Winning two games at Wrigley Field and having the chance to sweep the Cubs in front of their own ivy would make most White Sox fans happy for the rest of the season.
Not Ray Durham. The White Sox second baseman wants the Cubs beaten, humiliated and destroyed.
So much for this series not meaning anything. "I hope to sweep them here and at Comiskey. All six," Durham said. "A lot of fans said Friday was a cheap win. Today, we came out and earned another one."
Earn it they did. Frank Thomas and Mark Johnson homered, and Mike Sirotka held the Cubs scoreless for 7 2/3 innings yesterday as the South Siders strung together 18 hits on their way to an 8-2 victory.
The victory puts the White Sox at .500 for the first time since May 18 and, more importantly, gives them bragging rights for the first cross-town series. "The fans were cheering loudly," Thomas said. "There are more Sox fans out there than people realize. We've done 'em proud the last couple days."
Sirotka (5-6) allowed seven hits and struck out six. He also went 2 for 4 for his first major league hits.
PHILLIES 7, BLUE JAYS 2: Paul Byrd, making a strong case to go from waiver-wire pickup to all-star, had a career-high nine strikeouts for his ninth victory as Philadelphia won at home. Byrd (9-3) won for the seventh time in eight starts and passed teammate Curt Schilling for the club lead in victories. Scott Rolen, Bobby Abreu and Marlon Anderson homered for the Phillies, who have won five of six and trail NL East-leading Atlanta by 4 1/2 games.
INDIANS 4, REDS 3: In Cincinnati, Charles Nagy won his fifth consecutive start and Cleveland's bullpen narrowly escaped a couple of late Cincinnati threats to preserve the victory. Nagy (8-3) overcame homers by Greg Vaughn and Eddie Taubensee -- the only ones he has allowed during the five-game winning streak -- before the bullpen shut down the Reds.
METS 4, RED SOX 2: If every game went like this, all the turmoil at Shea Stadium would disappear. Benny Agbayani hit his ninth homer in 71 at-bats and Al Leiter made his second straight strong start to lead New York at home.
"The tides are turning right now," Leiter said. "They're turning in my favor in a positive way."
ATHLETICS 4, DODGERS 3: Kenny Rogers won his 16th straight decision at Oakland and Tony Phillips and Olmedo Saenz homered for the A's. Rogers (4-2) allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. It was his fourth straight win this season, including a 3-0 mark with a 3.60 ERA in five starts at home.
The game was preceded by an emotional tribute to Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who pitched for the A's and Yankees in a 15-year Hall of Fame career. Hunter is fighting Lou Gehrig's disease.
YANKEES 5, MARLINS 4: Bernie Williams homered and drove in three runs as New York put Roger Clemens (6-1) back in the win column with the victory in Miami. The Yankees won for the second straight night in front of a South Florida crowd whose loyalties sounded almost evenly split. The contest drew 42,110, topping Friday's attendance of 40,161 -- the Marlins' largest crowd of the season.
Yankees fans in the crowd littered the field with computer mouse pads given out as part of a promotion, holding up the game for five minutes, after Joe Torre was ejected in the eighth for arguing with umpire Brian Gibbons.
ASTROS 3, PADRES 2: Jose Lima tied for the major league lead with 11 victories, allowing two runs in eight innings to help lead host Houston.
Lima (11-2) struck out a season-high 10 and gave up six hits and three walks to tie Boston's Pedro Martinez. Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.
Tony Gwynn returned to the Padres lineup for the first time since being disabled May 22 with a strained right calf. He went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI before leaving the game as planned after three innings.
GIANTS 15, MARINERS 11: In Seattle, Marvin Benard and Jeff Kent each hit home runs as San Francisco had a season-high 22 hits in the longest nine-inning game in Kingdome history (3 hours 57 minutes). Kent tied a career high with five hits and had four RBI.
DEVIL RAYS 5, EXPOS 3: In Montreal, Jose Canseco hit his 23rd homer to help Mickey Callaway win his major league debut as Tampa Bay snapped a seven-game interleague losing streak. Canseco went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a single and a homer off Dustin Hermanson (3-6) leading off the seventh. He is tied with Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. for the major league home run lead.
PIRATES 9, ROYALS 8: Ed Sprague's RBI single in the ninth inning won it for host Pittsburgh. Matt Whisenant (2-2) walked Adrian Brown with one out before Al Martin singled to put runners on the corners. With the infield and outfield in, Sprague -- who also hit a two-run homer in the first -- singled to the wall in left-center to end the game.
ANGELS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Mo Vaughn homered in the eighth to tie the game, then Arizona reliever Byung Hyun Kim balked with the bases loaded to force in the deciding run for host Anaheim. Vaughn hit an opposite-field shot off Andy Benes (5-5) with one out for his first home run in 12 games.
ROCKIES 8, RANGERS 7: Todd Helton's three-run double keyed a four-run third as visiting Colorado stopped Texas's eight-game home winning streak. Helton drove in four runs and Vinny Castilla had two RBI to back starter Pedro Astacio (6-5).
CARDINALS 8, TIGERS 7: Edgar Renteria's two-out, bases-loaded single gave host St. Louis the victory in 14 innings. Scott Radinsky (2-1), the sixth St. Louis pitcher, picked up the victory.
TWINS 8, BREWERS 6: Benj Sampson (2-0) pitched 4 1/3 effective innings in relief of injured starter LaTroy Hawkins, and Minnesota used a six-run fourth to win in Milwaukee.
CAPTION: The Mets' Benny Agbayani is greeted by Rey Ordonez after his third-inning solo home run. The rookie outfielder now has nine homers in 71 at-bats.