Sox Slam Cubs, Take Series 2-1

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox tagged Greg Maddux for seven earned runs off 11 hits in just four innings of work Sunday to take two of three from the crosstown rival Cubs by a final score of 9-4. Paul Konerko again drove in three runs and finished the series 6-for-10 with two homeruns and nine RBIs.

In the first inning, the South siders took advantage of unusual control problems from the 38-year-old Maddux (6-6). Following an infield single from Aaron Rowand and back-to-back base on balls to Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee, Konerko hit a two-run single to left center that scored both runners and gave the Sox an early 2-0 lead.

The Cubs answered in the second, starting with a 454-foot bomb to straight away center field from Sammy Sosa. Later that same inning, Paul Bako legged out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Aramis Ramirez to score the tying run.

Sosa continued to show signs of heating up by launching a two-run homer to right center the very next inning to give the Cubs their only lead of the day at 4-3. A half inning earlier in the bottom of the second, Sox catcher Miguel Olivo drilled a solo homerun just a few feet fair down the left field line for the Pale hosers' third run of the afternoon.

After Sosa's second homer of the day - and his 12th of the year - came in the third inning, Konerko hit a sacrifice fly to right in the bottom half to even up the contest at 4-4.

The next batter, Timo Perez, smacked a two-run homer to deep right to give the White Sox a lead they would not relinquish.

Center fielder Aaron Rowand extended the lead to 7-4 with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fourth, and an error on Ramirez' part allowed two unearned runs to score in the fifth to make it 9-4.

Cliff Politte and Damaso Marte combined to work the final three innings in relief of Sox starter Esteban Loaiza (8-3) without allowing a hit. Loaiza, a 21-game winner with the South siders a year ago, worked six innings despite giving up four runs on 10 hits.

The Cubs have tomorrow off before getting set for a three-game series with the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field Tuesday night. LHPs Andy Pettitte and Glendon Rusch will start game one of the series.

NOTES: Starting right fielder Todd Hollandsworth left the game in the top of the third inning after fouling a pitch off his knee. X-rays were negative. Kerry Wood worked in a simulated game Sunday back on the north side of town, throwing 42 pitches over three innings. He will likely throw one more simulated start and then partake in a minor league rehab assignment before the Cubs make a decision on removing him from the DL. The last time Wood pitched in a minor league rehab start was in 2000 with both the Class-A Daytona Cubs and the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The Cubs placed left-hander Mike Remlinger on the 15-day DL prior to Sunday's game, and recalled Michael Wuertz from Iowa. Wuertz threw two scoreless innings in relief of Maddux.

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