Philip Humber gave up just two runs in Friday night’s start against the Dodgers, but was still denied the win when his bullpen failed him and the Sox dropped the opener of their series in extra innings.
The surprisingly good fifth starter managed yet another quality outing, giving up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He walked one and struck out four. Both of those runs came in the first inning, on a Matt Kemp two run shot.
The White Sox offense answered in the second inning, roughing up Dodgers starter Ted Lilly for three earned. Those runs came thanks to a double by Ramon Castro and a two run homer by Gordon Beckham. The score would remain 3-2 until the top of the ninth inning, when Sergio Santos came into the game in relief to try for the save.
Santos hadn’t allowed a run in 20 innings of work prior to Friday night, but after getting two outs he gave up a game-tying solo shot to Russell Mitchell. The Dodgers added another three runs in the tenth, and the Sox only managed one more off of a groundout by Adam Dunn, as they lost 6-4.
The teams will play the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon at the Cell. First pitch will be at 1:10 P.M., CDT.