White Sox take two-game lead in AL Central

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2003

CHICAGO Mark Buehrle got another win against Minnesota, and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Twins 8-6 on Tuesday night and take a two-game lead in the AL Central.

Buehrle (12-13) allowed seven hits and two runs in six innings and improved his career record against the Twins to 10-4 his most wins against any team.

Magglio Ordonez, Roberto Alomar and Carlos Lee homered.

The Twins made it close with four runs in the ninth, but Tom Gordon finished for his 11th save.

Victor Martinez hit his second career home run, a three-run shot that capped Cleveland's five-run sixth, as the Indians handed Kansas City its eighth loss in 11 games.

Detroit (37-106) needs six wins in its final 19 games to avoid matching the post-1900 record of 120 losses in a season set by the 1962 New York Mets.

Fernando Rodney (0-3) walked Jorge Posada with one out in the eighth and he was replaced by Henson.

Lowe (15-6) struck out five and walked two, throwing 109 pitches in winning his fourth straight decision since losing two in a row to Baltimore in early August.

Alex Rodriguez drew a one-out walk off reliever Shigetoshi Hasegawa (2-2) and later scored the go-ahead run. Rodriguez reached third on a one-out single by Rafael Palmeiro, whose three-run homer tied it at 4 in the eighth.

Duchscherer (1-0) who last appeared with the Texas Rangers late in the 2001 season, allowed four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking two.

Crawford put the Devil Rays ahead 6-4 with his three-run shot in the fourth.

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