The Chicago White Sox have gone on a tear of 15 victories in 17 games to pull within 3 1/2 games of first place in the American League West - a gain of nine games in 17 days. Incredibly, the Sox Tuesday night wiped out a 9-0 deficit after 2 1/2 innings to beat the Cleveland Indians, 10-9, in Chicago.

"This team has never given up," said Chisox Manager Bob Lemon after his troops shocked the Indians by parlaying six hits and three Cleveland errors for 10 runs in the third and fourth innings. "When we were losing, everybody was pressing. Now we're loose again and playing better. I'd say we feel the same way we did last year - that we're in it and we're going to stay in it."

Wayne Nordhagen had three singles and drove in three of the Chicago runs while Jorge Orta and Lamar Johnson drove in two runs apiece. Rich Hinton, the third of four Chicago pitchers, notched his first American League win since 1975

"We always knew we could win," said White sox center fielder Chet Lemon. "It just took us some time. We didn't know it would change this drastically this soon. There was no way to think we could get back as quick as we have. Usually, you go on a little winning streak, then fall back. But everybody is really putting out.