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White Sox pound Tribe 14-7

CHICAGO (AP) ― Paul Konerko just wants to trust his instincts every time he steps to the plate. The way he’s stinging the ball, why wouldn’t he?

“It doesn’t come easy,” Konerko said.

He sure is making it look that way, and so are his teammates, for that matter.

Dayan Viciedo homered in his third straight game, Konerko had four hits, and the Chicago White Sox pounded Derek Lowe and the short-handed Cleveland Indians 14-7 on Saturday for their eighth win in nine games.

Chicago scored four in the first and four more while chasing Lowe in the third after Cleveland scored five in the top half. Viciedo’s two-run homer made it 8-5, and the White Sox pulled away late after Cleveland got within one, tying a season high with their fourth straight win.
Choo Shin-soo hits a single in the fifth inning. (AP-Yonhap News)
Choo Shin-soo hits a single in the fifth inning. (AP-Yonhap News)

They now trail the first-place Indians by just 1 1-2 games in the AL Central and will try to complete the sweep on Sunday, after another impressive day at the plate.

They set season highs for hits (17) and runs and have scored 81 over the past 12 games.

Alex Rios had three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth after being robbed of a three-run drive by center fielder Michael Brantley in the first. Viciedo also had three hits and drove in five runs, and Konerko came up big again, just as he’s been doing.

Hamilton lifts Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ― Even under the weather, Josh Hamilton is tough to stop.

Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning as the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jas 8-7 Saturday.

Nelson Cruz, Yorvit Torrealba and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive homers for Texas in the sixth inning.

Hamilton’s game-ending homer, the third of his career, came while he was fighting an upper respiratory infection. Hamilton had to get IV fluids and oxygen after the game, and he used ammonia towels and fluids during the game to fend off the effects of the 91 degree heat. The mid-day game lasted 4 hours, 38 minutes.

NY Mets 9, San Diego 0

Detroit 6, Minnesota 3

Kansas City 4, Baltimore 3

NY Yankees 9, Oakland 2

Washington 8, Atlanta 4

Miami 5, San Francisco 3

Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2

LA Angels 5, Seattle 3

Cincinnati 10, Colorado 3

Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 2

Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 0

LA Dodgers 6, Houston 3

Arizona 8, Milwaukee 5
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