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Thome homers as Sox pound Johnson, Marlins

Jun 19, 2007 - 5:34 AM CHICAGO (Ticker) -- A.J. Pierzynski and Jim Thome made Josh Johnson's return very unpleasant.

Pierzynski singled three times off Johnson and Thome provided the knockout punch with a home run as the reeling Chicago White Sox stomped the Florida Marlins, 10-5, in the opener of a three-game interleague set.

Jerry Owens scored three times and Rob Mackowiak collected two hits for the White Sox, who had lost 17 of 21. The offense scored six-plus runs for their third straight game after scoring six runs just three times in its previous 19 contests.

"We hit the ball better and had a little more confidence," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're keeping it rolling. It's a good feeling."

After going 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA in 31 games last season, Johnson's promising rookie campaign came to an end on September 12 when he was pulled from a start against the New York Mets with an elbow injury.

The 23-year-old yielded just three runs in 15 1/3 innings over three rehab starts, but he was not facing a farm club Monday.

"Physically I felt fine, everything else was terrible," Johnson said. "I just couldn't get on top of anything. Every single pitch was up. You get in a hitter's count, and you're pretty much screwed."

"Sometimes seeing a fresh face (in Johnson), or seeing someone you haven't faced before, at least you have no bad history with him," Paul Konerko said. "You just kind of run with it."

After he loaded the bases with nobody out in the first, the Sox opened the scoring when Konerko grounded into a double play. Pierzynski extended the inning with a run-scoring single to right.

Pierzynski struck again in the third after walks to Thome and Konerko loaded the bases with one out. The lefthanded swinger singled again to right, plating Owens for a 3-2 lead.

"We're swinging the bats better," Pierzynski said. "We're getting to where we need to be. It was a good night for me, and a good night for everyone."

Thome provided Chicago a big 8-2 cushion when he drilled a three-run homer - his ninth of the season and 481st career - in the fourth after two errors kept the inning moving. Two batters later Pierzynski, who entered with three hits in his last 21 at-bats, ended Johnson's nightmare with his third safety.

Johnson was tagged for eight runs - four earned - and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked four.

"(Johnson) was fine," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "If we make a couple of plays behind him, it's a different story."

The support provided Chicago starter Jose Contreras (5-7) his first win since May 21. The righthander allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"I felt I had better control today, than I did in my last outing," Contreras said through an interpreter. "My fastball is not as good as it was earlier (in the season), but I have to work through it. Sometimes that's what a pitcher goes through. (But) I'm not worried about it."

Alfredo Amezaga had two hits and two RBI for the Marlins, who have lost five of six.

Chicago right fielder Jermaine Dye, who drove in a run, left after making a diving catch in the fourth inning with a strained right quad.

"I think that play was the fuel of the game, when (Dye) made that play," Guillen said. "The game could've gone the other way if he hadn't made (the catch). He could still play, but I took him out. I didn't want to take a chance."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    FLORIDA 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 6 12 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 0 2 4 0 1 1 0 x 10 13 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: FLA - JOSH JOHNSON, BYUNG-HYUN KIM (4TH), RENYEL PINTO (7TH), WES
    OBERMUELLER (8TH) AND MIGUEL OLIVO
    CHA - JOSE CONTRERAS, RYAN BUKVICH (7TH), NICK MASSET
    (9TH), B

    Jun 18 11:33 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HERMIDA ON FIRST, J WILLINGHAM ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 6
    CHI WHITE SOX 10 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M OLIVO (.248, 1-FOR-4)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 11:28 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JUAN URIBE SCORED ROB MACKOWIAK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J URIBE ON FIRST, J FIELDS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 10 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J OWENS (.184, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 10:55 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED DAN UGGLA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 5
    CHI WHITE SOX 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J WILLINGHAM (.266, 1-FOR-3)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 10:44 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY HANLEY RAMIREZ SCORED ALFREDO AMEZAGA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D UGGLA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 4
    CHI WHITE SOX 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: M CABRERA (.333, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 10:40 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY PAUL KONERKO SCORED TADAHITO IGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P KONERKO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.254, 3-FOR-3, 2 RBI)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 10:30 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY ALFREDO AMEZAGA SCORED BRETT CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A AMEZAGA ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 3
    CHI WHITE SOX 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.261, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 10:04 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JIM THOME (9) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JOSH JOHNSON SCORED JUAN URIBE AND JERRY OWENS.
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2, CHI WHITE SOX 8
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: P KONERKO (.237, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 9:48 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JOSH JOHNSON ALLOWED JOSH FIELDS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J OWENS ON FIRST, J URIBE ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: T IGUCHI (.256, 1-FOR-2)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 9:46 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JERMAINE DYE SCORED PAUL KONERKO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J DYE ON FIRST, A PIERZYNSKI ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: R MACKOWIAK (.228, 1-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 9:30 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI SCORED JERRY OWENS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON FIRST, P KONERKO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.228, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 9:28 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAN UGGLA SCORED BRETT CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A AMEZAGA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 2
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: H RAMIREZ (.321, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 9:10 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALFREDO AMEZAGA SCORED MIGUEL OLIVO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A AMEZAGA ON FIRST, B CARROLL ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 1
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: D UGGLA (.261, 0-FOR-1)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 9:09 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY A.J. PIERZYNSKI SCORED TADAHITO IGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PIERZYNSKI ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 2 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: J DYE (.229, 11 HR, 33 RBI)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 8:48 PM


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    AT CHI WHITE SOX - SCORING UPDATE
    PAUL KONERKO HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING JERRY OWENS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T IGUCHI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: FLORIDA 0
    CHI WHITE SOX 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: A PIERZYNSKI (.243, 8 HR, 24 RBI)

    Marlins vs. White SoxJun 18 8:47 PM