D-Backs Fall 8-2 To White Sox Behind Chicago's Late-Game Surge

A five-run inning in the eighth powered the White Sox to an 8-2 victory over the Diamondbacks as Chicago took the series 2-1.

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White Sox Play Big Late, D-Backs Fail To Respond In 8-2 Loss

The Arizona Diamondbacks looked to rebound from Saturday's embarassing 6-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox with a series-clinching victory on Sunday. Unfortunately, things went wrong down the stretch and Chicago walked away as 8-2 winners.

For most of the game, the White Sox and Diamondbacks remained close as both clubs failed to put points on the board. The White Sox finally took advantage in the seventh inning behind back-to-back homers by Paul Konereko and Alex Rio to open up a 3-0 lead. The two-homer inning saw the end of Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter, who played pretty well prior to the inning with only two hits allowed and five strikeouts.

Arizona replaced Collmenter with Esmerling Vasquez in the eighth, but their struggles only got worse as the White Sox produced five more runs to push the lead to 8-0. The Diamondbacks responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on hits by Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton.

Unfortunately, those would be the only runs produced by the Diamondbacks all night. A scoreless ninth inning secured an 8-2 White Sox victory and dropped the Diamondbacks to 39-34 on the season. The Diamondbacks have now dropped two straight series (against the San Francisco Giants and now the Chicago White Sox), and they will look to rebound against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

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Daniel Hudson Complete Game Dominance In Win Over White Sox, 4-1

Daniel Hudson was brilliant against this former team. He went the full nine innings, giving up just one run and three hits to the Chicago White Sox. The Arizona Diamondbacks, on the other side of that trade, were able to hang four runs on Edwin Jackson to earn the 4-1 win in the first game of the series.

Hudson threw 119 pitches on the night and had just over 100 headed into the ninth inning. D-backs close J.J. Putz was warming up but had pitched the two previous nights and gave three runs in those outings. It was huge for Hudson to give his bullpen a rest and he wanted the ball in the ninth.

"I wanted to finish the game," Hudson said after the game. "I still felt strong coming after the eighth inning and Charlie (pitching coach Charles Nagy) came up and asked if I was still good and I said, 'yeah, I want to finish it.' I was really happy he was going to let me go back out and try and finish it."

Justin Upton picked up where he left off in Thursday's win over the Giants. He scored the last run of that game with a tenth inning walk-off home run. He knocked in the first run of this game in the first frame with a single that plated Stephen Drew. Doubles from Miguel Montero and Kelly Johnson added two more to the total and Hudson gave himself even more breathing room with an RBI double of his own in the seventh.

Paul Konerko hit a solo home run to do the only damage to Hudson's otherwise clean game.

For more on this game, visit AZ Snake Pit.

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