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Morning Box Score

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 25, 2010 2:30PM

Sox Chip Halos
In something of a pitcher's duel, the Sox got their second straight win, downing the Angels 2-1 in their series opener. The Sox fell behind 1-0 early but Paul Konerko evened up the game in the fifth with a solo shot. Then, in the top of the ninth, still tied 1-1, Juan Pierre walked and Omar Vizquel singled to put two on and Alex Rios drove home Pierre with an RBI single to put the Sox up 2-1. Freddy Garcia gave up a run and struck out five over six innings for the Sox but got a no-decision, the win going to Matt Thornton in relief. Ozzie remained upbeat despite the Sox' elimination from playoff contention earlier this week: "Well, everything you do, you take a little pride about it. You didn't make it to where you want to make it, but you want to finish the best you can." The Sox keep playing for pride later tonight against the Angels once more (8:05 p.m., CSN)

Cardinals Best Cubs
The Cubs close out their home portion of the 2010 season against the rival Cardinals so, hey, a win or two would be nice. Unfortunately, it was the Red Birds drawing first blood in the series with a great performance from Adam Wainwright for a 7-1 win. An Aramis Ramirez solo homer was all the offense the Cubs could muster while the Cards tagged Tom Gorzelanny who gave up all seven Cardinals runs over 3.1 innings pitched. Other than Ramirez's homer, the Cubs could only muster five other hits, going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs hope to bounce back this afternoon and give the home fans something to cheer about this weekend (12:05 p.m., WGN).