twins, giving up a long home run to Gary Matthews Jr. in the ninth.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE — Gustavo Chacin (12-8) gave up one run, four hits and a walk in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win in seven starts since July 31.

Shea Hillenbrand scored a run and drove in one. Bruce Chen (11-9) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

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