Sabathia, Tribe down White Sox

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 22, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) - C.C. Sabathia allowed one run in eight impressive innings, and Ronnie Belliard and Casey Blake homered in the first inning of the Cleveland Indians' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Victor Martinez had a career-high four hits for the Indians, who moved within two games of the White Sox for second place in the AL Central.

Sabathia (5-3) scattered four hits and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, including the last seven. He struck out four and walked one, and lowered his ERA from 2.95 to 2.80 - second in the AL to Oakland's Tim Hudson (2.78).

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Matt Miller pitched a perfect ninth to complete the four-hitter.

Aaron Rowand went 3-for-4, including a solo homer in the fourth, for the White Sox, who have lost five of their last six. Scott Schoeneweis (5-6) took the loss.

Angels 10, Athletics 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Vladimir Guerrero went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs, and David Eckstein hit a two-run double in the Angels' four-run fifth inning.

John Lackey (5-8) allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. The right-hander struck out four and walked none while winning for only the second time in his last eight starts.

Oakland's sixth loss in seven games dropped the A's into a first-place tie in the AL West with the idle Texas Rangers, a full game ahead of Anaheim.

Rich Harden (3-5) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked two.