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Podsednik, ChiSox prevail in 13, take series from Dodgers

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CHICAGO -- Scott Podsednik knows what it's like to thrive in the clutch in Chicago -- and he loves the feeling.

"That stuff never gets old," Podsednik said Thursday after his bases-loaded, two-out single in the 13th inning lifted the White Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. "Winning hits are always fun."

He is something of an authority on the subject around these parts.

Podsednik won Game 2 of the 2005 World Series with a ninth-inning home run for the eventual champion White Sox. This season, he has delivered the team's only two final-at-bat hits, the other coming June 11 against Detroit.

He simply is happy to be contributing again for the White Sox, who let him go following an injury-filled 2007 season and re-signed him two months ago after he was cut by Colorado. The speedy 33-year-old has started 41 consecutive games, batting .305 and filling in well for injured left fielder Carlos Quentin.

"Most importantly, we won a series against a club like the Dodgers, who came into town with the best record," Podsednik said. "Maybe that will give us some momentum at home. We haven't been playing that great here."

Even after beating Los Angeles in consecutive games -- their first winning streak of any kind at U.S. Cellular Field since May 22-23 -- the White Sox are only 18-19 at home.

They had lost nine of 12 here and were struggling mightily at the plate before scoring 16 runs in the victories over the Dodgers, who have a 47-26 record and hadn't lost a road series in nearly two months.

Thursday's outcome was most improbable given that the Dodgers staked ace Chad Billingsley to a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning as he attempted to become the NL's first 10-game winner. For his second start in a row, however, Billingsley couldn't hold a four-run lead and left with a six-inning no-decision.

"Four-to-nothing lead, he takes it to the bank," manager Joe Torre said. "And that's the second time this trip, so it's a surprise. I'm not concerned. It's just a surprise that it happened because we rely on him so much and he's been our main guy."

Paul Konerko's leadoff homer in the fifth was the first hit allowed by Billingsley, who served up a three-run shot to A.J. Pierzynski the next inning to put the White Sox ahead 5-4.

After the Dodgers tied it in the seventh thanks to shortstop Alexei Ramirez's error and Casey Blake's RBI grounder, both bullpens pitched superbly.

Working in his third inning, Jeff Weaver (4-2) opened the 13th by giving up singles to Konerko and Pierzynski. After intentionally walking Chris Getz, Weaver retired Josh Fields and DeWayne Wise on shallow flies.

"I was joking and having a good time in the dugout with some teammates," Podsednik said. "But I looked up and figured out that I could possibly hit that inning and ended up getting the at-bat."

Podsednik, who had snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a 12th-inning single, worked the count to 2-2 before hitting a liner that dropped just in front of diving center fielder Matt Kemp.

"I thought I had a chance to get out of it, but the best [pitch] I threw ended up being the dagger," Weaver said of the low sinker Podsednik hit. "It was off the end of the bat. If he hits it more solid, it's probably an out."

Aaron Poreda (1-0), a top White Sox prospect who was making his fourth appearance after being called up from Double-A Birmingham, worked a perfect 13th. Fellow relievers Scott Linebrink, Matt Thornton, Bobby Jenks and Octavio Dotel combined for five scoreless innings.

White Sox starter Clayton Richards lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and hitting three batters. Orlando Hudson and Mark Loretta had two RBI each for the Dodgers.

Notes

  • Konerko has homered in three consecutive games and has a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Billingsley has pitched at least six innings in 15 of his 16 starts.
  • Kemp went 0 for 6 with four strikeouts.
  • After the game, Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen was more upset about two "lousy and lazy" errors by Ramirez than he was happy about the victory.
  • The White Sox wore throwback uniforms to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1959 team, which won the AL pennant before losing to the Dodgers in the World Series.
 
