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.