PHILADELPHIA – Alexei Ramirez watched the Chicago White Sox bullpen escape trouble and delivered when he got his chance.
Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to lift Chicago over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
After a 41-minute rain delay following the top of the ninth, White Sox righty Nate Jones escaped a no-out, second-and-third jam in the bottom half. Ramon Troncoso (1-2) then left the winning run on third in the 10th.
The last few innings, guys were hanging by the skin of their teeth, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked out.
The teams were forced to play two after Friday night’s interleague game was rained out. John Lannan faces Chicago’s Hector Santiago in the nightcap, which was pushed back 30 minutes.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-out triple off J.C. Ramirez (0-1) in the 11th and Ramirez followed with a liner to right-center for his fourth hit. Ramirez then scored when shortstop Jimmy Rollins booted Alex Rios’ grounder for an error.
Ramirez has been swinging the ball well, being aggressive, Ventura said.
The Phillies fell to 3-10 when they have a chance to move to .500. They won consecutive series over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, and took three of four from defending NL East champion Washington.
But the inability to hit a sacrifice fly cost Philadelphia against the White Sox, who entered with the third-worst record in the majors.
We had some golden chances, manager Charlie Manuel said. All we had to do was hit the ball and couldn’t do it. The game was sitting there for us.
Jones balked runners to second and third in the ninth before retiring Carlos Ruiz on a shallow fly, striking out pinch-hitter Laynce Nix and getting Ben Revere on a hard liner to right.
The Phillies had runners on first and third with one out in the 10th, but Troncoso fanned Delmon Young and Kevin Frandsen grounded out. We just needed to hit a ball somewhere, make a fielder move, Manuel said.
Addison Reed pitched the 11th for his 24th save in 28 tries.