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No sweat: Contreras wins 17th straight decision with ease

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Jose Contreras knows he is going to lose one of these days. He's still going to enjoy his streak as long as it goes.

Contreras easily won his 17th straight decision and Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-0 Tuesday.

Contreras (9-0) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and left to a loud ovation from White Sox fans. He allowed six hits and struck out three without allowing a walk. His last regular-season loss was Aug. 15 against the Twins. During his streak, Contreras has a 2.86 ERA in 23 starts.

"You are going to lose one day, that's just part of (the game). But when I go out to the mound I always think in my head and my heart that I'm going to win," Contreras said through an interpreter. "Wouldn't it be great if I never lost? That would make for some story. The loss is going to come, hopefully later than sooner."

Contreras is tied with Johan Santana for the second-longest streak in baseball over the last 20 years.

Contreras was 5-0 in his first six starts with a 1.41 ERA, but has struggled since returning from the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his right hip. Since May 21, Contreras has received a decision in only three of his eight starts and has a 5.37 ERA in those games.

But after an intense bullpen session on Saturday, Contreras was able to eliminate a three-quarter arm angle release that White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper believed led to the pitcher's recent troubles.

"He just dropped down more, instead of being three-quarters he went full sidearm," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "When he's done that he's been successful and that's what made him successful last year when he started doing it."

The Orioles couldn't manage to get much going against Contreras.

"He's got a bunch of different arm angles and his ball was moving. He's probably one of the most dominating pitchers going," Kevin Millar said.

The White Sox have won 20 of their last 27 games.

Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Uribe went 3-for-5, falling a triple short of the cycle. Uribe is 11-for-28 in his last eight games with three home runs and 17 RBI.

"When he gets hot he gets real hot," Konerko said. "If you get production from the bottom of the lineup like we're getting it could be tough on other teams."

The White Sox, who only had two hits in Monday's 8-1 loss to Baltimore, roughed up Orioles starter Rodrigo Lopez.

Uribe failed to get a bunt down with two runners on in the second inning and instead hit an 0-2 pitch from Lopez into the stands in left for a three-run homer. It was Uribe's 11th of the season and put the White Sox up 4-0.

The White Sox added seven more runs in the third inning. Brian Anderson hit a two-run double and Konerko also hit his 21st homer of the season.

Lopez (5-10) gave up nine runs and 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who have lost 24 of their last 35 on the road.

"I guess I wasn't making the pitches. I left the ball up a little bit," Lopez said.

Uribe drove in his fifth run of the game with an RBI single in the seventh to make it 13-0.

Notes

  • White Sox 2B Tadahito Iguchi missed Tuesday's game after colliding with OF Jermaine Dye on Monday night. Iguchi is day to day with a sore ankle.
  • White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Pablo Ozuna was available on Tuesday. Ozuna, the speedy utility player, missed the last three games with a sore left hamstring.
  • Orioles C Javy Lopez was back in the starting lineup after missing four starts with a sore back and neck. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Uribe has seven homers over the last 18 games.
  • Miguel Tejada, who has made 78 starts at shortstop this season, asked Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo to make him the designated hitter on Tuesday. He was 0-for-4. He has played in 1,003 consecutive games, most among active players.
  • Contreras went 3-1 during the playoffs last season, helping the White Sox win their first World Series title since 1917.
 
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Jose Contreras extends his streak to 17 by pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three.  (AP)
Jose Contreras extends his streak to 17 by pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out three. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Uribe
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Chicago

J. Contreras
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3010001 .316
    Ed Rogers, PR-2B1000000 .182
Brandon Fahey, SS3010120 .259
Melvin Mora, 3B3010001 .291
    Howie Clark, 3B1000011 .143
Miguel Tejada, DH4000014 .312
Jeff Conine, LF2000001 .254
   a- Luis Matos, PH-LF2000002 .212
Corey Patterson, CF4000000 .283
Javy Lopez, C3010100 .274
Kevin Millar, 1B4020012 .242
Nick Markakis, RF3000013 .272
Totals330602615 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Conine in the 6th
Batting
2B - Javy Lopez (14, Contreras)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Fahey-B. Roberts-Millar
E - Brandon Fahey (2, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
Rodrigo Lopez (L,5-10) 2.21099101 6.92
Bruce Chen 3.1633371 6.72
Sendy Rleal 2211110 4.38
IBB - Thome by Rodrigo Lopez
HBP - Crede (by Rodrigo Lopez)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 69-40, Bruce Chen 79-50, Sendy Rleal 27-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 7-1, Sendy Rleal 2-3
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 20, Bruce Chen 19, Sendy Rleal 9
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF6130003 .266
Alex Cintron, 2B6111014 .280
Jim Thome, DH5111121 .287
Paul Konerko, 1B3223101 .315
   a- Ross Gload, PH-1B1110000 .304
Jermaine Dye, RF5120022 .317
A.J. Pierzynski, C5120012 .327
Joe Crede, 3B1210000 .302
    Rob Mackowiak, 3B1011200 .293
Juan Uribe, SS5235024 .242
Brian Anderson, CF4112102 .174
Totals421318135819 
a-doubled for Konerko in the 7th
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (18, Lopez), Paul Konerko (16, Lopez), Ross Gload (3, Rleal), Jermaine Dye (13, Lopez), Juan Uribe (14, Lopez), Brian Anderson (8, Lopez)
HR - Paul Konerko (21, Chen), Juan Uribe (11, Lopez)
RBI - Alex Cintron (17), Jim Thome (69), Paul Konerko 3 (66), Rob Mackowiak (13), Juan Uribe 5 (46), Brian Anderson 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cintron (4), Paul Konerko 3 (19), Rob Mackowiak (6), Juan Uribe (16)
SB - Scott Podsednik (26, 2nd base off Lopez/Lopez), Brian Anderson (3, 2nd base off Lopez/Lopez)
Team LOB - 11
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (W,9-0) 6.2600030 3.31
Neal Cotts 1.1000130 2.76
David Riske 1000100 2.45
WP - Neal Cotts (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 99-68, Neal Cotts 22-13, David Riske 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 8-9, Neal Cotts 1-0, David Riske 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 26, Neal Cotts 5, David Riske 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37300
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Ed Hickox