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Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians 11-4
CLEVELAND -- General manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen have preached patience when it comes to assessing the White Sox's younger players this season.
Their resolve is starting to pay off, especially after what Gordon Beckham and Clayton Richard helped accomplish Tuesday night.
Beckham helped lead an offense that handed Cleveland ace Cliff Lee one of the shortest starts of his career in an 11-4 victory over the Indians that was called with two outs in the top of the seventh inning because of rain.
Richard (3-1) won for the first time since May 29 by pitching efficiently to earn his first major-league complete game.
"We think of [Richard] as our future," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "And we have to go with him like we did the rest. Sometimes we have to be patient with the players. The player has to understand we're not in a teaching program. In the meanwhile, we have to stick with them and help them ... get through a tough situation."
The Sox (39-38) went over the .500 mark for the first time since May 2 and matched a season high with their fourth consecutive victory.
The Sox's upswing comes at a time when their youngsters are making more substantial contributions. A lineup that included Jayson Nix, Josh Fields and Beckham helped tag Lee for seven runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings.
"We need those guys to help us and make things happen," Guillen said. "It's not easy to sit on the bench and all of a sudden face Lee, the best left-hander in the American League, and do what they did."
This was Lee's shortest start since he lasted 2 2/3 innings in an 11-0 loss to the Sox on May 29, 2006. The Sox also ended Lee's 47-game streak of pitching at least five innings.
"It was a bad day," the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner said. "That's not in my job description. I'm supposed to go deep into games. ... It seemed like they knew what was coming with every pitch. One of those games."
The start of Tuesday night's game was delayed by 32 minutes by rain, another 30-minute delay ensued after the top of the fourth with the Sox leading 7-1, and the final delay lasted 57 minutes.
Beckham capped the first-inning rally with an RBI single off Lee, and his single in the third preceded a two-run double by fellow rookie Chris Getz.
Beckham hit a solo home run in the fifth off left-hander Mike Gosling, who entered the game after Lee allowed three consecutive singles to start the fourth.
Beckham is batting .383 with 13 RBIs in his last 15 games while raising his batting average to .267.
"We never said this kid won't be a good hitter in the big leagues," Guillen said. "It's a matter of time and confidence."
Richard coped well despite two rain delays, and he retired the side in the sixth after Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run double in the fifth.
"Every start has been a little bit of a work in progress," Richard said. "The work in the bullpen sessions carries over to the field."
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