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10/05/08 8:53 PM ET

White Sox Short Hops: Game 3

Home continues to cure club's ails in win without homer

CHICAGO -- Fielding the White Sox 5-3 victory over the Rays in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
The White Sox did what they do best: win at U.S. Cellular Field, where they went 54-28 this season.

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Frozen moment
At 5 p.m. CT, Dewayne Wise belted the first pitch he saw from Matt Garza in the fourth inning down the left-field line, scoring two runs and sending the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field into a frenzy.

Big number
0 -- The White sox got it done without the long ball, something they've needed for success all year long. The South Siders went 9-31 in games in which they did not homer this season.

Game balls

Dewayne Wise

Wise made stellar plays on the bases and with the bat Sunday. He walked in the fourth and managed to avoid getting doubled off on Juan Uribe's lineout. Then he stole second and scored on A.J. Pierzynski's single. He doubled in two runs the next inning with his second hit of the postseason.

John Danks

Danks was noticeably nervous on the mound during the first two innings. He had trouble locating and allowed five baserunners and a run. Fortunately for the White Sox, he settled in and gave the Sox time to harness a lead. The left-hander gave up a two-run homer to B.J. Upton in the seventh and a single to Carlos Pena before exiting to a standing ovation.

Ken Griffey Jr.

Griffey won't make too many highlight reels with his 2-for-2 performance, but he kept rallies going for the White Sox when they needed it most. He smacked two singles and walked in the sixth before Brian Anderson came on to pinch-run.

Sense of October
Danks walked leadoff man Evan Longoria to start the sixth inning and then went 2-0 to Carl Crawford in the next at-bat. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen went out to the mound to calm him down, and whatever he said worked. The left-hander struck out Crawford looking, then struck out Willy Aybar swinging before getting Dioner Navarro to fly out to shallow right field.

Lines of the Game

2 AB, H, 2 RBI, R, BB
Comment: Wise is now 2-for-5 with five RBIs in the series.

IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, K
Comment: Thornton was the critical eighth-inning bridge to Bobby Jenks. After two games in which the White Sox let a lead get away, Thornton held on tight.
"At least we play tomorrow. We've played with our backs against the wall before and come out of it." -- Guillen, on facing two more must-win games

Next step
The White Sox will turn to Gavin Floyd in Game 4, hoping he can repeat his performance last Monday against Detroit. In a must-win game, Floyd allowed one earned run on five hits over six innings.

David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.