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Big Hurt, Pierzynski, Crede homer for Sox

CHICAGO (AP) -- Freddy Garcia leaned back in his black leather
chair afterward, looking calm and relaxed -- just the way he was on
the mound.

Garcia allowed three hits in seven innings Friday to lead the
Chicago White Sox to a 12-2 victory over the crosstown rival Cubs.

Frank Thomas, A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede homered, helping the
White Sox extend their winning streak to eight games before 39,610
fans, their third sellout and their largest home crowd of the
season.

The 10-run win was the largest for either team in the series.
The previous biggest win was the White Sox's 12-3 victory on June
20, 2003.

Garcia (7-3), making his 200th start, struck out eight and
walked one. He retired 12 of the first 13 batters, and threw a
season-low 93 pitches.

"Games like this, I get a little more excited," Garcia said.
"Today, I felt pretty good and pitched my game. Everybody was
happy."

Thomas hit a solo homer in the first to tie Luke Appling's White
Sox record for runs in a career with 1,319. Pierzynski tied his
career high in the fifth with his 11th homer, and Crede hit a
three-run shot in the seventh. Scott Podsednik had a single, three
walks, two runs and two stolen bases.

Sergio Mitre (2-3) allowed seven hits and a season-high seven
runs in 4 2/3 innings, which tied his shortest outing of the year.
Derrek Lee's 11-game hitting streak ended after he went 0-for-3.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker is considering a shakeup in his
pitching staff after watching his team lose its third straight
game. It has allowed 29 runs in that span.

"We've been pondering it every day," Baker said. "It's a
matter of trying to hold on until we get back to having our big
guys (Mark Prior and Kerry Wood)."

Baker said Prior will start Sunday. The right-hander has been on
the disabled list since May 28 with a fracture in his right elbow.

"I didn't miss that much time," Prior said, when asked if his
pitch count would be limited. "I started throwing 10 days after my
injury. I wouldn't come back unless I was ready."

Garcia certainly was ready Friday.

"First inning, first pitch," Pierzynski said, when asked how
quickly he could tell how effective Garcia would be. "You saw it
today. ... He threw hard, worked the ball down. That's what we've
been trying to get him to do all year."

Garcia retired the first seven batters before Todd Hollandsworth
homered to make it 1-all. The Cubs' Jason Dubois hit a solo shot
off Neal Cotts in the eighth inning, long after the Sox had blown
open the game.

The White Sox immediately answered Hollandsworth's homer with
two runs in the third.

Pablo Ozuna and Podsednik led off with singles, and Tadahito
Iguchi gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly to the
warning track in right. After walking Thomas and Paul Konerko to
load the bases, Mitre struck out Aaron Rowand but threw a wild
pitch, allowing Podsednik to score from third to make it 3-1.

With two outs in the fifth and two runs in, Jermaine Dye chased
Mitre with a single to center. Reliever Todd Wellemeyer immediately
threw a wild pitch, allowing Rowand to score from third, and gave
up a two-run homer to Pierzynski to make it 8-1. It's Pierzynski's
third straight season with 11 homers.

"He threw a higher changeup, and I hit it in a good spot,"
Pierzynski said.

Game notes
Thomas moved passed Dave Kingman for 29th place on the
career home run list with his shot in the first, the 443rd of his
career. ... The White Sox are 3-1 against the Cubs this season. ...
The Cubs' Aramis Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 11 games
with a single leading off the fifth. ... White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen didn't understand why Baker was upset with him for saying
that Jon Garland is having a better season than Prior earlier in
the week. Baker claimed that Guillen gets away with inappropriate
comments, and Guillen countered by saying before Friday's game: "I
was making it clear Prior has a chance to be one of the best
pitchers ever to wear that uniform. No matter where I manage, I
will say what I feel. ... If people don't like it, good." ... With
SS Juan Uribe nursing a sore back, Ozuna started his fourth
straight game. Guillen said he's not sure when Uribe will return.