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Indians Squeak by Sox, 8-7

CHICAGO (AP) - Biting winds, subfreezing temperatures and snow flurries. The conditions and the White Sox didn't stop the Cleveland Indians.

Grady Sizemore hit a two-run, two-out homer in the seventh inning, and Jason Michaels made a game-ending catch with two on while falling down at the warning track as the Indians won 8-7 on a day more fit for football.

Sizemore, who led off Monday's opener with a homer as the Indians routed the White Sox 12-5, connected off Matt Thornton (0-1) to overcome a 7-6 deficit. The homer followed Andy Marte's walk against Mike MacDougal.

Aaron Fultz (1-0) went two-thirds of an inning for the win, and Rafael Betancourt struck out Joe Crede with two on in the seventh.

Joe Borowski walked two around a strikeout of Jim Thome, then struck out Jermaine Dye. Joe Crede followed with a fly to left that Michaels grabbed while falling backward, giving Borowski a shaky save.

The temperature at game time was announced at 31 degrees with a 15 mph wind and a wind chill of 19. During batting practice, players wore extra layers and ski caps as snow flurries fell, and they warmed themselves with dugout heaters. Once the game started, two of the umpires worked with their ears covered. The fans bundled up, too, giving the ballpark the look of a Bears game.

There were thousands of empty seats, and the crowd appeared to be much small than the announced attendance of 26,337.

Victor Martinez had a double, three singles and two walks for the Indians, and Marte hit a two-run homer off Chicago starter Jon Garland in a four-run second.

Thome and Tadahito Iguchi homered for Chicago, and Crede gave the White Sox a 7-5 lead with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fifth.

Garland, an 18-game winner in each of the last two seasons, allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs before David Aardsma struck out three straight.

Martinez's double off Andrew Sisco got the Indians to within 7-6 in the sixth, an inning that ended when MacDougal struck out David Dellucci with the bases loaded.

Crede's two-out, bases-loaded single off Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook in the fifth broke a 5-5 tie. Westbrook gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.

Thome hit a three-run homer - the 473rd homer of his career - in the first. Iguchi tied it 5-5 with a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth, a fly that went over the glove of Sizemore at the center-field fence. Notes: Travis Hafner walked four times - twice intentionally. ... The wind blew so hard early Wednesday morning that it shook a small decorative fiberglass panel in the upper deck loose, and it had to be welded hours before the first pitch. ... Westbrook was 3-0 in three starts against the White Sox last season.

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