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White Sox 5, Phillies 4 (11 innings): Great escapes lead to Game 1 victory

Jimmy Rollins' error decisive after Ramon Troncoso pitches around gaffe in 10th

Ominous skies delivered late.
Ominous skies delivered late.

The last time the White Sox played a doubleheader, it lasted eight hours.

This one is off to an equally sluggish start, thanks to a 38-minute rain delay in the ninth and two extra innings afterward. Game 1 of the last doubleheader involved the Sox blowing a 5-0 lead en route to a 19-10 drubbing, though, so the leisurely pace is easier to take this time around.

After Nate Jones and Ramon Troncoso stranded runners on third with fewer than two outs in the ninth and 10th innings, the Sox scored a pair runs in the 11th, and both with two outs. Alejandro De Aza smoked a triple to the left-center gap off J.C. Ramirez, setting up some hot Ramirez-on-Ramirez action as Alexei went to the other gap for an RBI double.

J.C. Ramirez then got a grounder to short off Alex Rios' bat, but it handcuffed Jimmy Rollins and squibbed into shallow left field, allowing Alexei Ramirez to score for a key -- and necessary -- insurance run.

Addison Reed, no stranger to turning long games into longer ones this year, gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th on an RBI single by Humberto Quintero. He was able to end the game one batter later, as Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham teamed up for an impressive double play to retire the speedy Ben Revere.

The much-maligned Troncoso picked up the win after picking up a teammate. Adam Dunn let a grounder go under his mitt for an error that put runners on first and third with one out. That brought Sox-killing Delmon Young to the plate, but Troncoso struck him out with a slider for the second out, then induced a groundout to short off the bat of Kevin Frandsen to extend the game.

One inning before Troncoso's escape, Jones got out of a tougher jam. He started the ninth with a pair of singles, and then balked them up a base on a poorly planned pickoff move to second. With nobody out, Jones didn't cave. He got Carlos Ruiz to fly out to left, struck out Laynce Nix, and directed Revere's line drive right to Rios.

It was a great day for the bullpen, as Matt Lindstrom and Donnie Veal preceded the three aforementioned relievers to combine for 4⅔ scoreless innings in relief of John Danks, who pitched well. He survived a rocky start -- needing an outfield assist by the Cuban Relay Team at second to end the first only down 2-0.

He held the Phillies down long enough for the Sox to figure out Jonathan Pettibone toward the end of the second time through the order. The White Sox finally broke through in the fifth, with Alejandro De Aza following singles by Beckham and Josh Phegley and a Danks sac bunt by doubling both runners home, tying the game.

One inning later, Dayan Viciedo doubled after a Dunn leadoff walk to put runners on second and third. Conor Gillaspie drove in Dunn with a sac fly, and Viciedo advanced to third on the play. Phegley failed to cash in the run, and Danks couldn't overcome the odds for an RBI himself. Pettibone worked out the jam down just 3-2.

That stranded runner turned out to be costly, as Darin Ruf blasted a changeup over the center field fence in the seventh to tie the game, turning a long day into a longer night.

Hector Santiago will start the second game. The last time that happened in a doubleheader, Casper Wells closed it out. Considering five relievers were used in the first game, we might just see Wells pitch again.

Record: 37-53 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights