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Morning Box Score: Marmol Blows a Save, White Sox Hang On at Fenway

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 1, 2011 2:30PM

Astros 7, Cubs 3

When Carlos Marmol melts down, he melts down in spectacular fashion. Called upon to preserve a gem of a game by Carlos Zambrano, the normally automatic Marmol instead gave up six runs, capped by a Hunter Pence three-run homer, to take the loss. Zambrano had every reason to want to break Marmol over his knee the way he did the bat in the photo accompanying this post, but he was civil and all "these things happen in baseball" after the game. Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI for the Cubs.

White Sox 10, Red Sox 7

Phil Humber made another strong case for remaining a starting pitcher whenever Ozzie Guillen gets tired of this six-man rotation experiment with 7.2 innings of four-run ball. the White Sox lineup sprayed hits all over Fenway Park, led by Alexei Ramirez's 4-for-5, three RBI night. The White Sox needed every one of those ten runs they plated last night, as Guillen once again didn't trust his eyes and sent Will Ohman and Brian Bruney to the mound. Those two pitchers promptly allowed Boston back into the game. Chris Sale picked up the final out to earn what turned into a save opportunity.