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Pierzynski helps ChiSox take down Cubs

Jun 23, 2011 - 6:01 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - A.J. Pierzynski plated two runs with his first triple in over two years and Jake Peavy made a successful return from the 15-day disabled list in the White Sox's 4-3 victory over the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.

Brent Lillibridge also was credited with a pair of RBI for the White Sox, who took two of three from their crosstown rivals.

Peavy (3-1), who landed on the DL for the second time this season with a strained right adductor earlier in the month, gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Doug Davis (1-6) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits over five frames to absorb the loss, the Cubs' fourth in five games.

"We've done some better things the last 7-to-10 days, but now we have to take the next step and start finding a way to win more of these games," said Cubs manager Mike Quade.

The White Sox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios stroked back-to-back singles before Pierzynski ripped his first three- base hit since May 5, 2009 at Kansas City to the gap in right-center. Pierzynski then scored on a squeeze bunt by Lillibridge.

Starlin Castro put the Cubs on the board with an two-out, RBI single in the fifth, but the White Sox got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Davis hit Lillibridge with the bases loaded.

The Cubs trimmed their deficit to 4-3 in the next frame. Carlos Pena led off with his third home run of the series -- a blast over the center-field wall. Three consecutive one-out singles, the last one by Jeff Baker, produced a run. Chris Sale relieved Peavy and got Castro to groundout with the bases loaded.

The White Sox's bullpen escaped more trouble in the eighth, as the Cubs put a runner on third with only one out. Jesse Crain struck out Koyie Hill and Matt Thornton fanned Kosuke Fukudome to end the inning.

Sergio Santos tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 14th save of the season.

Game Notes

The White Sox have now won 17 straight interleague series...Pena hit his fifth home run in his last seven games.