- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jeff Samardzija and a leaky defense dug the White Sox a huge hole. When Chicago finally tied it late, the bullpen let them down, too.

The majors’ worst road team dropped to 2-12 away from Chicago this season after falling behind by six runs, rallying to tie it at 7 then finally falling apart again in a 10-7 loss on Monday night.

“We need to play like we’re at home, play with a lot of energy,” said Samardzija, who was shelled for eight hits and five earned runs in six innings. “I thought we battled today. Things didn’t go our way in the end, but I think you saw a lot of fight in this team.”

Samardzija struggled in the first inning for his third straight start, but his defense provided him no help early.

Second baseman Micah Johnson unable to corral a sharp liner to start the game by Gerardo Parra that was scored a single and shortstop Alexei Ramirez bobbled an easy grounder by Ryan Braun for an error. Adam Lind’s RBI groundout and Carlos Gomez’s two-run homer gave Milwaukee a quick 3-0 lead.

“When you start out that way and you can’t catch it, it just makes it tougher on the pitching,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Then the pitcher is trying to make up for it by trying to do a little too much. We obviously have to be better than that.”

They were.

Down 6-0, Chicago rallied for two runs in the fifth off Geovany Soto’s home run, three in the seventh and two more in the eighth to tie it at 7.

But with two on and two outs in the eighth, Melky Cabrera hit a drive off Jonathan Broxton (1-0) to center field that Gomez tracked down with an over-the-shoulder catch that saved the go-ahead runs.

“I felt it was going to be a good base hit for us,” Cabrera said through a translator. “He’s a good defender, he showed why he was one of the best in the game.”

Said Gomez: “That’s how you win games, make a big play.”

Milwaukee wasn’t done. Elian Herrera followed in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer and Khris Davis added a solo shot off White Sox reliever Zach Duke (1-2) to put the Brewers ahead for good.

Francisco Rodriguez picked up his seventh save.


Milwaukee built its big, early lead behind Gomez, who homered and tripled in his first game this season as the cleanup hitter. Gomez proved he was over a sore hip that bothered him last week by tripling to the right-field corner in the fifth.

What followed was a play that looked like it was straight out of a Little League game.

Avisail Garcia’s errant throw bounced into short left-center. A hustling Gomez beat charging left fielder Cabrera’s throw home on a call that stood after replay review for a five-run lead.


White Sox: Pitcher Hector Noesi pitched to the final batter in the bottom of the eighth in his first appearance since leaving Saturday’s start against Cincinnati in the second inning with a back injury. With the pitching staff taxed because of a weekend doubleheader and the suspension of Chris Sale, Ventura said he hoped to have his rotation sorted out by Wednesday for the series in Oakland starting Friday.

Brewers: Tests on Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s sore lower back revealed just a muscle strain, and the veteran said he hopes he won’t need a trip to the disabled list. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Ramirez was day to day.


White Sox: Sale (2-1) returned to the team on Monday following a five-game suspension for his role in an on-field scrum on April 23 between Chicago and Kansas City. He is 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his career in interleague play.

Brewers: Mike Fiers (1-4) has 20 strikeouts in his last two starts, against the Cubs and Dodgers. But he gave up five earned runs in five innings in his last outing, May 7 against Los Angeles.

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