Brian McCann homered twice and Atlanta beat the Cubs 8-3 Thursday.McCann hit a three-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the seventh for his eighth career multi-homer game.Michael Bourn had a career high-tying four hits, scored two runs, and drove in a run.It was his first four-hit game since being acquired from the Astros on July 31.Marlon Byrd homered and Tyler Colvin added a triple and a run for the Cubs, who committed four errors.Beachy (7-2) won his fourth straight decision, recovering from a shaky start to pitch six innings. He allowed six hits, two earned runs and struck out eight.Matt Garza (6-10) allowed six runs — three earned — and eight hits over five innings. He struck out six.The Braves took three of four from the Cubs and have won 16 of their last 21 games. Atlanta won its NL-high 38th road game.Garza was coming off one of his best starts of the season in a 3-0 win over St. Louis last Saturday.Garza dropped a flip from first baseman Carlos Pena, putting Martin Prado on after Bourn led off the game with a single. McCann followed with a homer that put Atlanta up 3-0 before making an out.The Cubs cut into the lead on Darwin Barney’s groundout in the bottom half and tied it in the second on Byrd’s homer and Soto’s dribbler after Colvin tripled.The Braves scored twice in the third on a bases-loaded walk by Uggla and Freddie Freeman’s RBI single and added on in the fifth on Jason Heyward’s sacrifice fly and McCann’s a solo shot.Bourn added a run in the eighth with his fourth single of the game, giving him his sixth career four-hit game. Bourn’s 160 hits are second in the NL to Castro’s 167. The Cubs have committed 108 errors this season, most in the majors. Four of Atlanta’s runs were unearned.
NOTES—Alfonso Soriano was given a day off on Thursday after he was hit in the right forearm by a pitch during Wednesday’s game. Manager Mike Quade said Soriano was available for pinch-hitting duty and is expected to return to the lineup on Friday….Braves RHP Tommy Hanson left the team and returned to Atlanta to have his ailing shoulder re-evaluated by team doctors. Hanson has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 because of right rotator cuff tendinitis….Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves are “closely monitoring” Hurricane Irene and the effect it might have on this weekend’s series in New York against the Mets….The Braves open a three-game series at New York on Friday, pitting RHP Tim Hudson against Mets lefty Chris Capuano. Hudson has won eight of his last nine decisions….The Cubs will make the short trip north to face the first-place Brewers at Miller Park this weekend, with Rodrigo Lopez squaring off against LHP Randy Wolf in Friday’s opener….Aramis Ramirez doubled in the eighth, his 700th career extra-base hit, and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
ANAHEIM—Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his first start since signing an $85 million contract extension, and Erick Aybar drove in three runs in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s sixth straight victory, 8-0 over the White Sox on Wednesday night.Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, and Jeff Mathis had a two-run double during a three-run second inning in a dominant finale to their nine-game homestand. Los Angeles’ second straight series sweep and Texas’ 13-2 loss to Boston trimmed the Angels’ deficit in the AL West to just 2½ games before they head into a weekend series at Rangers Ballpark on Friday.Zach Stewart (1-3) allowed seven hits and seven runs while pitching into the seventh inning for the Sox, who missed a chance to move into second place in the AL Central for the second straight day.
