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Streak Busters

June 29th at Pittsburgh

How was the trophy defended today?
It wasn't.

Short Take: Walkoff home run beats Sox, ends Pirates losing streak at 13.

The White Sox got off to a quick start, but fizzled in the middle innings before eventually losing to the Pirates this afternoon by a 7-6 score.

Jose Contreras got the start against Zach Duke, and was staked to an early 2-0 lead thanks to 4 consecutive singles to start the game. Scott Podsednik and Alex Cintron got the line moving, with Podsednik coming home on a single by Paul Konerko to put the Sox on the board. Jermaine Dye followed suit with the 4th single of the inning, scoring Cintron. Unfortunately, Contreras didn't have his best stuff today, as he would give up 6 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.

The Pirates scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game. In the second inning, Contreras drew a two-out walk from Duke and would later score on a two-run double by Cintron to put the Sox back up 4-2. This lead was short lived, as the Pirates touched Contreras for a run in each of the second and third innings to tie the game at 4 after just three innings. Freddy Sanchez, who was 4-5 on the day, led off the 5th with a single for Pittsburgh and later scored to put the Pirates up 5-4. After a brief rain delay, David Riske relieved Contreras with two on and one out in the 6th. Riske allowed an RBI double to Sanchez, and the Pirates had a two-run cushion.

The White Sox, who stranded 11 runners on the afternoon, were unable to get any more runs across the plate until the 8th inning. In that inning, Jim Thome came in to pinch hit for Neal Cotts with one on and one out. Thome hit a mammoth home run off of former Sox reliever Roberto Hernandez to tie the game at 6, and the Sox still had a chance to pull off the sweep. After pitching a scoreless 8th inning, Cliff Politte gave up a leadoff home run to Sanchez in the bottom of the 9th to give the Pirates a walkoff 7-6 win.

The White Sox (51-27) come back to Chicago to play part two of the Crosstown series against the Cubs (29-49) at Wrigley Field. Jon Garland (6-3, 5.76) takes the mound for the Sox against Sean Marshall (4-6, 5.13). Gametime is 1:20 pm CDT and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

Ozzieball Update:
Sox had 14 hits and plenty of chances to score, but left 11 runners on base in defeat.

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