CLEVELAND—Surviving 40-degree temperatures was the least of the White Sox's worries Friday night.
They managed to overcome Cleveland's 13-hit attack with enough offense and some high-wire-act pitching to hold off the Indians 6-4 at Jacobs Field.
Ozzie Guillen said after Cleveland brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning. "They left a few guys on base."
The late-inning scare against Bobby Jenks was enough for Guillen to express some concern about his closer. Guillen visited the mound with a three-run lead after Jenks allowed singles to Ryan Garko (who had four hits) and David Dellucci (three hits) to start the ninth.
"I might have to be a little careful," said Guillen, mindful Jenks has pitched in four consecutive games. "He's pitching well. But his velocity isn't there. We might be using him more [than we should]. I'll take the blame for that."
While Guillen was accepting responsibility for Jenks, Juan Uribe was getting proper credit for his four-RBI night.
"As long as he's disciplined at the plate, he's going to be great," Guillen said.
Uribe is 7-for-19 with three homers and eight RBIs over his last six games while hitting at the bottom of the order. He certainly is compensating for the slow starts of Jim Thome, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye.
"I worked hard every day with my swing," Uribe said. "What I do in batting practice is what I'm doing on the field."
Dye hit his second homer, a two-run shot in the fifth. Dye is 4-for-8 with two homers after a 2-for-20 start.
That was supposed to be enough support for Javier Vazquez (2-0), who weaved in and out of trouble through 51/3 innings.
"It was a battle, believe me," Vazquez said. "I didn't feel the way I wanted to feel out there. It was just a battle. My command wasn't the best."
In the second, Guillen allowed Vazquez to pitch to Grady Sizemore with first base open even though Vazquez already had issued a walk, hit a batter and thrown a wild pitch in the inning. Guillen was rewarded when Vazquez struck out Sizemore for the final out.
Three consecutive hits to start the fourth cut the Sox's lead to 4-2, and a walk to Sizemore loaded the bases with one out. That prompted pitching coach Don Cooper to visit the mound as reliever Nick Masset began to warm up. But Vazquez settled down and struck out Trot Nixon and Travis Hafner.
Despite a four-run lead, Vazquez fell into trouble in the fifth when he issued singles to Garko and Dellucci. But Vazquez retired the next three batters to qualify for the victory.
Uribe's three-run homer on a 1-1 pitch off Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona snapped a 1-1 tie in the fourth.
The Sox, however, failed to maximize their chances. They scored only once after starting the second with three straight hits. In the fifth, Joe Crede greeted reliever Fernando Cabrera with a single and moved to second on A.J. Pierzynski's walk but was left stranded.
Additional runs, however, probably wouldn't have prevented Guillen from pulling Vazquez sooner than the sixth, as his pitch count reached 112 after he walked Sizemore.
Left-hander Andrew Sisco, pitching for the first time since Sunday, gave up two hits to start the seventh and was replaced by David Aardsma.
Jhonny Peralta hit an RBI single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Aardsma retired the next three batters.
Aardsma has struck out 11 in eight innings.