Crede's HR Lifts White Sox Past Indians

Chicago wins pitchers' duel to avoid opening series sweep
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 6:36 PM CDT
Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko, left, ,throws out Cleveland Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach at first base after Shoppach bunted in the sixth inning in a baseball game, Thursday, April 3, 2008, in Cleveland....   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – Even though his pitchers allowed 17 runs in losing the first two games of the season, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen maintained a positive outlook. "We expected to win at least one game this year," Guillen said after Chicago defeated the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Thursday. John Danks didn't allow a hit until Casey Blake singled leading off the sixth inning, and Joe Crede hit a tiebreaking home run off Jake Westbrook to lead off the eighth.

The win prevented the Indians from sweeping the three-game series. "It's big to come in here and win a game against these guys," Crede said. Octavio Dotel (1-1) retired Blake on a flyout with runners on second and third to end the seventh, Scott Linebrink pitched a perfect eighth and Bobby Jenks retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save.