is ready for his favorite kind of six-pack.
''Hopefully, there are five more wins to come after this one,'' said Contreras, who made a strong bid to keep his job in Chicago's
rotation Wednesday by leading the
Kansas City Royals
It's been a bizarre season of sixes for Contreras, who has faltered in recent years after starring during the team's 2005
He went 0-5 with an 8.19 ERA in this season's first six starts, followed by 4-2 with a 2.06 ERA in his next six outings. He
then slumped to 0-4 with a 7.62 ERA in six starts before Wednesday.
That last stretch of poor pitching prompted the
to bring in fellow '05 World Series hero
to compete for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
One day after Garcia couldn't make it out of the fifth inning, Contreras (5-11) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings,
struck out eight and walked one to win for the first time since July 8.
''If this start was the beginning of the right kind of six-game streak, that would be huge for us,'' Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski
said. ''We need Jose. If you can get the back end of your rotation going, that's how you get on a roll.''
, who have won eight of their last nine home series, began the day three games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Given that the struggling Contreras was going against AL ERA leader
, ''the odds obviously were against us,'' Chicago manager
But Greinke was just a little off and the
hit solo home runs - the first three-homer game off Greinke since he allowed four at U.S. Cellular Field on June 3 last year.
Still, he wasn't especially impressed with Chicago's all-or-nothing offensive approach.
''When you make your pitches, they don't have a chance,'' said Greinke, whose ERA rose to 2.44. ''If I executed a pitch, it
was an out or a swing-and-miss. When I didn't, it was a double or a home run.''
Aside from the homers, the other three hits he allowed in his seven innings were doubles. Coming in, he had given up only
seven home runs all season and had just one multiple-homer game against him, June 5 at Toronto. Greinke entered July at 10-3
with a 1.95 ERA but is 1-5 with a 3.41 ERA since.
Contreras allowed singles in the first and third innings but erased the runners on double-play grounders. After surrendering
' leadoff homer in the fourth, he retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced.
''We still believe in him,'' Guillen said. ''Hopefully, all those painful outings (are finished) and he'll have nice ones
at the end of the season.''
got four outs, allowing
's eighth-inning homer, and
struck out the final two batters for his 26th save in 30 chances.
doubled in a first-inning run, joining
as the only
with 1,000 RBIs.
Beckham's third-inning homer made it 2-0, and Quentin's shot in the fourth answered DeJesus' home run. In the seventh, Rios
hit his first homer since the
claimed him off waivers from Toronto on Aug. 10.
, out since June 9 with an ankle injury, needs at least two more rehab starts in the minors,
said. The original plan called for the 2007 NL
winner, acquired from San Diego at the trading deadline, to start Aug. 28 against the Yankees. But after Peavy allowed four
runs in four innings during Tuesday's rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte, Cooper said a September comeback is more likely.
... Royals closer
, who twisted his ankle while following through on the second pitch of his successful one-inning appearance Tuesday, had very
little swelling overnight and could have pitched Wednesday. ... Both teams are off Thursday.