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Uribe causes excitement as White Sox peacefully beat Cubs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- A.J. Pierzynski and Michael Barrett made their peace before the game with an outfield chat and a handshake.

Once the game started, there was no carry-over from a brawl six weeks ago in which the two catchers were the central combatants. Just another White Sox victory and another Cubs loss.

"Hopefully it's over with. As far as I'm concerned it's over. As far as Michael is concerned when we talked, it was over," Pierzynski said after the White Sox beat the Cubs 6-2 Friday behind a homer and five RBI from Juan Uribe.

Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after he'd been run over at the plate in a game May 20, setting off a bench-clearing melee. Barrett returned Friday after serving his 10-game suspension and went over to Pierzynski during pregame batting practice.

"What was said was between him and me," Pierzynski said. "I appreciated the gesture and we're over it and we're moving on."

Pierzynski, booed at Wrigley Field but also cheered simultaneously by White Sox fans among the crowd of 40,720, was hit near the elbow with a pitch by Sean Marshall in the fifth inning. He also had two singles.

"It was a curveball, so no," Pierzynski said when asked if he thought he was hit intentionally.

And he was in the middle of a key play when the White Sox cut down a run in the seventh after Juan Pierre tripled. Todd Walker hit a bouncer to first baseman Paul Konerko, whose throw to Pierzynski got the sliding Pierre in a close play. If Pierre scored, it would have cut the lead to one run.

"I thought I was in there," Pierre said. "It was a bang-bang play and it probably could have gone either way. The way our luck has been going, I got called out."

Pierzynski saw it differently, of course.

"I thought he was out. The replays showed I think he was out, too," Pierzynski said. "It was a good play at a good time and it kind of killed their momentum."

Uribe had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the first, a run-scoring double in the third and a two-run homer off reliever Roberto Novoa in the eighth.

"It is a good thing about this team that anybody at any time can make a good play or get the big hits, from 1-9 and the bench players," Uribe said through an interpreter. "Anybody in any situation can be a hero. The way the team is playing together, that's what happens."

The White Sox jumped on Marshall (4-7) for three first-inning runs but the Cubs got two back in the bottom half against Jon Garland (7-3), who went six innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and two runs.

Pablo Ozuna led off with a single but left the game after he hurt his hamstring running to third on a bloop base hit by Konerko. Jermaine Dye hit an RBI single off Ronny Cedeno's glove at short and Pierzynski also singled to load the bases. Uribe delivered a two-run single to make it 3-0.

Pierre singled, stole second, moved up on a fly ball, and after a walk to Derrek Lee scored on Aramis Ramirez's bloop single. Jacque Jones followed with another single and stole second, giving the Cubs second and third with one out. Garland got Phil Nevin on a hard grounder to third and retired Barrett on a bouncer to second.

Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Joe Crede and Uribe made it 4-2 in the third.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen looked a bit like a politician before the game as he made his way around the batting cage, shaking hands and embracing Cubs manager Dusty Baker and several of his players.

Finally he approached Barrett, chatted with him briefly, gave him a pat on the shoulder and shook his hand. Barrett played with the Montreal Expos when Guillen was a coach with the team.

"I know what type of kid he is. Like I said before, he overreacted. The league did what it was supposed to do and we have to move on," Guillen said. "It's way behind us."

Barrett went 1-for-4 in his first game back.

"It's definitely a lot of time to reflect," Barrett said before the game. "I guess I had a lot of time to try to put it behind me, which is one good thing."

After the game, he wouldn't divulge what he said to Pierzynski in the outfield.

"I spoke to A.J. and really don't want to elaborate any more than that," Barrett said. "It's just something that's between him and me right now."

Pierzynski spent part of his morning on a conference call with Major League Baseball in which he appealed his $2,000 fine. He said earlier he was fined for inciting the crowd by waving his hands as he went back to the dugout after he'd been punched by Barrett. He said after Friday's game he hadn't heard a decision on the appeal.

Notes

  • A moment of silence was held before the game for Northwestern football coach Randy Walker, who died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack.
  • The White Sox lead the series 28-24 and are 12-13 at Wrigley Field.
  • The White Sox have won 12 of 14 overall. The Cubs have lost 7 of 8.
  • The Cubs were 1-10 at home in June.
 
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Juan Uribe's eighth-inning homer is his ninth of the season. He finishes 3-for-4 with five RBI.  (AP)
Juan Uribe's eighth-inning homer is his ninth of the season. He finishes 3-for-4 with five RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

J. Uribe
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Chicago White Sox
Pablo Ozuna, LF1010000 .432
    Scott Podsednik, PR-LF4110020 .264
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000132 .292
Paul Konerko, 1B4110101 .315
Jermaine Dye, RF4111031 .309
A.J. Pierzynski, C3120000 .321
Joe Crede, 3B4110015 .296
Juan Uribe, SS4135000 .241
Brian Anderson, CF3000102 .174
Jon Garland, P3000022 .200
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    Brandon McCarthy, P1000000 .000
    Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
Totals35610631113 
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (16, Marshall), Juan Uribe (13, Marshall)
HR - Juan Uribe (9, Novoa)
RBI - Jermaine Dye (56), Juan Uribe 5 (37)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Uribe 3 (12)
SB - Paul Konerko (1, 2nd base off Marshall/Barrett)
CS - Scott Podsednik (11, 2nd base by Marshall/Barrett)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,7-3) 6722140 5.60
Neal Cotts (H,11) 0.2100000 2.90
Brandon McCarthy (H,9) 2100020 4.14
Matt Thornton 0.1000100 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 111-72, Neal Cotts 13-10, Brandon McCarthy 29-21, Matt Thornton 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 7-7, Neal Cotts 1-1, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 26, Neal Cotts 3, Brandon McCarthy 7, Matt Thornton 2
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4130100 .255
Todd Walker, 2B5000004 .292
Derrek Lee, 1B3110102 .288
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4021011 .253
Jacque Jones, RF4021011 .303
Phil Nevin, LF4000014 .225
Michael Barrett, C4010002 .307
Ronny Cedeno, SS3000002 .271
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .250
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   a- Angel Pagan, PH1000001 .250
Sean Marshall, P2000020 .111
    Neifi Perez, SS2000011 .238
Totals362922618 
a-flied out for Eyre in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (13, Garland)
3B - Juan Pierre (5, Cotts)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (43), Jacque Jones (41)
SB - Juan Pierre (25, 2nd base off Garland/Pierzynski), Jacque Jones (3, 2nd base off Garland/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Walker-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,4-7) 6844360 5.19
Roberto Novoa 2222031 5.06
Scott Eyre 1000020 2.11
IBB - Anderson by Sean Marshall
HBP - Pierzynski (by Sean Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 101-58, Roberto Novoa 34-24, Scott Eyre 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 5-5, Roberto Novoa 1-2
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 28, Roberto Novoa 8, Scott Eyre 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40720
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Andy Fletcher