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Sox Place Jenks On Bereavement List

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The White Sox have been without Jenks the last three games as he tends to an undisclosed family matter. In Jenks’ absence on Saturday, Matt Thornton pitched a scoreless ninth for the White Sox in a 2-1 win over the rival Cubs. The White Sox enter Sunday having won 11 straight.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hopes to get Jenks back on Wednesday for the final game of a three-game series at Kansas City.

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Carlos Marmol Nearly, But Not Quite Blows Game In The 9th

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Tyler Colvin went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI to power the Cubs to an 8-6 victory, halting the White Sox’s winning streak at 11 games despite a shaky ninth-inning performance by Carlos Marmol.

The ChiSox had won 15 of 16 overall and were 4-1 this season against their Windy City rival coming in, but Ryan Dempster’s seven solid innings and the Cubs’ 14-hit effort put the brakes on their longest successful stretch since 1961.

Dempster (6-6) allowed three runs on nine hits while walking one and fanning eight for the Cubs, who salvaged the finale of the three-game series and won for third time in nine games.

Geovany Soto had three hits, a run scored and an RBI, while Alfonso Soriano added a solo homer in the much-needed victory.

John Danks (7-6), who had pitched to a 0.90 earned-run average in three previous starts against the Cubs, was touched for six runs on seven hits and two walks in five-plus innings to take the loss.

Paul Konerko homered for the Sox, who ended interleague play with an impressive 15-3 record.

Though the Cubs held a five-run lead, 8-3, entering the ninth, they opted to bring in their closer. A pair of one-out walks gave the Sox hope, but Alexei Ramirez flied out to left for the second out.

Gordon Beckham kept the game alive with an RBI double, and Juan Pierre plated two more with a base hit to right. Andruw Jones worked a pinch-hit walk in front of Alex Rios, who chased Marmol’s 2-2 pitch off the plate to squash the comeback bid.

Carlos Quentin’s two-run single in the first inning provided a two-run lead for the hosts, though A.J. Pierzynski struck out later in the frame to strand two runners in scoring position.

Danks gave up two singles in the third before Colvin turned on a first-pitch fastball and sent it over the right-field wall to give the Cubs their first lead of the series, 3-2.

Derrek Lee’s two-run double in the fifth provided a 5-2 advantage for the visitors.

Danks was pulled after walking Soriano to start the sixth, and Soto greeted Tony Pena with an RBI two-bagger.

Konerko cranked his 20th home run of the season to open the home sixth.

Soriano answered with his own leadoff blast in the eighth, and Randy Williams yielded a two-out RBI single to Colvin later in the inning for a five-run game.

It was the ChiSox’s longest string of victories since a 12-game burst from June 17-27, 1961…The White Sox placed closer Bobby Jenks on the bereavement list prior to the game and purchased the contract of pitcher Erick Threets from Triple-A Charlotte…Quentin has 11 RBI in his last six games…Danks had won his previous three starts…Nine of the Sox’s 11 hits were singles.

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Sox Look To Match Longest Winning Streak In 49 Years In Interleague Finale Vs. Cubs

(Sports Network) - The White Sox have taken advantage of the Cubs' struggling offense to post their longest winning streak in 49 years. The Cubs and their bats might find it difficult to break out against John Danks.

The left-handed Danks will try to improve on his stellar career numbers against his crosstown rivals this afternoon when the two Chicago teams wrap a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field as well as their 2010 regular-season series.

Danks draws a favorable opponent as he seeks to win a fourth straight start. He is 2-0 with a sparkling 0.90 earned run average in three career starts against the Cubs and brings a 5-2 mark and 2.66 ERA in 12 interleague starts into this outing.

The 25-year-old has a 2.05 ERA over his personal win streak and has pitched at least seven innings in each outing. He bested the Braves on Tuesday with seven innings of three-run ball to improve to 7-5 on the season with a 3.23 ERA.

Danks is 4-3 with a 2.41 ERA in eight home starts this season and missed out on facing the Cubs when these teams met at Wrigley Field back on June 11-13. The White Sox won the first two contests before losing the series finale, but they haven't lost since, ripping off 11 straight wins for their longest string of victories since a 12-game burst from June 17-27, 1961.

After shutting out the Cubs in Friday's opener, the White Sox needed Paul Konerko's solo homer in the eighth inning to notch a 3-2 triumph on Saturday. The blast was Konerko's 19th of the season, third most in the majors.

"He's a very quiet leader," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of his first baseman. "There's one thing about him, he doesn't panic in the crucial situation. He's very professional when the game's on the line, he's more relaxed."

Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez both drove in a run in the victory, the club's 15th in 16 games. The White Sox are now 15-2 against the National League this season and have won seven of the last eight against the Cubs on the South Side.

Playing one day after starter Carlos Zambrano exploded on his teammates in the dugout after the first inning of Friday's game, an incident that earned him a team-issued suspension, the Cubs tied the contest at two in the seventh inning when Aramis Ramirez connected on his first homer since June 5th in what was his second game since returning from a thumb injury.

The Cubs, who became the first MLB team to reach 20,000 regular-season games, have scored just six runs in their last five games though and have lost six of their last eight overall.

"It's something we can build from hopefully," said Cubs manager Lou Piniella of the close defeat. "We played with some intensity tonight, we played the game well. We just didn't get the big hit when we needed it."

The Cubs' Ryan Dempster will try to rebound from a tough-luck loss last time out as he held the Mariners to just two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts in an eight-inning complete game that saw the righty lose a 2-0 decision. He allowed two earned runs for a third straight start and went the distance for the first time this season and 11th time in his career, but still fell to 5-6 with a 3.56 ERA on the season.

The right-hander has faced the White Sox 12 times in his career, including five starts, and is 1-4 with three saves and a 5.09 ERA.

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