Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson got lost on the bases and was doubled
up for the final out, and the Chicago White Sox ended a nine-game
losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Sunday.
Down 4-1, Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth against Addison Reed. After Ryan Flaherty grounded into a forceout at second base that scored a run, Dickerson ran for him.
Dickerson tried to steal second on a pitch to Brian Roberts, who hit a foul pop near first base. Dickerson lost track of the ball and was easily trapped.
Rookie Andre Rienzo pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox.
Brewers 3, Cubs 1: Yovani Gallardo tossed seven strong innings in Chicago, and Jeff Bianchi delivered a key two-run, pinch-hit single.
Gallardo (11-9) allowed one run and three hits, and Scott Baker pitched five shutout innings for the Cubs in his first start of the season following Tommy John surgery last year.
Cardinals 9, Pirates 2: Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the Cardinals routed the Pirates for a three-game sweep.
The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1½-game division lead. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1½ games, and still stuck on 81 victories.
Wacha (3-0) allowed two hits and walked two. He struck out two and never had more than one runner on at a time.
Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (7-4) left with discomfort in his left foot in the second inning.