CHICAGO(AP) A strange feeling hit
like a fastball as the
saga unfolded, so he did the only thing he could do.
He focused, locked in.
Richard struck out a career-high eight over six innings,
homered in his second straight game and the
Chicago White Sox
shut out the
again, 4-0 on Saturday.
''It was something I had never been a part of, so it was a little bit different,'' said Richard, who reportedly would have
gone to San Diego had Peavy not blocked the trade Thursday. ''It just made me appreciate what I have here.''
Richard insisted the thought never crossed his mind: Would his next appearance be with the
or the Padres?
''I try to keep that out of my mind,'' he said.
The Pirates would have loved to keep him out of sight.
Richard (1-0) allowed four hits for his first victory since last August, and the
won for the fourth time in five games. They haven't allowed a run since that franchise record-tying 20-1 loss to Minnesota
tended to his ailing father-in-law in Venezuela, the
turned in a performance he would have liked.
singled in a run in the fourth, Ramirez made it 3-0 with a two-run shot in the fifth, and
added a solo drive in the eighth.
are looking pretty good.
They got blown out Thursday and blown off by Peavy. But since then?
combined on a two-hitter in Friday's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh. And on Saturday, they got another dominant start while handing
the Pirates their third straight loss after winning five in a row.
Pittsburgh wasted a standout performance by Duke on Friday and a solid effort by
(5-4), who allowed four runs and six hits in a career-high 7 2-3 innings. But two big swings by Ramirez and Dye opened up
Dye hit his 11th homer with two out in the eighth after scoring the game's first run, and Ohlendorf left after walking
The big blow, however, came from Ramirez in the fifth.
With a 1-0 lead, he drove a fastball to the seats beyond the left-field bullpen for his third homer. The runner-up for AL
Rookie of the Year last season, Ramirez had gone 72 at-bats without one before he connected Friday and the three-run lead
was plenty given how Richard was pitching.
''A lefty like that who mixes his pitches is going to be hard to hit,'' Ramirez said.
The 25-year-old threw several pitches in the mid-90s while winning for the first time since he beat Seattle and Baltimore
in back-to-back starts last Aug. 19 and 25. Not bad, considering he might have been a Padre.
''I don't know why,'' Pittsburgh's
said. ''No, I know why. Because Peavy is one of the best in the game. But he is very young and very talented. He threw the
Richard, who replaced the struggling
in the rotation earlier this month, allowed two runs over a career-high seven innings in his previous start against Toronto.
And the Pirates never got a runner past second for the second straight night.
''It's funny, it seems to hit everybody at once,'' manager
They had two runners on in the second and sixth, but Richard stranded them.
also drove a long fly to left leading off the fifth that
caught as he crashed into the wall. Quentin, who has been bothered by a sore left heel, left after grounding out to end the
sixth for precautionary reasons.
said he will be in the lineup Sunday, ''no doubt about it.''
Notes: Cora filled in for Guillen, who is expected to return Sunday afternoon but won't manage. ... Richard struck out seven
against Texas last July 23. ... Quentin made his first start in eight days in left field, after starting at DH on Friday and
getting two at-bats there the previous day. He missed five games because of a sore left heel. ... Chicago had back-to-back
shutouts Aug. 12 and 13 at Kansas City. ... LaRoche went 2 for 3, extending his hitting streak to eight games.