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Ordonez, ChiSox Shock Tribe


James Baldwin figured he had a score to settle, so with some offensive support from Magglio Ordonez, he went out and shut down the Cleveland Indians' powerful offense.

Baldwin kept Cleveland in check for 5 2-3 innings to earn his first win in a month and Ordonez homered and drove in three runs to help the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland 6-3 victory Sunday.

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  • "The way they beat me earlier, I wanted to redeem myself," Baldwin said.

    Baldwin (5-11) had allowed nine runs in 5 1-3 innings in two previous starts this season against Cleveland. This time, he gave up two runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings.

    "I wanted to come out with intensity," Baldwin said. "I brought my best stuff from the bullpen to the mound and was able to throw some good off speed pitches for strikes. It felt good to get one back against Cleveland."

    Baldwin allowed only an infield single by Omar Vizquel over the first five innings before giving up a two-run homer to Roberto Alomar in the sixth.

    "I lost my focus for a minute there and you can't do that against that team," Baldwin said.

    Baldwin then walked Jacob Cruz and was relieved by Keith Foulke.

    "I didn't know if he could regroup," manager Jerry Manuel said. "It was all about pitch count. He made 100 pitches and I don't think you can find it after you have lost it after 100 pitches."

    Ordonez drove in three runs with three hits, ncluding his 25th homer. The blast over the wall in center gave Chicago a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning against Charles Nagy (12-7). Ordonez also hit an RBI single in the second and a run-scoring double in the ninth.

    Bobby Howry got three outs for his 17th save.

    Alomar's two-run homer, his 18th of the season and third in two days, followed a two-out walk to Vizquel and pulled Cleveland within 4-2 in the sixth.

    Nagy allowed a line single to Ray Durham on the first pitch of the game and gave up four runs and seven hits in the first two innings.

    Brian Simmons' leadoff homer started Chicago's four-run second.

    Nagy nearly escaped further damage until Chris Singleton's two-out pop fly to right was misjudged by Manny Ramirez into a two-run double. Ramirez broke back, then came stumbling in and fell down as the wind-blown ball dropped safely.

    "I was very surprised it dropped in," Singleton said. "I have no idea what happened."

    Said Indians manager Mike Hargrove: "Manny is a good outfielder, it just looked to me like he never saw the ball."

    Ordonez singled in the fourth run of the inning.

    "Nagy pitched well, even in that inning," Hargrove said. "He should have only allowed one run in the second. He certainly pitched well enough to win."

    Alex Ramirez had an RBI single off Foulke in the Cleveland seventh to make it 5-3.

    Notes:

  • Catcher Jesse Levis, re-signed Friday, made his first start for the Indians since Sept. 20, 1995 also against Chicago.
  • Cleveland's Kenny Lofton missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring and David Justice missed his seventh in a row with a bruised left wrist.
  • Chicago has scored first in 12 of 18 games since the All-Star break.
  • Cleveland is 56-51 against Chicago in the 1990s. It is the Indians' first winning mark against the White Sox in a decade since the 1940s (114-103).

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