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Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to lift Chicago over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
After a 41-minute rain delay following the top of the ninth, White Sox righty Nate Jones escaped a no-out, second-and-third jam in the bottom half. Ramon Troncoso (1-2) then left the winning run on third in the 10th.
"The last few innings, guys were hanging by the skin of their teeth," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It wasn't pretty, but it worked out."
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-out triple off J.C. Ramirez (0-1) in the 11th and Ramirez followed with a liner to right-center for his fourth hit. Ramirez then scored when shortstop Jimmy Rollins booted Alex Rios' grounder for an error.
"Ramirez has been swinging the ball well, being aggressive," Ventura said.
The Phillies fell to 3-10 when they have a chance to move to .500. They won consecutive series over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, and took three of four from defending NL East champion Washington.
But the inability to hit a sacrifice fly cost Philadelphia against the White Sox, who entered with the third-worst record in the majors.
"We had some golden chances," manager Charlie Manuel said. "All we had to do was hit the ball and couldn't do it. The game was sitting there for us."
"We just needed to hit a ball somewhere, make a fielder move," Manuel said. "Just needed to make contact."
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone allowed three runs and six hits, striking out six in six innings. The Phillies fell to 10-6 in Pettibone's starts.
White Sox starter John Danks gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
"I think I'm on the right track now," Danks said. "I'll be disappointed if it doesn't go right."
Darin Ruf fouled off three straight pitches before driving a changeup out to straightaway center to tie it at 3 in the seventh. Ruf has two homers in 20 at-bats since being called up to replace injured slugger Ryan Howard. Ruf hit 41 homers last season, including 38 at Double-A and three for the Phillies.
Ruf then made an over-the-shoulder, sliding catch on a foul ball near the stands in the eighth.
Conor Gillaspie's sacrifice fly put the White Sox up 3-2 in the sixth. De Aza's two-run double in the fifth tied it.
|Alexei Ramirez finishes with four hits, including a tiebreaking double to put Chicago ahead in the 11th. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF||5||1||2||2||1||0||0||.267|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||6||1||4||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Alex Rios, RF||6||0||0||0||0||3||4||.273|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||3||1||2||0||3||0||0||.212|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||6||0||1||0||0||2||7||.242|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||2||0||0||1||0||1||0||.250|
|b-Casper Wells, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.191|
|Josh Phegley, C||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.200|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||1||0||.346|
|John Danks, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.246|
|a-walked for Gillaspie in the 8th|
|b-singled for Jones in the 10th|
|2B - Alejandro De Aza (18, Pettibone), Alexei Ramirez 2 (24, De Fratus), Dayan Viciedo (12, Pettibone)|
|3B - Alejandro De Aza (2, Ramirez), Gordon Beckham (1, Pettibone)|
|SF - Conor Gillaspie (5)|
|SH - John Danks (2)|
|RBI - Alejandro De Aza 2 (43), Alexei Ramirez (21), Conor Gillaspie (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez (11)|
|SB - Gordon Beckham (5, 2nd base off Pettibone/Ruiz)|
|CS - Brent Morel (1, 2nd base by Bastardo/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Outfield Assists - Dayan Viciedo 1|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Dunn, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Dunn-Keppinger-Beckham-Dunn|
|E - Adam Dunn (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Ramon Troncoso (W,1-2)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||6.59|
|Addison Reed (S,24)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.95|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 111-75, Matt Lindstrom 16-10, Donnie Veal 5-2, Nate Jones 22-15, Ramon Troncoso 26-14, Addison Reed 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 10-3, Matt Lindstrom 1-2, Ramon Troncoso 2-1, Addison Reed 2-0|
|Batters Faced - John Danks 26, Matt Lindstrom 4, Donnie Veal 1, Nate Jones 6, Ramon Troncoso 5, Addison Reed 4|
|Ben Revere, CF||6||0||2||0||0||0||4||.305|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Michael Young, 3B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.291|
|Domonic Brown, LF||5||0||0||1||0||0||3||.277|
|Delmon Young, RF||5||0||2||1||0||2||3||.271|
|Kevin Frandsen, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.290|
|Darin Ruf, 1B||4||2||3||1||1||0||0||.450|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||5||0||1||0||0||0||4||.268|
|Jonathan Pettibone, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.107|
|b-Chase Utley, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.274|
|c-Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|d-Humberto Quintero, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|a-announced for De Fratus in the 7th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Mayberry in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Papelbon in the 9th|
|d-singled for Diekman in the 11th|
|2B - Michael Young (18, Danks), Delmon Young (10, Danks), Darin Ruf (3, Reed)|
|HR - Darin Ruf (2, Danks)|
|RBI - Domonic Brown (65), Delmon Young (28), Darin Ruf (3), Humberto Quintero (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Delmon Young (16)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Domonic Brown 1|
|DP - Young-Frandsen-Ruf|
|E - Jimmy Rollins (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|PB - Carlos Ruiz (2)|
|Justin De Fratus||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||4.82|
|J.C. Ramirez (L,0-1)||1.2||4||2||1||0||0||0||2.57|
|IBB - Beckham by Jonathan Pettibone, Dunn by Justin De Fratus|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Pettibone 91-60, Justin De Fratus 23-13, Antonio Bastardo 12-7, Jonathan Papelbon 19-14, J.C. Ramirez 25-19, Jake Diekman 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Pettibone 9-2, Justin De Fratus 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1, J.C. Ramirez 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Jonathan Pettibone 27, Justin De Fratus 5, Antonio Bastardo 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4, J.C. Ramirez 9, Jake Diekman 2|
|Attendance - 41562|
|Game Time - 3:53|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|