In a lost season for Randy Wells, he may finally be starting to find himself.Wells pitched effectively into the seventh, Alfonso Soriano homered and the Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night.Wells (5-4) held the Braves to one run and two hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and improving to 4-1 in his career against Atlanta.The Cubs snapped the Braves’ six-game winning streak and Atlanta remained 6 ½ games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.Soriano’s two-run shot fueled a three-run rally in the second. He also walked and was hit by a pitch. Aramis Ramirez added a single and two walks, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.Carlos Marmol got the last three outs and joined Lee Smith as the only Cubs relievers to post consecutive 30-save seasons.Wells has struggled this season, going 3-4 with a 6.16 ERA since coming off a seven-week stay on the disabled list on May 28. On Wednesday, he flashed the form that gave him the NL’s 10th-best ERA as a rookie in 2009.He got off to a fast start, setting down the first 10 Braves and striking out four. The only hit he allowed through the first six innings was Martin Prado’s infield single in the fourth.Wells appeared to tire in the seventh, giving up Freddie Freeman’s flyout to the wall and Chipper Jones’ home run into the batter’s eye in center field. Wells threw 109 pitches and departed after Jones’ blast.Wells hasn’t used his early-season forearm strain as an excuse for his struggles, but admitted it didn’t help his cause.Jones and Alex Gonzalez hit a solo homers for Atlanta, which managed just three hits in the game. Jones moved into a tie with Jeff Bagwell for 34th on the career list with 449.Derek Lowe (8-12) took the loss, allowing four hits and two earned runs over seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. Lowe threw a season-high 119 pitches.Soriano gave the Cubs their first lead of the series in the second with his 22nd homer, a mammoth two-run shot to center field well over the 400-foot sign.The Cubs added a run later in the inning thanks to the speed of Tony Campana, who reached on an error when Dan Uggla tried to hurry on a slow roller to second. Campana stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on Wells’ swinging bunt.Ramirez didn’t figure in the scoring, but remained hot. He walked twice and reached on an infield single, extending his streak of reaching base to a career-high nine plate appearances before grounding out in the seventh.Ramirez is hitting .560 (28 for 50) during his 13-game hitting streak and has reached base in 30 of his last 45 plate appearances.Gonzalez homered off reliever Kerry Wood in the eighth. In the ninth, Marmol hit Uggla with a pitch to start the inning but recovered to earn the save and snap Atlanta’s winning streak.
NOTES—Braves OF Jose Constanza was out of the lineup for the second straight day because of a mild sprain of his right ankle, though manager Fredi Gonzalez said Constanza was available to pinch-hit. He expect his to return to the lineup on Thursday. … Cubs manager Mike Quade was encouraged by news from RHP Andrew Cashner’s brief rehab start for Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday. Casher allowed two runs and three hits in 2/3 of an inning, but Quade said his velocity topped out in the high 90s and he reported no problems with the strained right rotator cuff that’s had him out since April 5. Cashner is scheduled to make two more appearances for Tennessee before moving up to Triple-A Iowa in advance of a September return with the Cubs. … The Braves will send rookie Brandon Beachy (6-2) to the mound for Thursday afternoon’s series finale against Matt Garza (6-9), who has posted a 1.47 ERA over his last nine home starts.
ANAHEIM—Peter Bourjos drove a single through a drawn-in infield with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.Howie Kendrick homered and tripled as the suddenly surging Angels matched their longest win streak of the season with another late rally, trimming their AL West deficit to 3½ games behind Texas.Paul Konerko drove in the tying run with an eighth-inning single that was his 2,000th hit as the White Sox lost for the sixth time in 17 games.They now trail first place Detroit by six full games.After Erick Aybar’s one-out single off Jason Frasor (3-3), pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo moved him to third with a single. Maicer Izturis walked to load the bases, and Bourjos singled to left.
That major-league rookie record barely registered in Craig Kimbrel’s mind. All he cared about were those final three outs.Kimbrel tied the rookie mark with his 40th save, Jason Heyward hit his first career grand slam, and the Atlanta Braves hung on to win their sixth straight, beating the Cubs 5-4 on Tuesday night.Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 40th save in 45 opportunities, tying a mark set by Texas’ Neftali Feliz last season. He ran his scoreless streak to 31 2/3 innings as Atlanta won for the eighth time in nine games, and that’s what mattered to him.Sometimes, it’s tense, too. This one certainly was, right to the end.Aramis Ramirez singled with two outs in the ninth for the Cubs, giving him a career-high five hits while extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He advanced to second when Heyward bobbled the ball in right, but a pinch-hitting Tyler Colvin struck out to end the game.Kimbrel certainly is doing his part as the Braves try to secure a playoff spot. Manager Fredi Gonzalez used words like “unbelievable” to describe him and pointed out that he’s becoming a more complete pitcher, mixing in breaking balls to go with the fastball and staying cool in tight situations.Chipper Jones had three hits for Atlanta. So did Heyward, none bigger than his shot in the fourth. He connected after Alex Gonzalez drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk off Casey Coleman (2-6), making it 5-0, but Mike Minor (4-2) nearly gave it all away in the fifth.Alfonso Soriano led off a four-run rally with his 21st homer.Ramirez drove a two-run double with two outs and came around when Gonzalez bounced the throw to first after fielding Jeff Baker’s grounder to short, making it 5-4. Carlos Pena hit an inning-ending fly ball to the wall in center, barely preserving the lead.Things got really tense in the seventh when the Cubs loaded the bases, but they came away empty-handed. Arodys Vizcaino came in and retired Marlon Byrd on an inning-ending grounder to second on the first pitch.The Cubs were just 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base after stranding a season-high 15 runners while losing to the Braves on Monday. Minor won his third straight start and beat the Cubs for the second time in that span, giving up four runs and six hits over five innings.Coleman went five innings, allowing five runs and five hits in his second start for the banished Carlos Zambrano.He ran into trouble with two outs in the fourth, and his 3-2 pitch to Gonzalez with the bases loaded just missed low and away, driving in the first run. Heyward made it a five-run game when he knocked a 1-2 pitch to the basket in left-center for his 13th homer and Atlanta’s third grand slam this season.All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro was back in the lineup after sitting out a game because he wasn’t paying attention in the field. He appeared to be engaged this time, making a diving stop in the eighth on Gonzalez’s grounder to start a double play, and also had a single.
