After battling nagging injuries most of the season, Alomar is healthy and it shows. He's batting .417 this month, and in his last 18 games he's hitting .381 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
"All I can do is hit it and hope it's not at somebody," said Alomar, who has raised his average to .290. "That's what's happening right now."
Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak at home against first-place Chicago, which still leads the AL Central by 7 1/2 games. But while the Indians may be too late to catch the White Sox, they opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Oakland in the AL wild card race.
"That's a big loss," Alomar said. "He's been getting a lot of big hits for us."
Burba (14-6), who began having trouble breathing while warming up before the game in the humid conditions, allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings to win for the fourth time in five starts. The right-hander wasn't overpowering, but he kept the White Sox off balance and pitched at least five innings for the 27th time in 28 starts.
"I couldn't catch my breath," Burba said, "and I started cramping up in the fourth inning. But the bottom line is that I battled through it and gve us a chance to win."
Cleveland's bullpen held the White Sox to one hit over the final 3 1-3 innings.
Russell Branyan added a two-run homer and David Segui went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Indians, who roughed up Chicago rookie starter Jon Garland (3-6).
"I got behind guys and I wasn't able to throw strikes," Garland said. "I don't know if it was my mechanics or what it was. The last couple of outings been high with my fastball can't get it in the zone. You leave it over the plate and it just makes them better hitters."
Frank Thomas drove in two runs for the White Sox, who made two errors and blew some scoring chances.
Burba, who seems to have at least one bad inning every start, got out of a jam in the fourth by striking out Greg Norton with two runners on.
However, the White Sox loaded the bases in the fifth and may have gotten closer than 5-2 except that Jose Valentin swung at Burba's first pitch and grounded into a double play before Thomas hit an RBI double.
Alomar, who has benefited from Manny Ramirez's return to the lineup, gave the Indians some breathing room in the sixth with his two-out double. Branyan, who replaced Cordero in left, homered in the seventh off rookie Matt Ginter.
Alomar couldn't remember his last three-double game, which came for the San Diego Padres 10 years ago.
"Maybe Little League?" he asked before being told. "Wow, that was a long time ago."
After failing to get a clutch hit in Friday's 5-4 loss, the Indians got a pair of two-out RBI hits in the first to take a 3-0 lead off Garland, who walked two and made a throwing error in the inning.
Consecutive doubles by Alomar and Ramirez to open the third made it 4-0, and Segui rocketed a single off the wall in right to score Ramirez before getting caught in a rundown.
The 20-year-old Garland, who may be counted on heavily in the postseason, had his second straight poor start since returning from the DL.
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