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CHICAGO -- Freddy Garcia leaned back in his black leather chair afterward, looking calm and relaxed -- just the way he was on the mound.
Frank Thomas, A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede homered, helping the White Sox extend their winning streak to eight games before 39,610 fans, their third sellout and their largest home crowd of the season.
The 10-run win was the largest for either team in the series. The previous biggest win was the White Sox's 12-3 victory on June 20, 2003.
Garcia (7-3), making his 200th start, struck out eight and walked one. He retired 12 of the first 13 batters, and threw a season-low 93 pitches.
"Games like this, I get a little more excited," Garcia said. "Today, I felt pretty good and pitched my game. Everybody was happy."
Thomas hit a solo homer in the first to tie Luke Appling's White Sox record for runs in a career with 1,319. Pierzynski tied his career high in the fifth with his 11th homer, and Crede hit a three-run shot in the seventh. Scott Podsednik had a single, three walks, two runs and two stolen bases.
Sergio Mitre (2-3) allowed a season-high seven runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, which tied his shortest outing of the year. Derrek Lee's 11-game hitting streak ended after he went 0-for-3.
Cubs manager Dusty Baker is considering a shakeup in his pitching staff after watching his team lose its third straight game. It has allowed 29 runs in that span.
"We've been pondering it every day," Baker said. "It's a matter of trying to hold on until we get back to having our big guys (Mark Prior and Kerry Wood)."
Baker said Prior will start Sunday. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 28 with a fracture in his right elbow.
"I didn't miss that much time," Prior said, when asked if his pitch count would be limited. "I started throwing 10 days after my injury. I wouldn't come back unless I was ready."
Garcia certainly was ready Friday.
"First inning, first pitch," Pierzynski said, when asked how quickly he could tell how effective Garcia would be. "You saw it today. ... He threw hard, worked the ball down. That's what we've been trying to get him to do all year."
Garcia retired the first seven batters before Todd Hollandsworth homered to make it 1-all. The Cubs' Jason Dubois hit a solo shot off Neal Cotts in the eighth inning, long after the Sox had blown open the game.
The White Sox immediately answered Hollandsworth's homer with two runs in the third.
Pablo Ozuna and Podsednik led off with singles, and Tadahito Iguchi gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right. After walking Thomas and Paul Konerko to load the bases, Mitre struck out Aaron Rowand but threw a wild pitch, allowing Podsednik to score from third to make it 3-1.
With two outs in the fifth and two runs in, Jermaine Dye chased Mitre with a single to center. Reliever Todd Wellemeyer immediately threw a wild pitch, allowing Rowand to score from third, and gave up a two-run homer to Pierzynski to make it 8-1. It's Pierzynski's third straight season with 11 homers.
"He threw a higher changeup, and I hit it in a good spot," Pierzynski said.
|Freddy Garcia improves to 7-3, allowing three hits and striking out eight over seven innings. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Corey Patterson, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.245|
|Neifi Perez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.284|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.390|
|Enrique Wilson, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.136|
|Jeromy Burnitz, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.281|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Jose Macias, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Todd Walker, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.295|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Michael Barrett, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.276|
|Todd Hollandsworth, LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Jason Dubois, DH||3||1||1||1||0||2||2||.244|
|2B - Enrique Wilson (2, Vizcaino)|
|HR - Todd Hollandsworth (3, Garcia), Jason Dubois (7, Cotts)|
|RBI - Todd Hollandsworth (22), Jason Dubois (22)|
|SB - Corey Patterson (11, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Sergio Mitre (L,2-3)||4.2||7||7||7||4||2||1||5.19|
|WP - Sergio Mitre (3), Todd Wellemeyer (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 93-57, Todd Wellemeyer 56-35, Joe Borowski 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 7-4, Todd Wellemeyer 3-2, Joe Borowski 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 24, Todd Wellemeyer 15, Joe Borowski 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||1||2||1||0||3||0||0||.292|
|a- Timo Perez, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.292|
|Frank Thomas, DH||2||1||1||2||1||0||1||.275|
|b- Willie Harris, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.234|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.254|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||2||3||1||0||2||3||.284|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||5||2||2||0||0||1||3||.269|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||2||2||3||0||0||1||.261|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||1||1||3||0||0||1||.246|
|Pablo Ozuna, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.306|
|a-grounded out for Podsednik in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Thomas in the 7th|
|2B - A.J. Pierzynski (8, Wellemeyer)|
|HR - Frank Thomas (7, Mitre), A.J. Pierzynski (11, Wellemeyer), Joe Crede (10, Wellemeyer)|
|SF - Tadahito Iguchi (4), Frank Thomas (2)|
|RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (32), Frank Thomas 2 (12), Aaron Rowand (32), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (31), Joe Crede 3 (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Frank Thomas (4), Aaron Rowand (13), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (20)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik 2 (38, 2nd base off Mitre/Barrett, 3rd base off Mitre/Barrett), Aaron Rowand (9, 2nd base off Mitre/Barrett)|
|PK - Scott Podsednik (3, Mitre)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Ozuna-Iguchi-Konerko|
|PB - A.J. Pierzynski (5)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Freddy Garcia (W,7-3)||7||3||1||1||1||8||1||3.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 93-63, Neal Cotts 13-9, Luis Vizcaino 13-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 6-7, Neal Cotts 1-1, Luis Vizcaino 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 25, Neal Cotts 4, Luis Vizcaino 4|
|Attendance - 39610|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 95|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Third Base - Larry Poncino|