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Chisox outslug Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Hammerin’ Hank had to like this one.

Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game started by paying tribute Saturday to those who have worked for equality, including former home run king Hank Aaron. The White Sox took it from there, with Alexei Ramirez hitting the last of four Chicago homers for a 10-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

What started with history became all about homers.

Chicago overcame a five-run deficit by scoring its first eight runs off homers. Ramirez’s three-run shot off Nick Masset broke a 5-all tie in the sixth. The shortstop had four hits and drove in four runs overall.

Daniel Ray Herrera (1-3) set up Chicago’s go-ahead rally by giving up a double and a walk in the sixth. D.J. Carrasco (2-0) got the victory with two innings in relief of Clayton Richard, who failed to make it past the third inning.

Bobby Jenks gave up a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the ninth before getting his 16th save in 18 chances.

With an array of Hall of Famers watching, every White Sox starter got at least one hit.

Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer, and Scott Podsednik and A.J. Pierzynski added solo shots off Johnny Cueto, who tied his career high by giving up three homers in less than five innings.

For the first time, Major League Baseball held its Civil Rights Game as part of the regular season. Aaron, boxer Muhammad Ali and entertainer Bill Cosby received awards at a luncheon on Saturday, and were honored again on the field before a ceremonial first pitch — Hall of Famer Frank Robinson tossing to Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

Even the uniforms were reminders of the past. The teams dressed in their 1964 outfits, spotlighting the year that the Civil Rights Act was passed outlawing discrimination. The White Sox dressed in all-blue jerseys and pants. The Reds had vest-style jerseys featuring large numbers on the back with the players’ names below.

In their throwback jerseys, the White Sox did their best to throw one away. They committed four errors, offset by the same number of homers.

Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati, which couldn’t keep up once Chicago’s lineup got into the swing. The teams combined for six homers in all.

Saturday’s Game

White Sox 10, Reds 8

Chicago (AL) Cincinnati

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Pdsdnk lf 4 2 3 2 Tavers cf 5 2 3 0

AlRmrz ss 5 1 4 4 HrstnJr ss 3 1 0 1

Przyns c 5 1 1 1 BPhllps 2b 4 3 2 0

Konerk 1b 5 0 1 0 Richar 2b 0 0 0 0

BrAndr cf 4 1 2 0 Gomes lf 2 1 1 2

Getz 2b 5 1 1 0 Masset p 0 0 0 0

Bckhm 3b 4 2 1 3 WCastll ph 1 0 1 1

Wise rf 4 2 2 0 Rhodes p 0 0 0 0

Richrd p 1 0 0 0 Burton p 0 0 0 0

Fields ph 1 0 0 0 L.Nix ph 1 0 0 0

Carrsc p 0 0 0 0 RHrndz 1b 4 0 1 1

Dye ph 1 0 0 0 Bruce rf 5 1 2 1

Dotel p 0 0 0 0 Hanign c 5 0 2 0

Thrntn p 0 0 0 0 ARosls 3b 5 0 0 0

Thome ph 1 0 0 0 Cueto p 2 0 0 0

Linernk p 0 0 0 0 Herrer p 0 0 0 0

J.Nix ph 1 0 0 0 Dickrsn lf 2 0 2 0

Jenks p 0 0 0 0

Totals 41 10 15 10 Totals 39 8 14 6

Chicago (AL) 000 323 020 — 10

Cincinnati 203 000 201 — 8

E—Pierzynski (4), Bri.Anderson (2), Getz (6), Richard (2), Rhodes (1). LOB—Chicago 8, Cincinnati 9. 2B—Al.Ramirez (7), Wise (1), Bruce (8), Dickerson (6). HR—Podsednik (2), Al.Ramirez (8), Pierzynski (7), Beckham (1), Gomes (2), Bruce (17). SB—Taveras (14), Hairston Jr. (6), B.Phillips 2 (10), Dickerson (4). CS—Al.Ramirez (3), Hairston Jr. (2). S—Wise. SF—Hairston Jr.

IP H R ER BB SO

Chicago (AL)

Richard 3 6 5 3 1 4

Carrasco W,2-0 2 0 0 0 2 0

Dotel H,9 1 3 2 1 1 0

Thornton H,11 1 2 0 0 0 1

Linebrink H,4 1 1 0 0 0 1

Jenks S,16-18 1 2 1 1 0 3

Cincinnati

Cueto 4 2-3 10 5 5 0 4

Herrera L,1-3 1 1 2 2 1 0

Masset 1 1-3 1 1 1 0 0

Rhodes 1-3 1 2 1 1 1

Burton 1 2-3 2 0 0 0 2

Dotel pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. HBP—by Burton (Bri.Anderson). WP—Carrasco. Umpires—Home, John Hirschbeck; First, Wally Bell; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Chad Fairchild. T—3:39. A—42,234 (42,319).