Derek Lowe pitched seven innings of shut out baseball Thursday against the White Sox. Photo Courtesy of Tim Evearitt

Late Home Run Downs Braves

Paul Konerko‘s hit an eighth inning home run off of Takashi Saito gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead and eventual victory and series sweep over the Atlanta Braves. Derek Lowe matched White Sox starter pitch for pitch in what was an outstanding pitchers duel.

Lowe pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball while allowing no runs. Gavin Floyd was even better pitching seven scoreless but allowing the Braves only two hits.

The game remained scoreless until Konerko’s blast in the eighth gave the White Sox the lead for good. J.J. Putz and Bobby Jenks each pitched a scoreless frame to close out the Braves.

Chipper Jones and Eric Hinske were the only Braves to garner base hits.

The series sweep has the Braves in a three game losing streak and clinging to a half a game lead in the National League East over the New York Mets. The Braves return home tonight to begin a three game series with the Detroit Tigers. Kris Medlen will get the start for the Braves.

Rk Tm W L W-L% GB Strk
1 ATL 42 31 .575 L 3
2 NYM 41 31 .569 0.5 L 1
3 PHI 38 32 .543 2.5 W 3
4 FLA 35 37 .486 6.5 L 1
5 WSN 33 40 .452 9.0 L 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/25/2010.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Chicago White Sox Chipper Jones Derek Lowe Paul Konerko Takashi Saito

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