NOTES—Coming off one of his better starts, Derek Lowe is back on the mound as the Braves continue the series with the Cubs. The veteran right-hander threw five-plus scoreless innings in a win against Arizona. Randy Wells starts for the Cubs.
EAST RUTHERFORD—The New York Giants were nearly perfect in all phases of the game against the Bears, and it wasn’t nearly enough to make up for the season-ending knee injury to starting cornerback Terrell Thomas, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee with 22 seconds left in the first half Monday night, and the injury to New York’s leading tackler last season overshadowed an impressive 41-13 preseason win.The rest of the game was outstanding The offense woke up, the defense was solid and special teams played a key role in helping the Giants (1-1) bounce back from a so-so performance against Carolina with a very good effort against the Bears (1-1). Eli Manning completed 8 of 16 passes for 78 yards. Special teams played a major role.Brandon Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run after a 73-yard kickoff return by Devin Thomas, and Domenik Hixon caught a 5-yard touchdown pass after rookie linebacker Greg Jones blocked a punt late in the first half.David Carr, who is battling Sage Rosenfels for the backup job behind Manning, threw for two touchdowns, with the second covering 17 yards to Daniel Coats in the fourth quarter.D.J. Ware scored on a 1-yard run early in the third quarter to give New York a 27-6 lead and rookie halfback Da’Rel Scott had a 97-yard run in the closing minutes after cancer survivor Mark Herzlich intercepted a pass near the goal line.Robbie Gould had field goals of 23 and 42 yards for the Bears, who struggled again on offense despite having Jay Cutler (12 of 21 for 171 yards) play the entire first half.The Bears got theor only touchdown in the final minute on a 1-yard run by Kahlil Bell, but the Bears offensive line showed improvement, allowing only one sack after giving up nine in a win over Buffalo last week. In the final year of his contract, Thomas was hurt on the very next play from scrimmage after Hixon caught his touchdown pass. It was Hixon’s first catch at the New Meadowlands Stadium since he tore an ACL in a practice in June 2010.Down 20-6 with 35 seconds to play, Cutler went back to pass from his own 23 and rolled a little to his left. Thomas came on a blitz and Jason Pierre-Paul rushed from his end spot. Cutler got the pass off and Thomas and Pierre-Paul collided, with the second-year end hitting Thomas around the knee from an awkward angle.Thomas went down and he started hobbling when he got back up. He quickly went down the artificial surface and was treated by trainers and medical personnel for a couple of minutes. When he got up, he walked gingerly to the locker room. The suddenness of the diagnosis stunned his coach and teammates.Thomas is the fourth Giants cornerback to get hurt this year. Backup Bruce Johnson tore an Achilles’ tendon early in camp. First-round draft pick Prince Amukamara broke his foot and won’t be available until about mid-October. Free agent Brian Witherspoon sprained his left knee against the Bears and will have an MRI on Tuesday.Ware’s touchdown came a play after a challenge by Coughlin resulted in a fumble call being reversed. Rhys Lloyd added field goals of 25 and 37 yards, subbing for the injured Lawrence Tynes.The teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter before Thomas’ big return set up Jacobs’ go-ahead touchdown on a play Manning (8 of 16 for 78) changed at the line of scrimmage. Jacobs finished with 48 yards on six carries.After failing to get a first down on either of their first two series, the Giants took a 3-0 lead by holding the ball for almost 7½ minutes before settling for Lloyd’s 25-yard field goal. The key play on the 11-play drive was a 21-yard fourth-down from Manning to Victor Cruz that gave New York a first down at the Bears 11.The Bears tied the game on the next series with a quick six-play drive that started with Cutler passes of 37 yards to Devin Hester and 42 to Matt Forte. Gould kicked a 23-yard field goal after the drive stalled at the 5-yard line.Cutler was knocked out of last year’s regular-season game against the Giants with a concussion on a night when the offensive line allowed 10 sacks, including nine in the first half.
