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Maddux's arm, Ramirez's bat help Cubs end ChiSox's streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Pitch by pitch, Greg Maddux delivered the message: At 39, he's still effective.

He hit all corners, overcame one rough inning and helped the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 6-2 Saturday to end their crosstown rival's eight-game winning streak.

"When he gets a feel for his pitches, he's awesome," teammate Todd Walker said.

Aramis Ramirez supported Maddux with the fifth grand slam of his career, and left fielder Todd Hollandsworth prevented a home run.

Maddux (7-4) scattered five hits in six innings, struck out six and did not walk a batter. With his 312th win, he moved past Tom Seaver into sole possession of 17th place on the career list.

The Cubs improved to 37-36, and Mark Prior and Kerry Wood are about to come off the disabled list. Prior is scheduled to start Sunday, and Wood is expected to pitch Wednesday against Milwaukee.

"We've got a lot of time left," Maddux said. "We're over .500. We need to get 20 games over to have a legitimate shot at the postseason. ... The Astros came from a lot further back last year."

Jose Contreras (3-4) allowed six runs, eight hits, two wild pitches and a career-high three hit batters in 6 1/3 innings.

Ramirez, who was 2-for-3, gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead in the first with his slam. Derrek Lee, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Walker added two hits apiece.

Hollandsworth robbed Joe Crede of a two-run homer in the second after Carl Everett and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back shots. Scott Podsednik had two doubles for the White Sox.

After Corey Patterson led off the game with a bunt single, Contreras hit Neifi Perez and, with one out, threw a wild pitch before a walk to Jeromy Burnitz loaded the bases. Ramirez turned on a hanging slider.

"One bad pitch basically was the difference in the game," White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.

Ramirez's slam was his first since July 22 last year against Cincinnati. His 17th homer of the season also extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

"It felt pretty good," said Ramirez, who turned 27 on Saturday.

Everett led off the second with his 11th homer. Dye followed with his 15th homer, cutting the Cubs' lead to 4-2. It was the fifth time this season the White Sox hit consecutive homers.

After Perez booted Pierzynski's slow roller to shortstop, Hollandsworth preserved the lead by robbing Crede.

"It was a good one to rob," Burnitz said. "It was perfect for him -- a couple feet over the fence and a nice high one that he had a chance to jump up for."

Maddux found his rhythm and stifled the White Sox. He struck out Pablo Ozuna and got Podsednik to end the inning.

"It stopped the bleeding," Maddux said of Hollandsworth's catch. "It was a big play, and Aramis was a big play, too, coming out hacking. He found himself a pitch and hit it hard."

Maddux is 5-1 in his last six starts.

"Maddux threw a tremendous game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We couldn't do much on the bases because we didn't have that many people on the bases."

Maddux hit all corners of the strike zone, which he has done throughout his career.

"Today, we had every reason in the world to feel down about ourselves and Greg picked us up," Walker said.

Notes

  • The Cubs optioned RHP Todd Wellemeyer to Triple-A Iowa and recalled RHP Roberto Novoa before Saturday's game. This will be the third stint this season with the Cubs for Novoa, who is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in eight relief appearances. Wellemeyer, who allowed five runs 2 1/3 innings of relief Friday, was 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in two stints with the Cubs.
  • Maddux needs two wins to tie Gaylord Perry for 16th place.
  • Ozuna started his fifth straight game at shortstop for the White Sox, with Juan Uribe nursing a sore back.
  • The back-to-back homers by Everett and Dye were the first for the White Sox since June 8, when Crede and Frank Thomas hit consecutive shots against Colorado.
 
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Aramis Ramirez, right, gets love from hitting coach Gene Clines and manager Dusty Baker.  (AP)
Aramis Ramirez, right, gets love from hitting coach Gene Clines and manager Dusty Baker. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Chicago

G. Maddux
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 6
 

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Jeromy Burnitz, RF2100311 .279
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Todd Walker, DH5021014 .300
Todd Hollandsworth, LF4000032 .257
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3120010 .267
Henry Blanco, C4010002 .156
Totals3561064817 
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (26, Contreras), Jerry Hairston Jr. (12, Contreras)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (17, Contreras)
RBI - Corey Patterson (23), Aramis Ramirez 4 (49), Todd Walker (12)
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Team LOB - 9
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E - Jeromy Burnitz (4, Dropped foul fly), Neifi Perez (8, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
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Roberto Novoa 2000020 3.60
Ryan Dempster 1000000 4.47
WP - Greg Maddux (5)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 9-4, Roberto Novoa 3-1, Ryan Dempster 2-1
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 24, Roberto Novoa 6, Ryan Dempster 3
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4020011 .295
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000012 .287
Aaron Rowand, CF4000011 .280
Paul Konerko, 1B4010011 .254
Carl Everett, DH4111001 .269
Jermaine Dye, RF4111000 .268
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000020 .257
Joe Crede, 3B3000001 .242
Pablo Ozuna, SS3000021 .292
Totals33252088 
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik 2 (12, Maddux, Maddux), Paul Konerko (10, Maddux)
HR - Carl Everett (11, Maddux), Jermaine Dye (15, Maddux)
RBI - Carl Everett (46), Jermaine Dye (35)
SB - Aaron Rowand (10, 2nd base off Maddux/Blanco)
Team LOB - 4
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Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
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Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,3-4) 6.1866231 4.15
Neal Cotts 0.2100120 2.12
Cliff Politte 1000010 1.27
Damaso Marte 1100120 2.88
IBB - Ramirez by Neal Cotts
HBP - Perez (by Jose Contreras), Ramirez (by Jose Contreras), Hairston (by Jose Contreras)
WP - Jose Contreras 2 (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 105-61, Neal Cotts 22-12, Cliff Politte 18-12, Damaso Marte 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 6-8
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 30, Neal Cotts 4, Cliff Politte 3, Damaso Marte 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39241
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - James Hoye