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CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella lost his patience after Milton Bradley lost his cool.
At the center of controversy the previous day, Soto delivered the tie-breaking three-run homer to help the Cubs beat the White Sox 5-4 on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.
"As soon as I come through those doors, nothing matters but the game," said Soto, who has struggled this season. "In here, it doesn't matter. Everything goes out the window when I step in here."
On a day when things seemed to be taking a positive turn, there was more controversy instead.
Bradley attacked the Gatorade machine in the dugout after he flied out in the top of the sixth led to an angry exchange in the tunnel with Piniella, who told him to get dressed and go home. Ryan Freel replaced him in right field in the bottom half.
"This has been a common occurrence and I've looked the other way a lot and I'm tired," said Piniella, who was planning to start Bradley on Saturday. "I'm not into discipline, I'm really not. I'm going to put his name in the lineup tomorrow and that's it."
Bradley's not the only Cubs player to go wild in the dugout this season.
Ace Carlos Zambrano tossed his glove and pummeled the dispenser after being ejected from a game against Pittsburgh last month. Two days earlier, Ryan Dempster attacked the machine in a fit of frustration.
The chaos in the dugout and the tunnel overshadowed a dramatic and much-needed win for the Cubs.
Fresh off the revelation that he tested positive for marijuana at the World Baseball Classic, Soto hit a three-run homer off Jose Contreras (2-7) in the seventh to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead.
Wells (2-3) won his second straight start, allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings, and the Cubs hung on even though Carlos Marmol nearly blew it in the eighth. Jim Thome, who hit his 554th homer earlier in the game, drove a two-run double off first baseman Derrek Lee's glove after Jermaine Dye's pop fly to left fell in to load the bases.
Marmol then intentionally walked Paul Konerko to load the bases again. Sean Marshall then came in and pinch hitter A.J. Pierzynski then grounded into an inning-ending 3-2-3 double play on the first pitch.
Jermaine Dye gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first with his 17th homer. Jim Thome tied it at 2 in the fourth with a solo drive that broke an 0-for-13 slump after Fox -- who had three hits -- hit a two-run drive in the top half.
"I feel bad for making an error like that behind Jose because he was pitching so well," said Konerko, who went 118 games without an error. "I thought [Contreras] was having a really good day, he threw the ball really well today, battled and he had a cramp out there. You're sick in that respect but you're going to make errors. If I can make them all like that I'll be happy."
|Geovany Soto puts his positive WBC marijuana test behind him after his three-run blast. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||1||3||1||.228|
|Kosuke Fukudome, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.262|
|Milton Bradley, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.237|
|Ryan Freel, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.147|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.289|
|Micah Hoffpauir, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.259|
|Jake Fox, 3B||4||2||3||2||0||0||2||.395|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B-3B||4||1||0||0||0||1||1||.219|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.232|
|Andres Blanco, SS-2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.234|
|2B - Jake Fox (5, Contreras), Andres Blanco (4, Thornton)|
|HR - Jake Fox (2, Contreras), Geovany Soto (7, Contreras)|
|RBI - Jake Fox 2 (11), Geovany Soto 3 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jake Fox 2 (6)|
|SB - Kosuke Fukudome (6, 2nd base off Contreras/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Fox-Fontenot-Lee, Lee-Soto|
|Randy Wells (W,2-3)||7||5||2||2||2||6||2||2.57|
|Carlos Marmol (H,15)||0.1||2||2||2||3||0||0||3.93|
|Sean Marshall (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.28|
|Kevin Gregg (S,12)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||4.05|
|IBB - Thome by Randy Wells, Konerko by Carlos Marmol|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 97-66, Carlos Marmol 24-10, Sean Marshall 1-1, Kevin Gregg 22-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 7-6, Sean Marshall 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wells 26, Carlos Marmol 6, Sean Marshall 1, Kevin Gregg 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.307|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.258|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.282|
|Jim Thome, DH||2||1||2||3||2||0||0||.249|
|Jayson Nix, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.219|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.292|
|Ramon Castro, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Chris Getz, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.236|
|Brian Anderson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.237|
|b- Dewayne Wise, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.186|
|Gordon Beckham, 3B||2||1||1||0||1||1||0||.183|
|c- Josh Fields, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.233|
|a-grounded into a double play for Castro in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Anderson in the 9th|
|c-walked for Beckham in the 9th|
|2B - Jim Thome (8, Marmol)|
|HR - Jermaine Dye (17, R. Wells), Jim Thome (13, R. Wells)|
|RBI - Jermaine Dye (43), Jim Thome 3 (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (10)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik (11, 2nd base off R. Wells/Soto)|
|CS - Gordon Beckham (2, 2nd base by R. Wells/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Paul Konerko (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Contreras (L,2-7)||7.1||7||5||4||1||8||2||5.19|
|IBB - Lee by Jose Contreras, Soriano by Matt Thornton|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 103-65, Matt Thornton 33-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 7-8, Matt Thornton 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 31, Matt Thornton 7|
|Attendance - 39015|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|