The Indians played the game hours after learning of the death of
long-time trainer Jim Warfield.
"I didn't have to play the game but I know it was very tough,"
Indians manager Joel Skinner said. "Our guys were very
professional tonight. Yes, we got beat, but we played 27 outs.
That's all you can ask for."
Warfield, 60, collapsed Monday at Jacobs Field and was diagnosed
with a brain aneurysm. He underwent surgery Monday night and
died Tuesday afternoon, ending a more than 30-year association
with the Indians.
"There was a sad spirit in the air," White Sox manager Jerry
Manuel said. "It's tough to come out after losing someone that
meant that much."
Cleveland starter C.C Sabathia, who allowed four runs and eight
hits in 5 2/3 innings, had "JW" inscribed on his cap, as did his
"It was tough concentrating," Sabathia said. "I can usually put
things out of my mind when I'm out there but I couldn't tonight.
I couldn't tell you what I threw to anybody. I was just out
Ellis Burks drove in all four runs for the Indians with a
two-run double in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth.
The four RBI matched a season high for Burks.
But Sabathia could not hold a 4-2 lead, yielding a two-run
single to Royce Clayton in the sixth.
Ordonez, who belted a two-run homer in the first, gave the White
Sox a 5-4 lead by drilling a 1-1 offering from closer Bob
Wickman (0-3) over the right field fence.
"I was looking for a fastball with the first pitch," Ordonez
said. "I wanted to drive the ball and get on base. I wasn't
looking to hit a homer. When you do that, you never hit one."
It was the 10th career multi-homer game and the second of the
season for Ordonez, who also hit a pair against the Detroit
Tigers on July 2.
"Magglio's a guy that sits there in the middle of the lineup
that can carry us," Manuel said. "He came in today for early
Ordonez (71) joined Paul Konerko (74) as the only teammates with
at least 70 RBI this season.
"He's an all-fields hitter," Skinner said of Ordonez. "He is a
strong kid. When you go to the ninth inning with a tie game,
usually one team will put a good swing on the ball. That's what
happened with Magglio."
Antonio Osuna (5-1), the fourth of five Chicago pitchers, got
the last out in the eighth and the first out in the ninth to
register the win.
Damaso Marte retired the final two batters for his second save.
"I like to finish the game," Osuna said. "They brought two
lefties up, so we went to ours. Anyone here can close the game.
We want to win the game and I just want to help."
The Indians had a chance to force extra innings as Ricky
Gutierrez led off the ninth with a single and moved up on pinch
hitter John McDonald's sacrifice.
But Marte replaced Osuna and struck out pinch hitter Travis
Fryman and got rookie Chris Magruder to pop up to second to
close out the victory.
"It was a difficult night for us," Burks said. "It was a long
day for everybody. We didn't think about not playing. His
(Warfield's) wife wanted us to go on and celebrate his life,
instead of mourning."
The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak for the
Indians, who have split six games since the All-Star break.
Chicago starter Dan Wright yielded four runs and seven hits over