Sabathia Ties White Sox In Knots ... Again

This is how the Indians dreamed this season would end when they were all tucked into their training-camp beds last March. C.C. Sabathia fanning 11 over eight scoreless innings and Ryan Garko driving in five runs to power Cleveland past rival Chicago, 6-0, with five games left, one night after eliminating the White Sox. If only that pesky six-month nightmare of 156 other games hadn't intervened ...

"C.C. was outstanding," manager Eric Wedge said. "And Garko continued to drive in big runs. He's made a case for himself for next year."

Sabathia (12-11) gave up only four hits, didn't issue a walk, and retired the final 10 Chisox he faced -- but wasn't ready to leave.

"I was pleading hard," the left-hander said about trying to talk Wedge into letting him post his seventh complete game and third shutout of the season.

"Not completing it takes nothing away from his performance," Wedge said. "It's not easy to take a guy out, but he had made over 120 pitches. It was the wise thing to do."

Inserting Garko into the cleanup spot in the order with leading hitter Travis Hafner out of the season, has proven to be pretty smart, too.

The rookie hit a two-run double and three-run homer to give himself 32 RBI in 34 games since mid-August and 41 overall for the season.

Victor Martinez, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single, drove in Cleveland's other run with a sacrifice fly.

The key hits notwithstanding, the Indians struck out 12 times over seven innings against Chicago starter Javier Vazquez.

"He's a pretty good pitcher," Wedge said. "He's got a good overhand curve, good command and mixes it up."

Matt Miller retired the White Sox in order on 12 pitches in the ninth to complete one of the shortest games of the season -- only two hours, 19 minutes.

It was just the way so many Indians fans had envisioned it happening -- just too little, too late for this season.

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