CHICAGO (AP) -- No one was happier than Tadahito Iguchi when he
put an end to a pre-All-Star break marathon on Sunday.
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.
The teams used eight pitchers each and combined to throw 570
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
"I'm glad it ended when it did," Iguchi said. "Now I'm ready
to use the All-Star break to get healthy."
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
"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.
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
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
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.
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.
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