White Sox 11, Indians 0


CLEVELAND (AP) – Jim Thome hit a pair of two-run homers and Javier Vazquez pitched six strong innings to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 11-0 Monday.

Vazquez (6-3) gave up only two singles – both with two outs in the third inning. The right-hander walked three and struck out four in his second consecutive win. Neal Cotts tossed two perfect innings, and Jeff Nelson pitched the ninth to complete the two-hitter.

Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe also homered for the White Sox, who totaled 14 hits and are 2-0 with six homers since manager Ozzie Guillen’s postgame tirade following an 11-inning loss to Toronto on Saturday.

Cleveland third baseman Aaron Boone left with a mild concussion after tumbling headfirst into a photographers’ area trying to catch a foul ball in the third inning.

After Tadahito Iguchi doubled off the left-field wall with one out in the first, Thome hit an 0-2 pitch into the right-field seats for his 19th homer and 2-0 lead against Cliff Lee (3-5).

He hit another two-run shot in the sixth off Guillermo Mota to make it 10-0. His 450th homer passed Jeff Bagwell for 30th on the career list and gave him 36 multihomer games.

Joe Crede and Juan Uribe added RBI singles later in the first inning to make it 4-0.

Konerko opened the third with his 15th homer – and 225th of his career – off the foul pole in left. Crede later singled and scored on Uribe’s fourth homer to make it 7-0.

Before homering on a 3-2 pitch, Uribe lofted a foul ball that Boone couldn’t reach near the Indians’ dugout. The third baseman teetered on a railing before hitting his head on the concrete floor.

Concerned teammates gathered around and play was stopped for several minutes while trainer Lonnie Soloff attended to Boone, who eventually got up and walked to the dugout. He was rubbing the left side of his head.

Lee gave up seven runs and eight hits with one walk over 2 2-3 innings in his shortest start since lasting only 3 1-3 innings in Chicago on April 7, 2005. He had worked at least five innings in 41 consecutive starts in between.

The left-hander is 1-4 with a 7.79 ERA over his last six starts, allowing 51 hits over 32 1-3 innings.

Notes: Indians OF Grady Sizemore extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single, the first hit off Vazquez. … Konerko is hitting .385 (10-for-26) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his career against Lee. … Vazquez is 3-1 in five career outings against Cleveland. … Thome has 178 homers at Jacobs Field – 176 with the Indians.

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