CHICAGO (AP) -- Angel Pagan looked like a man ready to party.
The rookie wore a pinstriped suit, shades and a silver chain
with a cross after hitting his first two career homers on his 25th
birthday. And the Chicago Cubs held off the Chicago White Sox 15-11
Sunday afternoon to avoid a three-game sweep.
"There is no better gift than that one," Pagan said.
Buehrle (9-5) allowed a career-high 11 runs and 13 hits over
five innings as the White Sox lost for just the third time in 16
Barrett hit a solo homer and Zambrano added a two-run shot in
the first inning as the Cubs took a 7-2 lead. Neifi Perez hit a
three-run drive off Buehrle in the fifth that made it 11-5.
Pagan homered twice off Cliff Politte -- leading off the seventh
to make it 12-7 and a two-run shot in the eighth to make it 15-10.
The rookie started in right field for Jacque Jones, who is 1-for-27
against Buehrle, and moved to left late in the game.
"I want to establish my career as an everyday player," said
Pagan, who was activated Friday after spending six weeks on the
disabled list with a strained left hamstring. "I want ... to start
my career from [here] on."
Barrett had a career high four hits, and Perez tied a career
high with four RBI as the Cubs earned their second victory in 10
Although he delivered at the plate, Zambrano struggled through
six-plus innings with a sore left knee.
He allowed seven runs and seven hits, including a three-run
homer by Juan Uribe and pinch-hit shot by Jim Thome leading off the
seventh. Zambrano left with an 11-6 lead and runners on first and
Bob Howry got the final four outs for his second save.
Thome's homer was his American League-leading 27th. Joe Crede's
two-run homer off Scott Williamson in the eighth cut the Cubs' lead
to 13-9. And Tadahito Iguchi made it 13-10 with a solo shot off
Scott Eyre with two out in the inning.
Uribe finished with four RBI.
In his previous start against the White Sox on May 21 at U.S.
Cellular Field, Zambrano (7-3) had to be restrained after A.J. Pierzynski homered in the fourth inning and pointed toward the sky
-- as the pitcher does when he comes off the mound. Zambrano said he
was upset that Pierzynski said something as he rounded the bases --
not the pointing -- and added he was yelling at White Sox third-base
coach Joey Cora to keep Pierzynski under control. A day earlier,
Pierzynski knocked over Cubs Barrett, who punched him in the face
and set off a bench-clearing brawl.
Pierzynski was involved in another big hit this weekend, only no
punches were involved. His three-run homer off Ryan Dempster with
two out in the ninth lifted the White Sox to an 8-6 victory on
Buehrle, who pitched a two-hitter and beat the Cubs 6-1 on May
19, simply didn't have it this time.
The White Sox scored twice in the top of the first, but the Cubs
sent up 10 batters in the bottom half.
"I was throwing stuff down the middle and that's pretty much as
bad as it gets," Buehrle said.
Barrett then drove a 2-1 pitch out to center for his ninth
homer. Back-to-back doubles with two out by Matt Murton and Perez
made it 5-2, and Zambrano pulled the first pitch over the
left-field wall before Pierre struck out. It was the
switch-hitter's third homer -- the most by a Cubs pitcher since
Ferguson Jenkins hit six in 1971.
Buehrle hoped this would be a replay of the game at Minnesota on
May 14, when he became the first starter in 106 years to earn a
victory after giving up seven in the first inning. And the White
"When you think that you've got those guys in your pocket, they
come [back]," Perez said.
Which is why Pagan's surprising power display was so important.
"It was the first multi-homer game of my life," said Pagan, a
rookie who dedicated the performance to his late father. "I was
trying to put some good swings on the ball."
Alex Cintron started at third for the White Sox instead of
Crede, who is 1-for-18 against Zambrano. Crede entered the game in
the bottom of the seventh and hit his 16th homer in the eighth. ...
The Cubs had 20 hits in a 14-6 win over Boston on June 10, 2005.
... Thome's pinch-hit homer was the third of his career and second
in less than a week. He had one Thursday at Pittsburgh. It was the
second in as many games for the White Sox, who have five this
season. Paul Konerko hit one on Saturday. ... Buehrle's previous
high was 10 runs allowed on May 16, 2003 at Minnesota. The 13 hits
were one short of a career high.