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CHICAGO -- Juan Pierre has been booed and benched.
He has dropped fly balls and struggled at the plate, but maybe now, his misery is ending.
The veteran outfielder delivered his second go-ahead hit in two games, Alexei Ramirez knocked a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the crosstown Cubs 6-4 Friday in the opener of their weekend series.
"I know Juan is a good player," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Not because he won the last two games for us."
Ramirez connected in the seventh and Pierre added a two-run triple in the inning, turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead and sending the White Sox to their third straight win.
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The Cubs came up short again in their quest to win three straight after pulling out dramatic victories the previous two days against San Francisco. They remain the only team in the majors without a three-game winning streak. Just when it appeared they might get one, it slipped away.
"I thought today was the day," said the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez, who hit his 300th homer.
A.J. Pierzynski led off the seventh with a single, and Alexei Ramirez tied it with his eighth homer. The White Sox weren't finished.
Alex Rios singled and Adam Dunn, batting for Jackson, walked with one out. Pierre, who has struggled this season, made it 6-4 when he drove in both runners with a triple to the right-field corner, chasing Wells.
That gave Pierre five RBI in two games. He also had the tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th inning in the White Sox's win over Colorado on Thursday and is 10 for 23 over his last five games, raising his average from .248 to .262. Whether that will quiet calls for the White Sox to part ways with Pierre and call up Dayan Viciedo is another issue, but the recent surge has probably only strengthened the resolve of his manager to keep him.
"I wish I had 25 Juan Pierres," said Guillen, who has repeatedly defended him.
Pierre appreciates that, but added, "I hate that he has to answer questions about me."
The big rally gave Jackson his first win in five weeks. The right-hander wasn't exactly dominant, allowing four runs and five hits in six innings, but he'll take it after going 0-1 in his previous five starts.
Wells, winless since April 4, allowed six runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Ramirez added to it with one out in the sixth when he drove his 11th homer and second in two days out to left, but things quickly unraveled for Wells and the Cubs.
"I'm not going to hang my head too low," Wells said. "I threw the ball well."
|Alexei Ramirez watches his two-run homer sail as the White Sox win against crosstown rival Cubs. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||1||1||2||1||1||2||.262|
|Brent Morel, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.251|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.253|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.318|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.299|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.281|
|Alex Rios, CF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.223|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.237|
|Edwin Jackson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Adam Dunn, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.171|
|Brian Bruney, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesse Crain, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brent Lillibridge, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.257|
|Sergio Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Jackson in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Crain in the 9th|
|2B - Gordon Beckham (9, R. Wells)|
|3B - Juan Pierre (3, R. Wells)|
|HR - Alexei Ramirez (8, R. Wells)|
|SF - Paul Konerko (7)|
|SH - Gordon Beckham (5)|
|RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (22), Paul Konerko (62), A.J. Pierzynski (28), Alexei Ramirez 2 (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (10)|
|SB - Alex Rios (6, 3rd base off Marshall/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Edwin Jackson (W,5-6)||6||5||4||4||1||5||1||4.24|
|Brian Bruney (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.27|
|Jesse Crain (H,12)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.63|
|Sergio Santos (S,18)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 95-64, Brian Bruney 23-16, Jesse Crain 18-12, Sergio Santos 8-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 7-6, Sergio Santos 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 24, Brian Bruney 4, Jesse Crain 4, Sergio Santos 3|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.294|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.310|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||1||2||2||0||1||1||.295|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.219|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||1||.265|
|Reed Johnson, CF||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.336|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.219|
|Randy Wells, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.270|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Baker, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.310|
|a-struck out for Samardzija in the 7th|
|2B - Darwin Barney (8, Jackson), Reed Johnson (12, Jackson)|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (11, Jackson)|
|SF - Aramis Ramirez (3)|
|RBI - Darwin Barney (27), Aramis Ramirez 2 (42), Geovany Soto (22)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Castro-Barney-Pena|
|Randy Wells (L,1-3)||6.1||8||6||6||2||4||1||6.59|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 87-59, Jeff Samardzija 7-4, Kerry Wood 9-7, Sean Marshall 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 6-8, Kerry Wood 1-1, Sean Marshall 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wells 28, Jeff Samardzija 2, Kerry Wood 3, Sean Marshall 4|
|Attendance - 41486|
|Game Time - 2:43|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Paul Emmel|