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Pittsburgh (23-41)2000200004101

White Sox extend last-place Pirates' losing streak to nine games

CBSSports.com wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- The White Sox are finding a way to focus the attention away from constantly feuding manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams. Namely, win some games.

Gordon Beckham drove in three runs and the White Sox spoiled former first-round draft pick Brad Lincoln's first start at home, beating Pittsburgh 6-4 Tuesday and extending the last-place Pirates' losing streak to nine games.

Ramon Castro doubled in a run while reaching base four consecutive times and the White Sox bullpen pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings following Freddy Garcia's uneven start. Chicago won its fifth in six games and sixth in eight games.

Williams is making his first road trip of the season, and Guillen said the two -- who often disagree over personnel matters and other issues, including the recent drafting of Guillen's son -- had a constructive talk during the flight to Pittsburgh.

"We've started playing really well this past week and getting hot and playing better baseball," Garcia said.

The Pirates, losers of 10 of 11 and 15 of 18, have plenty of problems while they're stuck in their longest losing streak since they also dropped nine straight from Aug. 28-Sept. 5. Maybe that's why they're calling up top prospect Pedro Alvarez, a third baseman and the No. 2 pick in the June 2008 draft, for Wednesday night's game.

"It will be a big boost for the ballclub," manager John Russell said.

Andrew McCutchen tried to provide one, matching his career high with three stolen bases and getting three hits and a walk. Ahead 5-4, Chicago was so preoccupied with McCutchen after he singled in the seventh, reliever Matt Thornton made 14 pickoff throws to first in a span of two batters to try to prevent him from stealing second -- which McCutchen eventually did, although he didn't score.

The Pirates tied it at 4 in the fifth after McCutchen singled in a run before stealing second and third on successive pitches and coming home on Ryan Doumit's two-out single.

Lincoln (0-1) followed up a 7-5 Pirates loss to Washington in his major league debut on Wednesday by again allowing five runs in six innings. The Pirates' top pick in 2006 twice created runs by walking the leadoff batter, and he walked three overall, hit two batters and allowed six hits.

"The leadoff walks hurt me and I've got to be able to shut teams down when we either take the lead or tie the game," Lincoln said. "I can't overdo anything or try to make a pitch better. Sometimes I left my curveball up because I was in too big of a rush to the plate. I've got to learn to slow down."

White Sox starter Freddy Garcia (7-3) was only slightly more effective - he gave up eight hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings -- but won his fourth in a run when Beckham singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

In the second, Castro's double preceded the light-hitting Beckham's RBI grounder that tied it at 2. Beckham, who came in batting .204, followed Castro's leadoff walk with a run-scoring double in fourth and scored on Juan Pierre's perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt to make it 4-2.

The suicide squeeze is rarely seen these days, which might be why the unconventional Guillen called for it.

"That's Ozzie for you," Pierre said. "You've always got to be heads up with him. When guys get on, he likes to get things going. You don't ever see that, so it was a good time to use it."

Bobby Jenks finished up in the ninth for his 12th save in 13 opportunities despite giving up McCutchen's third hit in as many at-bats. Thornton and J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless inning each, and Sergio Santos struck out Neil Walker in the sixth with runners on second and third.

"The bullpen's gotten fresh. It's gotten stronger," Guillen said. "When our pitching staff is doing well -- and I said that at the beginning of the season -- our bullpen will be very, very effective."

Alex Rios' run-scoring single gave Chicago an insurance run in the top of the ninth after reliever Octavio Dotel walked Juan Pierre, then threw wildly for a two-base error on a pickoff attempt.


  • Former White Sox reliever D.J. Carrasco struck out three during two scoreless relief innings.
  • Steelers coach Mike Tomlin attended, wearing a Pirates jersey.
  • The White Sox are 5-2 in interleague play, the Pirates are 0-4.
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Andrew McCutchen matches his career-best with three stolen bases in the loss. (US Presswire)
Andrew McCutchen matches his career-best with three stolen bases in the loss. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

G. Beckham
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF3101102 .245
Omar Vizquel, 3B5000013 .241
Alex Rios, CF4011010 .315
Paul Konerko, 1B4000011 .285
Mark Kotsay, RF3110110 .205
    Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Jenks, P0000000 .000
Alexei Ramirez, SS4221002 .261
Ramon Castro, C1110300 .296
Gordon Beckham, 2B4123001 .210
Freddy Garcia, P2000003 .000
    Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
    Andruw Jones, RF1000011 .209
2B - Alexei Ramirez (12, Lincoln), Ramon Castro (1, Lincoln), Gordon Beckham (8, Lincoln)
SH - Juan Pierre (7), Freddy Garcia (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre (8), Alex Rios (32), Alexei Ramirez (25), Gordon Beckham 3 (15)
CS - Alex Rios (6, 2nd base by Dotel/Doumit)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (W,7-3) 5.2844210 4.94
Sergio Santos (H,8) 0.1100110 1.66
Matt Thornton (H,6) 1000020 3.67
J.J. Putz (H,4) 1000010 2.38
Bobby Jenks (S,12) 1100020 4.74
WP - Sergio Santos (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 92-58, Sergio Santos 18-11, Matt Thornton 16-12, J.J. Putz 13-9, Bobby Jenks 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 9-7, Matt Thornton 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-1, Bobby Jenks 1-0
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 27, Sergio Santos 3, Matt Thornton 3, J.J. Putz 3, Bobby Jenks 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Tabata, LF4000111 .250
Neil Walker, 2B-3B5220022 .293
Andrew McCutchen, CF4231100 .314
Garrett Jones, 1B4012113 .274
Ryan Doumit, C4021012 .273
Ryan Church, RF4000005 .179
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000000 .232
   a- Delwyn Young, PH-2B1000000 .231
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000010 .235
Brad Lincoln, P2010010 .600
   b- Akinori Iwamura, PH1010000 .182
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   c- Lastings Milledge, PH1000000 .254
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for LaRoche in the 8th
b-doubled for Lincoln in the 6th
c-grounded out for Carrasco in the 8th
2B - Neil Walker (6, Garcia), Garrett Jones (15, Garcia), Akinori Iwamura (6, Garcia)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (20), Garrett Jones 2 (41), Ryan Doumit (24)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (10)
SB - Andrew McCutchen 3 (17, 2nd base off Garcia/Castro, 3rd base off Garcia/Castro, 2nd base off Thornton/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
E - Octavio Dotel (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Brad Lincoln (L,0-1) 6655320 7.50
D.J. Carrasco 2000130 3.57
Octavio Dotel 1111100 5.84
HBP - Rios (by Brad Lincoln), Konerko (by Brad Lincoln)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Lincoln 98-61, D.J. Carrasco 30-16, Octavio Dotel 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Lincoln 10-6, Octavio Dotel 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Lincoln 29, D.J. Carrasco 7, Octavio Dotel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12693
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Ted Barrett