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Indians Lose Heartbreaker in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Roberto Hernandez hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run in the Chicago White Sox's 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

The White Sox got their first win of the season on a day when starter Mark Buehrle was forced out in the second inning when he was hit in the left forearm by Ryan Garko's line drive. X-rays were negative.

Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede hit back-to-back singles off Hernandez (0-1) to open the ninth. Hernandez then made a low pickoff attempt at second for an error, with pinch-runner Rob Mackowiak and Crede moving up.

Tadahito Iguchi was walked intentionally to load the bases before Hernandez's pitch appeared to graze Pierzynski near the left elbow.

Bobby Jenks (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the victory.

Cleveland's Grady Sizemore hit a leadoff homer to become the first Indians player to homer in each of the first three games of the season.

The Indians tied it in the eighth against Matt Thornton on Sizemore's single and Jason Michaels' RBI double on a 3-2 pitch.

Scott Podsednik's two-out single in the seventh off Rafael Betancourt had given the White Sox a 3-2 lead.

Sizemore homered off Buehrle on the third pitch of the game. He hit leadoff homer on the second pitch in Monday's season opener to spur a 12-5 victory. And he put the Indians ahead with a two-run shot Wednesday in an 8-7 win.

He also made three nice catches in center field Thursday, hitting the fence each time and holding on to the ball.

Buehrle, who slumped in the second a year ago after making the All-Star team to finish 12-13 - his first losing record in seven seasons - left without throwing a warmup pitch. The ball ricocheted all the way to the third base line. Buehrle gave up three hits and a run in 1 1-3 innings.

Nick Masset relieved and allowed four hits over 4 2-3 innings.

Indians starter Jeremy Sowers allowed a leadoff single to Podsednik in the first and then held the White Sox hitless for the remainder of his outing, going six innings and allowing two runs with five walks.

Michaels, who made a tumbling catch to end Wednesday's game, hit a solo homer of Masset to put the Indians ahead 2-1 in the third.

After his leadoff homer in the first, Podsednik stole second, moved up on an infield out and scored on Paul Konerko's RBI grounder.

The White Sox tied it in the fourth without a hit. Iguchi hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly after Sowers had a temporary bout of wildness with two walks and a hit batsman. Notes: Another cold day greeted the teams with a 35-degree first-pitch temperature and wind blowing at 23 mph. ... Sowers was shut down for the final three weeks last season after pitching 185 2-3 innings combined in the majors and minors. His last start last season came on Sept. 12.

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