White Sox win World Series opener, 5-to-3
CHICAGO (AP) _ The Chicago White Sox used power, strong starting pitching and a great bullpen effort to win the World Series opener, 5-to-3 over the Houston Astros. Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede homered for the White Sox. Crede's blast broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning.
Crede also saved two runs with a pair of diving stops at third base. Jose Contreras got the win after allowing three runs in seven-plus innings and tied a Series record by hitting three batters.
Relievers Neal Cotts and Bobby Jenks got out of a two-on, none-out eighth-inning jam. Cotts then struck out Morgan Ensberg and Mike Lamb before Jenks came on to strike out Jeff Bagwell. Cotts worked the ninth to get the save.
Houston's 43-year-old Roger Clemens was hoping to become the oldest pitcher to win a World Series game. But the Rocket hobbled off after just two innings, done in by the hamstring injury that has hampered him since early September.
Scott Podsednik added an R-B-I triple in the ninth for insurance. Game Two is Sunday night also at U-S Cellular Field. It's a battle of southpaws with Mark Buehrle going for the White Sox against Andy Pettitte of the Astros.