Jair Jurrjens pitched in and out of trouble for 6 1/3 innings, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 3-0 on Monday night for their fifth consecutive victory.Jurrjens (13-5) allowed eight hits and walked five. The Cubs stranded 11 runners in the first six innings and 15 overall. Uggla blast gave him 30 home runs for the fifth consecutive season. No other second baseman in major league history has reached 30 home runs more than three times overall. Uggla leads the majors with 15 bombs in the second half. The Braves won for the seventh time in eight games. They increased their lead in the NL wild-card race to 8½ games on idle San Francisco. The Cubs played without Starlin Castro, who was benched for a “mental day off” by manager Mike Quade after television cameras captured the 21-year-old shortstop not paying attention as a pitch was thrown during Sunday night’s loss to St. Louis. Castro, who leads the NL with 164 hits, was the only position player not to make an appearance for the Cubs, who used four pinch-hitters. With Castro out of the lineup, Darwin Barney moved over from second base and made a couple of sparkling plays at shortstop, including a diving stop on Uggla’s hard-hit ball in the third that saved a run. Jonny Venters walked the first two batters in the ninth, but got the last three outs for his fifth save. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after throwing three of the last four days, including 25 pitches on Sunday.Ryan Dempster (10-9) struck out eight over six innings but fell to 2-10 in his career against the Braves.Jurrjens made his second start since coming off the disabled list because of a strained right knee. He allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings against San Francisco his first time out.Jurrjens wasn’t much more effective on Monday, but managed to escape from a couple of jams. He got Carlos Pena to hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the first and retired Alfonso Soriano on a fly with the bases loaded to end the fifth.Freeman opened the scoring with a solo homer in the second. Uggla led off the sixth by hitting a drive onto Waveland Avenue, giving the Braves an NL-best 47 home runs since the All-Star break. Uggla, who recently had a 33-game hitting streak snapped, has now hit safely in 42 of his last 48 games, during which he’s raised his batting average from .175 to .232. Jose Constanza singled, stole a base and scored in the third. He also singled in the sixth but had to leave the game with a slight right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Jason Heyward.Aramis Ramirez singled his first three times up for the Cubs, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He’s hitting .512 (22 for 43) during that stretch.That wasn’t enough on a night when the Cubs went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 15 runners on base.
NOTES—Gonzalez considers Costanza day-to-day. “Give him a couple days and hopefully get him back in there, because he makes stuff happen,” he said. … Braves RHP Tommy Hanson threw nine pitches during a short bullpen session on Monday and is slated to throw again on Tuesday as the latest step in his recovery from right rotator cuff tendinitis. Atlanta is hoping Hanson can make a rehab start on Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett. … Braves RHP Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless inning for Gwinnett on Monday. He’s on the 60-day DL after having back surgery. Monday marked the first anniversary of Quade’s ascension as Cubs manager. On Aug. 22, 2010, former skipper Lou Piniella announced his retirement and Quade was given the job on an interim basis. He had the interim tag removed after leading the Cubs to a 24-13 finish. … Atlanta will send LHP Mike Minor to the mound on Tuesday to face Casey Coleman, who is 0-3 with a 12.27 ERA in five appearances this season at Wrigley Field.
Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers and the White Sox romped past the Texas Rangers 10-0 Sunday.After Juan Pierre reached on an infield single in the third, Lillibridge followed with his shot to left field. It was Lillibridge’s 11th home run, matching slumping slugger Adam Dunn’s output in 197 fewer at-bats. Dunn has been sitting against left-handers in favor of Lillibridge.The Sox took two of three from the AL-West leading Rangers and finished a nine-game homestand at 5-4. The White Sox had their first winning homestand since June 3-12.Floyd (11-10) coasted with a big lead. He allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked one. He left after giving up a leadoff hit in the eighth.The Rangers have dropped three of four after winning the first six games on their 10-game road trip.Derek Holland (11-5) lost for the first time in five decisions since the All-Star break. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.After Holland issued back-to-back walks with two outs in the third, Alejandro De Aza split the gap in the left-center for a two-run double that put the White Sox ahead 4-0. Rge Sox added on in the fourth. Gordon Beckham broke an 0-for-14 slump with a single and Lillibridge chased Holland with a single. Paul Konerko, who has been the designated hitter because of a sore calf, greeted reliever Scott Feldman with an RBI single, leaving him one hit shy of 2,000 for his career.Pierre added a two-run single with the bases loaded off Feldman in the fifth for a 7-0 lead.Rios homered in the eighth.White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin was out of the lineup after he injured his left shoulder making a diving catch during Saturday night’s win. X-rays came back negative and an MRI result showed a sprain. He was listed as day to day, and hoped to be back in two or three days.Josh Hamilton was given the day off by Washington, despite being 6 for 10 lifetime against Floyd. Hamilton is hitting .173 in day games this year and .339 at night. Floyd pitched around an error by Lillibridge in the second inning. Floyd had Mike Napoli picked off, but Lillibridge missed Floyd’s throw at first. The ball bounced off the camera well fence and Napoli went into third. Floyd stranded Napoli at third by striking out Mitch Moreland and Yorvit Torrealba. Along with giving up a two-run home run to Rios in the eighth, Feldman gave up an RBI single to De Aza.Washington stayed with Feldman for the rest of game, despite giving up five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of relief.
NOTES—After an off-day Monday, the White Sox begin a five-game road trip against the Angels on Tuesday. LHP Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start for the White Sox. Buehrle is 3-1 with a 2.29 ERA in his last five starts….The Rangers begin a four-game series against the Red Sox on Monday. LHP C.J. Wilson, Monday’s scheduled starter, is 5-1 with a 3.99 ERA in 12 starts at home this season….Texas 3B Adrian Beltre (left hamstring) will see Dr. Keith Meister on Monday. Texas hopes he will be cleared to resume running the bases.
Albert Pujols hit his 31st home run and Yadier Molina homered twice as the St. Louis cardinals beat the Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.Pujols had four hits and took the National League lead in homers. Matt Holliday added three. John Jay homered, doubled and scored twice for St. Louis.Jake Westbrook (10-7) held the Cubs to seven hits and two runs in seven innings, beating them for the first time in three starts this season as the Cardinals salvaged the last game of a three-game series.Jason Motte and Fernando Salas finished off the Cubs with two perfect innings.Rodrigo Lopez (4-4) took the loss, allowing four homers and five runs in 5 1/3 innings.Aramis Ramirez had two hits and drove in both Cub runs.The win halted the Cardinals’ recent backslide and they finished their road trip 2-4. St. Louis remained 8½ games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.St. Louis broke on top in the second when Jay and Molina homered into the wind on consecutive pitches to almost the exact same spot in left field.Jay and Molina teamed up again in the sixth. Jay drew a one-out walk and Molina homered to opposite field. It was Molina’s second career multi-homer game and his first since Aug. 16, 2007 at Milwaukee.Molina has already surpassed his previous high with 11 homers on the season and his slugging percentage of .457 is nearly 80 points above his lifetime mark.Pujols’ solo shot in the fifth was his 53rd career homer against the Cubs, the most he’s hit against any team. Pujols also singled three times for his fourth four-hit game of the season.While he didn’t get in on the longball act, Holliday did single his last three times up, snapping an 0 for 13 skid.The four homers matched a season high for St. Louis, which also hit a quartet on April 15.Ramirez stayed hot with a double and run-scoring single. He’s hitting .487 (19 for 39) with four homers and 12 RBI in his last nine games.Ramirez added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 3-2, but it wasn’t enough on a night when Lopez couldn’t keep the ball in the park.
