Sox, Wright Fall to Indians 7-3

(SN Report #509) - The White Sox stranded 11 men on base, while the Indians took advantage of an erratic Danny Wright as the Sox dropped back down to four games under .500 with a 7-3 loss on Friday night. The start of the game was delayed for one-half hour because of rain.

Wright had a 3-1 lead -- coming from a Frank Thomas two-run homer in the first and Thomas RBI-double in the third -- heading into Cleveland's half of the fourth, but the Indians caught up to him, scoring two runs on a Justin Bard double down the right field line. Scoring was Milton Bradley and Jody Gerut, who reached on singles.

The Indians added four more runs in the fifth, all coming with reliever Gary Glover on the mound. Wright was pulled after walking the first two batters, who both scored on a Bradley double, and two batters later, on a double play groundout. Ben Broussard then homered, putting the Indians up 7-3 - the final score.

Glover was charged for two of the runs over 2 2/3 innings. Also in the inning Jerry Manuel was tossed for arguing balls and strikes. Third base coach Bruce Kimm was thrown out in the sixth for arguing the strike zone as well.

The Sox had three players injured in the game. In the first inning, while trying to beat out a grounder, D'Angelo Jimenez stretched, but his foot slide right over the bag and back into the dirt, jamming his knee. Jimenez was on the ground for a few seconds before getting up and remaining in the game. He was safe on the play and scored on Thomas' homer.

In the fifth inning, Sandy Alomar left the game after pulling his right oblique muscle while running to first. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game. The Sox are expected to call up Josh Paul from AAA Charlotte. Alomar was also safe on the play as Omar Visquel bobbled the grounder for an error.

Replacing Alomar was Miguel Olivo, who appeared to have hurt his wrist while sliding into third on a fielder's choice groundout by Carlos Lee. He remained in the game.

Lee went 2-4 in the game with a runs scored, a walk and two stolen bases, giving him four on the season. Thomas went 2-4 with three RBIs, Jimenez went 1-4, but left five men on base, and Paul Konerko and Tony Graffanino each picked up a hit. Magglio Ordonez ended his 14-game hitting streak with an 0-5 game. Ordonez struck out three times and left five men on base.

Dave Sanders threw a scorless inning of relief and Rick White threw 1/3 of an inning, no runs. Wright's line on the day was five runs on four hits and five walks over four innings. He struck out two and threw 98 pitches.

The Sox will play game two on Saturday afternoon at 12:15 CT, with Mark Buehrle going up against Jason Davis. The game will be televised on Fox.

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