Iguchi's hit in 19th leads White Sox past Red Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- No one was happier than Tadahito Iguchi when he

put an end to a pre-All-Star break marathon on Sunday.

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Trot Nixon
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Trot Nixon went 0-for-9 in Sunday's marathon game and Jason Varitek, hitting directly behind Nixon in the order, went 0-for-8. The last time two major-league teammates each had eight or more at-bats without a hit in the same game was on June 3, 1989, when the Dodgers' John Shelby (0-for-10) and Mike Davis (0-for-8) did it in a 22-inning game at Houston.

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Iguchi's bases-loaded single in the 19th sent the Chicago White

Sox to a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox in a 6-hour, 19-minute

game that began in sunshine and ended with the lights on at U.S.

Cellular Field.

The teams used eight pitchers each and combined to throw 570

pitches.

Bothered by a sprained ankle, Iguchi looked a bit weary as his

teammates mobbed him near the first-base line after the White Sox

avoided a three-game sweep in the matchup of the last two World

Series winners.

"I'm glad it ended when it did," Iguchi said. "Now I'm ready

to use the All-Star break to get healthy."

Jermaine Dye tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the

ninth with a homer off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, the first

run the rookie has given up on the road all season.

After the Red Sox scored two in the 11th, the White Sox

responded with two in their half. Then it looked for a while like

the game might never end.

"We're not going to quit because we're in extra innings and

everybody is tired," Dye said. "There were some crazy things

going on out there."

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the 19th off Rudy

Seanez (2-1), the eighth Boston pitcher, using consecutive singles

by Alex Cintron, Rob Mackowiak and Scott Podsednik. Iguchi then

singled between shortstop and third base.

Cliff Politte (2-2) worked the top of the 19th for the win. It

was the longest game by both innings and time in the majors this

season.

"You got to keep going and keep running out there," Chicago

catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.

It was Boston's longest game by innings since going 19 innings

on Aug. 1, 2000, against Seattle and the White Sox's longest since

playing 19 at Milwaukee in May 1991. It was also the longest game

by innings at U.S. Cellular Field, which opened in 1991.

"It was mentally and physically exhausting trying to

concentrate for that many pitches," Red Sox second baseman Mark Loretta said.

"It's grueling. It's emotionally draining. It becomes really an

endurance match after a while. ... It's deflating when you have a

lead and they come back a couple of different times."

Loretta's two-run, two-out single in the top of the 11th gave

Boston the lead again, but the White Sox tied it in the bottom

half, despite some crazy baserunning.

Jim Thome doubled, went to third on Paul Konerko's single and

scored on Dye's double to right-center to make it 5-4.

Pinch-runner Ross Gload held at third on the double and then the

Red Sox walked Pierzynski intentionally to load the bases.

When Joe Crede hit a liner to right-center, Trot Nixon made a

running catch.

Gload wasn't sure whether to tag or run and when he finally went

back to the bag, Dye had already arrived there thinking Crede's

ball would drop. Dye raced back to second and Gload had to stay at

third.

Cintron then hit what could have been a game-ending double-play

grounder to second, but he beat the relay throw to first for a

fielder's choice to tie the game again.

Reliever Matt Thornton struck out Nixon with the bases loaded in

the top of the 13th.

Chicago's Brandon McCarthy allowed one hit in 4 1/3 scoreless

innings of relief and Boston's Julian Tavarez gave up one hit in

four shutout innings.

Dye's 25th homer bailed Jose Contreras out again and kept his

17-game regular-season winning streak dating to last Aug. 15

intact. It is the third time in his last five starts that Contreras

got a no-decision after leaving the game with Chicago trailing.

Red Sox starter Curt Schilling worked six strong innings,

allowing two runs and five hits, including a line-drive RBI single

by Thome that hit him in the right elbow in the sixth. Schilling

stayed in the game and retired the final two batters, leaving with

a 3-2 lead. But then his elbow began to swell.

"It's pretty swollen and pretty sore," Schilling said after

the game. "The spot were it got me, it wasn't going to be long. As

soon as I got in the dugout within 20 or 30 seconds, there was no

shot of me being able to throw a baseball."

Contreras allowed only four hits in six innings, but struggled

with his control, walking five and throwing a pair of wild pitches.

David Ortiz delivered a run-scoring single in the first after

Youkilis drew a leadoff walk and moved up on a wild pitch. Lowell

hit his 11th homer in the fourth and Boston went up 3-0 when

Contreras hit Loretta with a bases-loaded pitch.

Iguchi's 10th homer made it 3-1 in the bottom of the inning.

Chicago's Brian Anderson doubled to lead off the sixth. One out

later, Iguchi walked before Thome sent a hard liner up the middle

that hit Schilling and ricocheted into the outfield for an RBI

single to make it 3-2. Iguchi raced to third but was stranded when

Konerko flied out to shallow center and Dye struck out.Game notes
Pittsburgh beat Houston 8-7 in 18 innings on May 27. The

game lasted 5 hours and 49 minutes and was the majors' longest game

this season by innings and time before Sunday. ... Trot Nixon went

0-for-9 for the Red Sox. ... Papelbon, who entered the game with a

0.41 ERA, has now given up just three runs all season. ...

Schilling's start was the 400th of his career.