NOTES—RHP Dillon Maples, the Cubs’ 14th-round pick in the most recent draft, made his first appearance at Wrigley Field since signing with the club last Tuesday. The Cubs signed Maples away from the University of North Carolina, where he was to play both baseball and football, for a $2.5 million signing bonus, the most ever given to a player taken after the third round….Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal was held out of the lineup for the second straight day after jamming his right thumb during batting practice on Saturday…..Ryan Theriot was left out of Sunday’s starting lineup because of hamstring tightness. Both players are listed as day-to-day….Andrew Cashner will take the next step in his rehab process when he takes the mound for Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday. Cashner has been out with a strained right rotator cuff since his start for the Cubs on April 5, his only game action this season…..The Cubs will start Ryan Dempster in the opener a four-game home series against Atlanta on Monday. Jair Jurrjens will pitch for the Braves. Dempster is just 2-11 in his career against the Braves….St. Louis returns home Monday for the first of three games against the Dodgers. The Cards will send Chris Carpenter to the mound against LA’s Nathan Eovaldi. Carpenter has won all six of his career decisions against the Dodgers.
Tired and beat up, the Texas Rangers looked the part for the first three innings.Then a hit. Then another. And Mitch Moreland hit a tying, three-run homer. Just like that, the Rangers were on their way to a 7-4 win over the White Sox on Friday night.Josh Hamilton hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth, and Moreland added a two-run shot to tie a career high with five RBI for the Rangers, who rallied for their 10th win in 12 games despite another shaky performance from starter Matt Harrison.Oh, and the Rangers didn’t get to their hotel until 6:30 in the morning.Reliever Yoshinori Tateyama (2-0) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save in 31 chances.Moreland sat out the Thursday finale against the Angels with a tight right hamstring, but showed no ill effects while trotting around the bases on Friday.The White Sox have lost three of four and are five games behind AL Central-leading Detroit.Jake Peavy (5-6) allowed seven runs and six hits in six innings. He is 0-4 in his last six outings at home.After making a great catch in the outfield in the fifth inning to rob Carlos Quentin, Hamilton led off the sixth with a towering home run to right. It was Hamilton’s 16th of the season. Two outs later, Mike Napoli singled off Peavy and Moreland connected on a 2-0 pitch for his second homer of the game and 16th of the season to give the Rangers a 7-4 lead. It was Moreland’s third career multihomer game.Peavy couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, Michael Young hit a two-out single for the Rangers’ first hit of the game. Nelson Cruz doubled off the wall in left to score Young from first. Peavy walked Napoli and Moreland followed with a three-run shot, giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead. Moreland was back in the lineup after missing Thursday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring. Peavy didn’t allow a home run in his previous seven starts.The White Sox came back in the fifth inning by taking advantage of shortstop Elvis Andrus’ fielding error. With a runner on first, Juan Pierre placed a bunt right in front of catcher Yorvit Torrealba who threw a strike to Andrus covering second. But the ball went off his glove into center field, allowing Gordon Beckham to go to third. Brent Lillibridge followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4. After a walk to Paul Konerko, Harrison was pulled for Tateyama, who was helped by Hamilton. With runners on first and second, Hamilton made a running catch into the center-field wall to rob Quentin. Tateyama ended the inning by getting Alexei Ramirez to pop out.Tateyama inherited two runners in the fifth after Harrison was removed. Carlos Quentin greeted him with a deep drive to center field, but Josh Hamilton retreated and made a running grab as he crashed into the wall.Harrison lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and four hits with three walks.The White Sox tagged Harrison for two runs and three hits in the first inning. Pierre led off with a bunt for a single and stole second. After a walk to Konerko, Quentin doubled down the left-field line to score Pierre. Ramirez followed with a single to give the White Sox an early 2-0 lead.The trouble continued for Harrison in the second. Brent Morel tripled off the wall in center and scored on Pierre’s safety squeeze bunt.But then the sleepy Rangers woke up.
NOTES—Harrison gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 7-6 victory over Oakland…..John Danks, who is scheduled to start Saturday, is 5-1 with a 2.29 ERA (14 ER/55.0 IP) over his last nine starts, compared to 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA (41 ER/70.1 IP) in his first 11 starts….Alexi Ogando will try to become the first Rangers starter to win 13 games this season and just the ninth Texas right-hander to reach that mark over the last 10 seasons in his start Saturday against the White Sox…..Before Friday, the last time Peavy gave up a home run was June 30 in Colorado…..Ramirez was ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after he argued a called third strike in the eighth.