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Brewers unable to slow down White Sox

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Associated Press
June 24, 2012
— The Milwaukee Brewers pitching got the best of the Chicago White Sox offense Friday.

It was a different story Saturday.


Brewers pitchers allowed 14 hits and Chicago rallied for an 8-6 win on Saturday.


Dayan Viciedo homered and drove in four runs and Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning.


With the game tied 6-6, Gordon Beckham led off the seventh against Jose Veras with a single and stole second. After an intentional walk to Paul Konerko, Rios put Chicago up for good.


"Those guys should be guys that every time we bring them in there they're making good pitches to get people out," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his bullpen.


"Putting up that zero that we need so much to give our offense a chance."


Addison Reed got Corey Hart to ground into a force out to leave the bases loaded in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances. The Brewers stranded 10 runners.


Viciedo, who entered 7 for 53 with one extra-base hit and one multihit game in June, had three hits including a two-run homer to right field that gave the White Sox a 4-2 lead in the fourth.


"He's a strong guy," said Brewers starter Randy Wolf. "I remember facing him in spring training. ... I remember thinking he's got very good opposite field power."


"It feels great," Viciedo said through a translator. "It's been a really tough month, but as far as that affecting my confidence it's just one of those things you got to keep going at it, keep practicing, and it will turn around."


Jesse Crain (2-1) earned the win. Veras took the loss (3-3).


The Brewers built a 6-4 lead in the sixth, batting around and scoring three times. Aramis Ramirez led off with a single, and Will Ohman relieved Dylan Axelrod after the White Sox starter hit Rickie Weeks with a pitch.


Pinch-hitter Martin Maldonado singled home the tying run, Cody Ransom singled in the go-ahead run, and Carlos Gomez capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.


The White Sox tied it in the bottom of the inning. Rios led off with a single, stole second and scored on Viciedo's RBI single. Orlando Hudson knocked in Viciedo with a two-out double.


Rios finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI.


Leadoff man Norichika Aoki had three hits, scored twice, and tied a Brewers franchise record with four stolen bases.


"I think that's a big part of my game, being aggressive on the bases and going after the next base," Aoki said through a translator.


Axelrod was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday and made his second start of the season in place of Philip Humber (right elbow strain), who went on the 15-day disabled list. He allowed five runs four earned in 5 1-3 innings.


A day after Zack Greinke shut Chicago out for nine innings, Wolf allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.


"I didn't feel like I was very sharp with my fastball today," Wolf said. "I just wasn't good enough today to really be successful."


The Brewers opened the scoring in the second on a defensive miscue. George Kottaras doubled down the left field line, and Viciedo misplayed the carom in the corner, allowing Ramirez to score from first.


Chicago responded in the bottom half with back-to-back RBI singles from Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez to take a 2-1 lead.


Milwaukee tied it in the third on an RBI single by Ryan Braun. The hit extended Braun's overall hitting streak to 17 games and his interleague streak to 27.


Beckham had three hits, including an RBI single in the eighth to cap the scoring.


Ramirez singled twice and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to seven.


NOTES: Braun served as the designated hitter for the second time this season and fifth in his career. ... Before the game, Milwaukee placed Shaun Marcum on the 15-day disabled list because of elbow soreness and activated Travis Ishikawa (oblique strain). ... White Sox OF and leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza had the day off. ... The Brewers and White Sox will complete their three-game series on Sunday with Michael Fiers (2-2, 3.46) opposing Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.53).



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