The Chicago White Sox have had a miserable season - particularly offensively - but their lineup seemed to find a groove while winning a road series this week.
The visiting White Sox will try to continue their hot hitting during Saturday's day-night doubleheader against a Philadelphia Phillies team in the midst of its most successful month of the season.
Chicago (36-53) is second-to-last in baseball with 336 runs, and its .301 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage are also near the bottom.
However, the White Sox hope the postponement of Friday's series opener won't halt any momentum earned after they scored 22 runs while taking two of three from AL Central-leading Detroit. Chicago won 6-3 on Thursday behind Josh Phegley 's grand slam, his third homer in five games since making his big league debut.
It was the most runs Chicago scored in a series this year.
"You just keep going. It's a good feeling," manager Robin Ventura told the team's official website. "As low as it has been, you can have a series like this and beat a really good team."
The White Sox face a serious challenge against Philadelphia, which has won seven of 10. The Phillies (46-47) are on the verge of being .500 for the first time since they were 31-31 on June 7.
"It would be real good if we could win a series before we go into the break," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It's what we need to do, start winning series. If you do that every day, you're right there, you're sitting in good position."
Scheduled Phillies Game 1 starter Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84 ERA) has posted a 2.35 ERA in his last four starts and won the past two, matching a season high with six strikeouts in each. He limited the Braves to one run over 5 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win Sunday.
The right-hander has had mixed results in two interleague starts, posting a 1-1 record and 4.63 ERA.
Chicago counters with John Danks (2-6, 4.31), who is 1-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.53 ERA. Danks, who gave up three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 road loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, has received six runs of support in the three games.
The left-hander has gone 7-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 19 interleague starts but is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three such outings this season.
Taking the mound for Chicago in the nightcap, left-hander Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.49) has not earned a decision in three straight starts but has allowed two runs and five hits in each of the last two. He lasted 5 1-3 innings of an 8-2 loss to the Cubs on Monday.
The two runs Santiago allowed in that contest are his only surrendered over 12 1-3 innings while not earning a decision in two 2013 starts against the NL.
He'll be opposed by John Lannan (2-3, 4.23), who looks to build on Monday's outing when he gave up four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 3-2 win over Washington.
The left-hander last faced Chicago in 2010, when he gave up five runs in four innings of a 6-3 loss while with the Nationals.
The Phillies took three of four at home from Washington, capped by a 3-1 win Thursday.
Left-handed hitting Ben Revere , who went 2 for 4 and is batting .436 during a nine-game hit streak, has a .455 average against lefties in his last 11 games. He's batting .362 against those pitchers this season.
Teammate Delmon Young is batting .372 with two homers and four doubles off Danks.
The status of White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is uncertain after he left Thursday's game with a cramp in his right leg. Ramirez, who has started all 89 games, is 7 for 18 over his last four.
|Chicago White Sox|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 02, 2013||Jesse Crain||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder tightness|
|June 30, 2013||Jesse Crain||15-Day DL||Sprained right shoulder|
|June 29, 2013||Brian Omogrosso||15-Day DL||Strained right triceps|
|June 15, 2013||Alejandro De Aza||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|June 05, 2013||Jake Peavy||15-Day DL||Fractured rib - out 4-6 weeks|
|July 06, 2013||Ryan Howard||15-Day DL||Left knee inflammation|
|June 24, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|June 23, 2013||Michael Stutes||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 22, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||Day-to-Day||Back|
|June 20, 2013||Mike Adams||60-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 16, 2013||Jeremy Horst||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Alexei Ramirez watched the Chicago White Sox bullpen escape trouble and delivered when he got his chance.
Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to lift Chicago over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
After a 41-minute rain delay following the top of the ninth, White Sox righty Nate Jones escaped a no-out, second-and-third jam in the bottom half. Ramon Troncoso (1-2) then left the winning run on third in the 10th.
"The last few innings, guys were hanging by the skin of their teeth," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It wasn't pretty, but it worked out."
The teams were forced to play two after Friday night's interleague game was rained out. John Lannan faces Chicago's Hector Santiago in the nightcap, which was pushed back 30 minutes.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-out triple off J.C. Ramirez (0-1) in the 11th and Ramirez followed with a liner to right-center for his fourth hit. Ramirez then scored when shortstop Jimmy Rollins booted Alex Rios ' grounder for an error.
"Ramirez has been swinging the ball well, being aggressive," Ventura said.
The Phillies fell to 3-10 when they have a chance to move to .500. They won consecutive series over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, and took three of four from defending NL East champion Washington.
But the inability to hit a sacrifice fly cost Philadelphia against the White Sox, who entered with the third-worst record in the majors.
"We had some golden chances," manager Charlie Manuel said. "All we had to do was hit the ball and couldn't do it. The game was sitting there for us."
Jones balked runners to second and third in the ninth before retiring Carlos Ruiz on a shallow fly, striking out pinch-hitter Laynce Nix and getting Ben Revere on a hard liner to right.
The Phillies had runners on first and third with one out in the 10th, but Troncoso fanned Delmon Young and Kevin Frandsen grounded out.
"We just needed to hit a ball somewhere, make a fielder move," Manuel said. "Just needed to make contact."
Addison Reed pitched the 11th for his 24th save in 28 tries. He allowed an RBI single to pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero .
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone allowed three runs and six hits, striking out six in six innings. The Phillies fell to 10-6 in Pettibone's starts.
White Sox starter John Danks gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
"I think I'm on the right track now," Danks said. "I'll be disappointed if it doesn't go right."
Darin Ruf fouled off three straight pitches before driving a changeup out to straightaway center to tie it at 3 in the seventh. Ruf has two homers in 20 at-bats since being called up to replace injured slugger Ryan Howard . Ruf hit 41 homers last season, including 38 at Double-A and three for the Phillies.
Ruf then made an over-the-shoulder, sliding catch on a foul ball near the stands in the eighth.
Conor Gillaspie 's sacrifice fly put the White Sox up 3-2 in the sixth. De Aza's two-run double in the fifth tied it.
The Phillies jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on a RBI groundout by Domonic Brown and RBI single by Delmon Young .
NOTES: Plate umpire Brian O'Nora left the game after the top of the 10th inning. There was no immediate word on the cause. ... Ruiz took a hard shot to the throat on a pitch that bounced in the dirt before striking the catcher under his mask in the seventh. He grimaced and went down to the ground briefly, but stayed in. ... This is the fourth-ever series between the teams and first since the Phillies swept a three-game set in June 2007. ... The White Sox recalled LHP Donnie Veal from Triple-A Charlotte to replace lefty Matt Thornton , who was traded to Boston on Friday night. Veal retired the only batter he faced in the eighth. ... Revere extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Gordon Beckham has an eight-game hitting streak. ... Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.17) goes for his third straight win in the series finale Sunday afternoon against Chicago's Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.67).