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Sweeping back into First Place

July 11 v. Seattle Mariners


Today's Free Agency Value:
$11,250,000
"0 for 4 with a strikeout. It's still nice to have him back in the lineup."

Short Take: Freddy Garcia is up to the challenge against his old mates in his best effort for the Sox to date in a 4-3 victory. Sox head to the All Star break all alone in first place.

Freddy Garcia pitched well enough to win, and the Sox bats gave him just enough support as he combined with Damaso Marte and Shingo Takatsu for a 4-3 win over the Mariners this afternoon. The win gave the Sox a sweep of the 3-game series against the slumping M's, and coincidentally put them back atop the American League Central division by 0.5 games over the Twins.

The Mariners would score first in this one, a game in which 6 of the 7 runs were accounted for by home runs. Ichiro led off the third inning with a single, and came home to score on a home run by Randy Winn to give the M's an early 2-0 advantage against their former teammate Garcia. Freddy's counterpart today was Jamie Moyer, the crafty veteran who would go the distance in this one and take the loss. Moyer held the Sox hitless through the first three innings. Aaron Rowand broke through in the 4th however, with a leadoff home run to cut the lead in half. Seattle would get that run back in the 5th. Willie Bloomquist drew a walk, and moved to third base on a single by Ichiro. Garcia would then get Winn to ground into a double play, but Bloomquist would score on the play to put the M's back up by two. The Sox would take the lead in their half of the 5th, never to look back. Recent callup Joe Borchard would lead off the frame with a single. Jose Valentin, hitting 8th in the order today, followed with a two-run homer to tie the game at 3. With one out, Juan Uribe hit his 12th home run of the season to put the Sox up to stay at 4-3. Moyer pitched well, as the White Sox only managed 5 hits off him all day. But they made the hits count and got the job done.

Garcia would go 6 2/3 strong innings for the win, his second in a Sox uniform and 6th overall on the season. He allowed just 6 hits, and recorded 7 strikeouts in a solid performance. Marte allowed just one hit in 1 1/3 innings, and Takatsu needed just 9 pitches to retire all 3 Mariner batters in the 9th for his 5th save of the season. With the Twins losing today, the White Sox (46-38) regain sole possession of first place heading into the All-Star Break. Esteban Loaiza will be in Houston as the lone White Sox representative on Tuesday night. The rest of the guys will have some time to relax before heading out west for a 4-game series with Oakland, beginning Thursday night at 9:05 CDT.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Nothing small today, but efficient as 4 of Sox 5 hits came home to score.


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