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Freddy Garcia gets win for White Sox

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL The latest addition to the White Sox pitching staff got past Oakland as Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Aaron Rowand homered for Chicago

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Closer Damaso Marte of the White Sox pitches against the Athletics in Oakland, California, Saturday. The White Sox won 5-2.

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Freddy Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to the White Sox to lead Chicago over the Oakland Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Aaron Rowand homered for the White Sox, who won for the second time in their last 17 games at Oakland.

"We finally won a game here," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We'll do anything we can to score runs, especially against a pitching staff like Oakland's. A one-run lead is not easy against them."

Garcia (7-8) is 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA since Seattle dealt him to the White Sox on June 27. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and two hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and walking two.

"He's been great in his four starts here," said Chicago catcher Ben Davis, who also came over in the trade. "He's doing the job they've asked of him. He wants the big games. He likes that pressure."

Shingo Takatsu finished the four-hitter to remain perfect in six save chances.

Mark Redman (6-7) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings.

Orioles 3, Devil Rays 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Miguel Tejada had three hits and an RBI, leading Rodrigo Lopez and Baltimore past Tampa Bay.

Earlier in the day, Tampa Bay designated Fred McGriff for assignment, ending his comeback with the Devil Rays. The 40-year-old slugger is seven homers shy of 500.

Lopez (7-5) allowed only one run despite walking five in 5 1-3 innings. He got help from four relievers, and Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16 opportunities. Julio gave up a solo homer to Aubrey Huff.

The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Devil Rays. Dewon Brazelton (2-3) has dropped three straight decisions. He lasted 4 2-3 innings.

Yankees 5, Tigers 3

In Detroit, Orlando Hernandez won his second straight start since getting called up from the minors as New York beat Detroit for its sixth victory in seven games.

Gary Sheffield homered and drove in three runs for the Yankees. The Tigers, who matched their 2003 wins total Friday, lost for just the third time in nine games.

Before a crowd of 41,857, the third-largest in Comerica Park's five-year history, Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He beat Tampa Bay 10-3 last weekend, his first game in the majors since 2002.

Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera finished. Gordon struck out four in 1 2-3 perfect innings, and Rivera got three straight outs for his AL-leading 33rd save in 34 chances.

Gary Knotts (5-4) gave up four runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Angels 8, Red Sox 3

In Anaheim, California, Vladimir Guerrero and Adam Kennedy homered, and Bartolo Colon pitched six solid innings to lead the Anaheim over Boston.

Colon (7-8) won his second straight start after going 1-6 with an 8.45 ERA in his previous 10 outings. The right-hander allowed a run and three hits, including the first of Johnny Damon's two homers. He struck out one and walked five.

Darin Erstad and Garret Anderson each hit a two-run single, helping the Angels win for the seventh time in nine games.

Tim Wakefield (5-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings.

Indians 6, Mariners 5

In Seattle, Ben Broussard hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and drove in three runs ti send C.C. Sabathia and Cleveland to a victory over Seattle.

All-Star second baseman Ronnie Belliard made a running catch of Miguel Olivo's broken-bat mishit with the bases loaded in the ninth, preserving the victory for Cleveland. David Riske struck out his first two batters in the ninth, then loaded the bases before retiring Olivo for his fifth save.

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