Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brian McCann's three-run homer in the
sixth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Chicago
White Sox in the opener of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
With John Danks (2-7) pitching for the White Sox and the game tied at 2-2,
Joey Terdoslavich hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth inning and
Justin Upton singled to left three batters later. Both of them advanced on a
Next up was McCann, who hammered a changeup to right to give Atlanta the
lead. Danks threw an array of fastballs, cutters and changeups, but McCann was
able to connect on the 11th pitch of the at-bat and homered in his third
"Made a bad pitch. Kind of got to the point where, for a lack of better way of
putting it, ran out of things to throw to him," said Danks.
Braves starter Tim Hudson (7-7) gave up four runs on eight hits and a pair of
walks over 7 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel threw a hitless ninth to notch his
"Some great defense behind me, had some really great plays," said Hudson. "I
was able to make some pitches and then we got the three-run lead there and it
makes my job easier."
The White Sox have lost three straight and eight of their last 11 games.
Atlanta got on the board in the third. Chris Johnson hit a leadoff single
before Andrelton Simmons knocked a two-run homer to left.
The White Sox tied the game in the home half. Gordon Beckham singled to center
to start but was forced out on a fielder's choice from Josh Phegley. After
Alexei Ramirez delivered a base hit to left, Alex Rios ripped a two-run
double to right-center field.
Chicago scored two runs in the eighth. Alejandro De Aza walked with one out,
stole second, and scored on a double by Ramirez. Luis Avilan came in relief
and got Adam Dunn to ground out, but Ramirez advanced to third. Jordan Walden
replaced Avilan, but gave up an RBI single to Jeff Keppinger. Walden ended the
rally by striking out Conor Gillaspie.
The Braves added one run in the ninth. Justin Upton singled to start the
inning and later scored on Johnson's single to right.
In the home half, Kimbrel walked pinch-hitter Blake Tekotte with two outs, but
struck out De Aza to end the game.
Prior to the game, the White Sox activated pitcher Jake Peavy from the 15-day
disabled list. He is scheduled to start Saturday's game against the Braves ...
Danks pitched seven innings, allowing all five runs on seven hits. He has
received just 28 runs of support over 11 starts this season ... Ramirez is on
an eight-game hitting streak ... Hudson is 4-3 in nine starts against the
White Sox, but has not won at U.S. Cellular Field since April 28, 2002, when
he was a member of the Athletics ... Over his career, Hudson is 159-6 when he
has received support of four or more runs while in the game.
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