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That a boy, Scotty! Paul Konerko hugs Scott Podsednik, who knocks in the game winner with two outs.  (AP)
That a boy, Scotty! Paul Konerko hugs Scott Podsednik, who knocks in the game winner with two outs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Los Angeles

O. Hudson
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF4110000 .326
Russell Martin, DH5110010 .248
Orlando Hudson, 2B6132001 .312
Casey Blake, 3B5111100 .298
Matt Kemp, CF6000045 .306
Mark Loretta, 1B6022021 .264
Mitch Jones, RF2000011 .300
   a- Andre Ethier, PH-RF1000210 .261
Brad Ausmus, C4000014 .277
   b- James Loney, PH1000002 .282
    A.J. Ellis, C1000000 .000
Juan Castro, SS3110011 .340
   c- Rafael Furcal, PH-SS2000011 .241
Totals46595312  
a-walked for Jones in the 8th
b-grounded out for Ausmus in the 10th
c-struck out for Castro in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark Loretta 2 (5, Richard, Carrasco)
SH - Juan Pierre (4)
RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (41), Casey Blake (47), Mark Loretta 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Loretta 2 (7)
SB - Juan Pierre (18, 3rd base off Richard/Pierzynski), Casey Blake 2 (2, 2nd base off Richard/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Jenks/Pierzynski)
PK - Juan Pierre (1, Carrasco)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Blake-Hudson-Loretta
PB - Brad Ausmus (1)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chad Billingsley 6455432 3.10
Ronald Belisario 1.1100010 2.08
Brent Leach 0.2000200 3.21
Ramon Troncoso 2000210 2.11
Jeff Weaver (L,4-2) 2.2511120 3.68
IBB - Konerko by Brent Leach, Getz by Jeff Weaver
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 106-67, Ronald Belisario 18-14, Brent Leach 16-5, Ramon Troncoso 27-13, Jeff Weaver 57-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 8-6, Ronald Belisario 2-1, Brent Leach 2-0, Ramon Troncoso 2-2, Jeff Weaver 2-4
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 25, Ronald Belisario 5, Brent Leach 4, Ramon Troncoso 7, Jeff Weaver 14
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF6021102 .305
Alexei Ramirez, SS6010002 .261
Jermaine Dye, RF3120100 .278
    Brian Anderson, PR-CF2000010 .242
Jim Thome, DH3100202 .240
    Jayson Nix, PR-DH1000002 .219
Paul Konerko, 1B5121113 .295
    Gordon Beckham, PR0100000 .172
A.J. Pierzynski, C6123012 .290
Chris Getz, 2B4000220 .241
Josh Fields, 3B4100123 .233
Dewayne Wise, CF-RF5011103 .190
Totals45610697  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye 2 (11, Billingsley, Belisario)
3B - Dewayne Wise (1, Billingsley)
HR - Paul Konerko (12, Billingsley), A.J. Pierzynski (8, Billingsley)
SH - Josh Fields (2)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (17), Paul Konerko (46), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (21), Dewayne Wise (2)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (7), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (13), Dewayne Wise (1)
CS - Scott Podsednik (4, 2nd base by Billingsley/Ausmus)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Getz-Konerko
E - Alexei Ramirez 2 (8, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
Clayton Richard 4.1644110 4.33
D.J. Carrasco 2.2310030 2.85
Scott Linebrink 1000120 2.33
Matt Thornton 1000000 2.57
Bobby Jenks 1000120 3.33
Octavio Dotel 2000020 3.03
Aaron Poreda (W,1-0) 1000020 0.00
IBB - Ethier by Bobby Jenks
HBP - Martin (by Clayton Richard), Pierre (by Clayton Richard), Jones (by Clayton Richard)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 85-49, D.J. Carrasco 39-27, Scott Linebrink 18-11, Matt Thornton 13-8, Bobby Jenks 18-11, Octavio Dotel 23-16, Aaron Poreda 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 4-6, D.J. Carrasco 2-3, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Matt Thornton 2-1, Bobby Jenks 2-0, Octavio Dotel 2-2
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 21, D.J. Carrasco 11, Scott Linebrink 4, Matt Thornton 3, Bobby Jenks 5, Octavio Dotel 6, Aaron Poreda 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20051
Game Time - 4:27
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano