White Sox Win in 13 Innings On Podsednik's Two-Out Line Drive Over L.A.

Rory BarnettContributor IJune 25, 2009

CHICAGO - JUNE 17:  Scott Podsednik #22 of the Chicago White Sox slides to a base against the Chicago Cubs on June 17, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5, Thursday afternoon in Chicago. Scott Podsednik knocked in the winning run in the 13th inning against Jeff Weaver with the bases loaded. The loss gave the Dodgers their first defeated road series in almost two months.

Weaver (4-2) retired the last two batters with the bases loaded, but Podsednik stepped up to the plate then slabbed a line drive towards center field on a 2-2 count to decide the game. The RBI single snapped his 0-for-15 hitting slump.

Weaver allowed two singles by A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko to open the 13th, then intentionally walked Chris Getz to load the bases. Pierzynski went 2-for-6 with three RBI and one home run.

Orlando Hudson and Mark Loretta both drove in two RBI for the Dodgers in the fifth inning. Chad Billingsley was looking to become the NL's first 10-game winner, but faltered at the bottom of the inning.

Konerko knocked out his third straight home run in as many games, DeWayne Wise added an RBI-triple and Pierzynski put the White Sox ahead with a three-run homer. Billingsley ended up giving up a season-high five earned runs in six innings.

The Dodgers rallied in the seventh and tied the game at 5-5 when Russell Martin scored on single by Casey Blake. Middle reliever Ramon Troncoso pitched the eighth and ninth, allowing no runs and no hits with one strikeout.

The White Sox improved to 35-37 and the Dodgers fell to 47-26, which is still the best record in baseball.