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Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2003 7:35 PM EDT
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Chicago White Sox
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R H E
7 11 0
Chicago Cubs
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6 15 0
W Buehrle (4-10)
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CHI WHITE SOX 7, CHICAGO CUBS 6
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- For the second straight afternoon the Chicago White Sox built a big lead, this time, they just hung on.

Willie Harris and Joe Crede drove in two runs apiece as the White Sox opened a seven-run advantage and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs .

In the series opener, the White Sox scored eight times in the first two innings and cruised to a 12-3 triumph.

"Today started out like yesterday and unfortunately it ended up like yesterday," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "But today nobody left and the fans were into it, but we have to salvage a win tomorrow."

Mark Buehrle (4-10) benefited from the early support and won his second straight start following a nine-game losing streak. He allowed four runs and nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Buehrle, who had just one hit in 16 career at-bats, had an RBI single in the second inning to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

"After our first inning, I went running out onto the field joking, saying to everyone, `Where's my six runs,?'" Buehrle said. "But then the next two innings we got six runs, so it was great to see."

Billy Koch recorded his 10th save in 12 chances, despite allowing a run and two hits in the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa had a run-scoring single with one out, but Josh Paul threw out pinch runner Tom Goodwin attempting to steal second. Koch walked Moises Alou before sealing the win by retiring Eric Karros on a lineout.

"Both me and (bench coach Joe Nossek ) said to each other at the same time, `Let's pitch out,'" White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "But give Josh and (D'Angelo) Jimenez credit for making the play work."

Alou hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, who lost their third straight game.

Matt Clement (5-7) was tagged for season highs of seven runs and 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings before three relievers combined to retire 17 of 18 batters.

"Give credit to the other team, they were able to do the job, and I couldn't," Clement said. "But we did battle. But we just don't have anything to show for it."

The Cubs also blew an opportunity in the seventh, when Damian Miller was thrown out trying to score from first base on a double by Ramon Martinez .

"I don't know if there's a mistake, we are trying to play aggressive baseball and that's what I call it," Baker said of third base coach Wendell Kim's decision to send Miller.

Tom Gordon replaced Buehrle after Martinez's double and Mark Grudzielanek greeted him with a run-scoring double to cut the deficit to 7-4. Corey Patterson followed with an RBI single, but Gordon retired Sosa on a flyout and got Alou to pop out.

Magglio Ordonez led off the third with a double to right-center field before scoring on Brian Daubach 's double to left to make it 4-0. One out later, Jose Valentin walked and Crede delievered an RBI single. After Buehrle bunted into a forceout, Harris singled home Crede for a six-run lead.

Crede chased Clement with an RBI single in the fourth before Kyle Farnsworth came on and struck out Paul and got Buehrle on a groundout to leave the bases loaded.

Sosa led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and Alou sent Buehrle's next picth over the left field fence for his eighth homer. Miller had an RBI double later in the inning to pull the Cubs within 7-3.


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