Sox Drop Second Game, Lose 4-2

(SN Report #567) - The White Sox weren't as fortunate to pull out a ninth-inning comeback in the second game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader, even after scoring one and putting the tying runs aboard with no outs. The White Sox lost, 4-2.

Mike Porzio, who was called up after Friday night's loss to replace the demoted Dan Wright, made his first major-league start. The 30-year-old Porzio pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and one walk. Porzio struck out six and threw 78 pitches.

The White Sox did attack first, going up 1-0 on Indians' starter Jake Westbrook in the third on a double by Carlos Lee. Scoring was Willie Harris, who walked and stole second.

The control of Porzio kept him in the game, but a Travis Hafner fourth-inning two-run double just out of the reach of a sliding Lee in left put the Indians ahead, 2-1.

Porzio pitched into the sixth inning, when a RBI-double, once again by Hafner, chased him. On the play, a relay by Harris in center, Jose Valentin at shortstop and catcher Miguel Olivo nailed Ricky Gutierrez at home. Rick White finished the inning and pitched 2 1/3 innings total, giving up one run, a homer to Shane Spencer.

Down 4-1, the White Sox made things close in the ninth. Carl Everett led off with a single and advanced two bases on two wild pitches, one being ball four to Brian Daubach. Valentin then hit a hard liner, off the glove of Danys Baez, for an infield single.

That was all for the Sox as pinch-hitters Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas and Harris ended the inning with a strikeout and two pop outs.

Lee and Everett had two hits each, while Roberto Alomar and Valentin had one each. Harris, leading off, went 0-4, as did Ordonez, who during the game was named to the all-star team as a replacement for the injured Manny Ramirez.

The final game of the series and first-half will be played on Sunday afternoon 12:05 CT, with Jon Garland facing Billy Traber. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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