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White Sox's Colon strikes out nine in seven innings

DETROIT (AP) -- Normally, Bartolo Colon's approach to pitching is
about as direct as it gets.

He used a little more guile Sunday against the worst offense in
the majors.

Colon struck out a season-high nine in seven innings, earning
his first victory for the Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 win over the
Detroit Tigers.

"He's pitching now, not just sitting on 95-98 mph fastballs,''
Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "When he's doing that and he's
making good pitches with his slider and changeup, he can get some
early outs and he can get some strikeouts. I'll take that
performance every time.''

Colon (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks. The
Tigers have scored only 20 runs in starting the season 1-10.

"Usually, he comes right at you with his fastball, but today he
threw a lot of sliders and mixed things up more than he normally
does,'' Detroit's Craig Paquette said. "I saw eight pitches in my
first at-bat, and I think there were five sliders, a changeup and
only two fastballs.''

The White Sox have won seven of nine, including five victories
over Detroit. The Tigers, who started 0-11 in 2002, beat Chicago
4-3 Saturday for their only win of the season.

Damaso Marte and Billy Koch each pitched a scoreless inning of
relief, with Koch earning his second save. Koch walked Carlos Pena
to start the ninth, but Paquette grounded into a double play and
Matt Walbeck flied out.

"I just made a good enough pitch, had a little bit of sink on
it, so we'd get it on the ground,'' Koch said. "Jose (Valentin)
was able to get up the middle and turn it, which is fortunate for
us.''

A 20-game winner last year, Colon was acquired during the
offseason in a three-team trade that also involved the Montreal
Expos and New York Yankees. He lowered his ERA to 3.32 in three
starts with Chicago.

"Obviously, when you are struggling offensively like we are,
that is one of the last guys you want to see,'' rookie Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "He's one of the few legitimate
big-time pitchers in baseball and he shut us down today. On some
days, it is a matter of not swinging the bat well, but this was
more about the pitcher.''

Making his third career start, Gary Knotts (0-1) gave up three
runs -- two earned -- on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out
five and walked one. Knotts has a 2.19 ERA in two starts this year.

"In spring training, Gary was on the verge of not making this
team, but he has pitched very well in his two starts up here,''
Trammell said. "He's been good enough to win both times.''

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the third. With one out, Sandy Alomar
grounded to third base, but Dmitri Young's throw pulled Pena off
the bag at first for an error. D'Angelo Jimenez struck out, but
Valentin's single moved Alomar to third and Magglio Ordonez
followed with an RBI single to left.

Jimenez led off the sixth with a triple past a sliding Hiram
Bocachica in center field, but Valentin grounded out and second
baseman Ramon Santiago and shortstop Shane Halter made back-to-back
leaping catches to rob Ordonez and Paul Konerko, respectively.

The White Sox, though, added two runs in the seventh.

Brian Daubach walked to lead off the inning and went to third on
Carlos Lee's single. Armando Rios followed with an RBI single. Joe
Crede lined a sacrifice fly to right and Lee scored when catcher
Brandon Inge dropped the ball after a collision at the plate.

"He hit my glove just as I was about to catch the ball,'' Inge
said. "It jarred me a little, but I'm fine. He just knocked my
hand away as the ball was entering my glove.''

Detroit put only one runner in scoring position through the
first six innings, but broke through for two runs in the seventh.

Dean Palmer led off with a walk, went to second on Paquette's
one-out single and third on a wild pitch. He scored on pinch-hitter
Eric Munson's RBI groundout. Santiago followed with a line single
to right, scoring Paquette.

Game notes
Young was making his first start of the season at third
base. His last appearance at third was on April 7, 2002, against
Cleveland. ... Colon got seven of his nine outs with strikeouts
during one stretch between the second and fifth innings. ...
Santiago's fifth-inning single extended his hitting streak to six
games. ... Attendance was just 12,808. ... Santiago and Munson lead
the Tigers with four RBIs. Ordonez leads Chicago with 10. ... The
White Sox stranded 31 runners in the three-game series.