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DENVER -- The Chicago White Sox have plenty of faith in Jose Contreras.
"Jose has always had a good arm and always believed in his pitches," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "And as long as he throws strikes with them, he'll give us a chance to win games."
Contreras gave Chicago six innings of pinpoint control, and Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski each had an RBI single to lead the White Sox past the Colorado Rockies 2-1 Tuesday night.
Contreras allowed five hits and earned his third win in 12 starts, helping Chicago improve its major league-leading record to 39-19. The White Sox have won five of six and are 20 games over .500 for the first time since they ended the 2000 season 95-67, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"This year has been a very good year. I have had more and more control in the game every time I pitch," Contreras said through a translator.
Neal Cotts struck out four in two hitless innings, and Dustin Hermanson worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.
Contreras (3-2) struck out six, walked two and lowered his ERA to 3.13. He credited a minor adjustment with his forkball for helping him deal with Coors Field.
"Right before the game started my forkball wasn't dropping and I was worried about that," Contreras said. "Once I got in the game I got more relaxed and my forkball and my slider both were there for strikes."
Making his third emergency start of the year, Byung-Hyun Kim (0-5) allowed only three hits, all in the fourth inning, and two runs. Kim retired Chicago in order in four of the six innings he worked, but remained winless in his last 20 appearances since Oct. 2.
"I'd rather start than come from the bullpen," Kim said. "I don't feel comfortable having to wait to be part of the game."
After Kim fanned Aaron Rowand to start the fourth, the White Sox scored two runs on three straight hits. Paul Konerko doubled to center, and Dye blooped an RBI single and stole second. He scored when Pierzynski slapped a single to center.
Garrett Atkins nearly tied the game in the Colorado fourth when his fly ball with two outs hit the top of the wall in right-center and bounced back into play. Acting manager Jamie Quirk came out briefly to dispute the call with second base umpire Ed Montague.
"I had to go out and ask them to talk about it among the umpires," Quirk said. "They got the call right. It wasn't a home run."
Atkins settled for a double that drove in Preston Wilson, who opened the inning with a single.
The Rockies challenged Contreras only once more, in the fifth when Desi Relaford reached second base on an infield single and Konerko's throwing error. But Contreras retired his next three batters, two on strikeouts.
"We couldn't get anything done against him," Luis Gonzalez said.
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.284|
|Willie Harris, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.255|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||2||1||.236|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.251|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.264|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||0||0||1||3||4||.246|
|Joe Crede, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.225|
|Jose Contreras, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a- Frank Thomas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.231|
|Neal Cotts, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dustin Hermanson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Contreras in the 7th|
|2B - Paul Konerko (6, Kim)|
|RBI - Jermaine Dye (25), A.J. Pierzynski (22)|
|SB - Jermaine Dye (4, 2nd base off Kim/Ardoin)|
|CS - Juan Uribe (3, 2nd base by Anderson/Ardoin)|
|PK - Aaron Rowand (1, Witasick)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Paul Konerko (2, wild throw)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Contreras (W,3-2)||6||5||1||1||2||6||0||3.13|
|Neal Cotts (H,5)||2||0||0||0||0||4||0||2.53|
|Dustin Hermanson (S,14)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.04|
|IBB - Ardoin by Jose Contreras|
|WP - Jose Contreras 2 (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 103-64, Neal Cotts 25-18, Dustin Hermanson 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 4-8, Neal Cotts 2-0, Dustin Hermanson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 25, Neal Cotts 6, Dustin Hermanson 3|
|Desi Relaford, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.321|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.258|
|Preston Wilson, CF||4||1||1||0||0||3||3||.262|
|Bradley Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.283|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.294|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.272|
|Danny Ardoin, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.500|
|Byung-Hyun Kim, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Matt Anderson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Dustan Mohr, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|Bobby Seay, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jay Witasick, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Fuentes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Anderson in the 7th|
|2B - Garrett Atkins (7, Contreras)|
|RBI - Garrett Atkins (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins (6)|
|SB - Danny Ardoin (1, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Desi Relaford (5, wild throw)|
|Byung-Hyun Kim (L,0-5)||6||3||2||2||1||7||0||6.38|
|HBP - Crede (by Byung-Hyun Kim)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 80-52, Matt Anderson 14-7, Bobby Seay 7-5, Jay Witasick 10-4, Brian Fuentes 13-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 6-6, Bobby Seay 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 24, Matt Anderson 3, Bobby Seay 2, Jay Witasick 2, Brian Fuentes 3|
|Attendance - 21576|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Jerry Layne|