CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Quade was trying to match moves with Ozzie Guillen, but the Chicago Cubs manager seemed to be a step behind his crosstown counterpart in a 4-3 loss Wednesday night.
``In at least two situations, Ozzie had the last move that gave him quote/unquote an advantage,' Quade said.
``Still, we've done some better things here this last seven to 10 days, but now we've got to take it to the next step and start finding a way to win more of these games. Making it easier on ourselves, not being in a 3-2 ballgame every night, or 4-3.'
Jake Peavy returned from the disabled list to get the victory and A.J. Pierzynski had a two-run triple for the White Sox, who won two of three in their home park.
Quade sensed a squeeze play coming with Pierzynski on third with one out in the fourth inning, but Brent Lillibridge laid down a perfect bunt to score the run.
``You're looking to pitch out there on one of the first two or three pitches if you're thinking about doing it,' Quade said. ``We just didn't do it on the first pitch. Didn't really catch me by surprise, just picked the wrong pitch.'
Lillibridge bunted down the first base line, Pierzynski already sliding in safely with the team's third run as Cubs starter Doug Davis fielded the ball.
``That was all Ozzie right there,' Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena said. ``You would think you'd see it more in the National League than you do in the American League, but with Ozzie Guillen, it doesn't matter. His style of play is like that.'
With the help of some strong work by their bullpen, the White Sox held on for the victory and have won 17 straight interleague series.
Peavy (3-1), activated before the game after being sidelined by a groin strain, went 5 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits. He was driven out in the sixth when he gave up Pena's 14th homer and three straight singles that pulled the Cubs within a run.
``There's some things to like, but the final score is not one of them,' Quade said. ``We're playing better, but we're not playing good enough.'
Reliever Chris Sale struck out Koyie Hill before Kosuke Fukudome lined a ball off his glove for a single loading the bases. But the 22-year-old Sale got 21-year-old Starlin Castro on a grounder to third to end the inning.
Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton notched key strikeouts and Sergio Santos pitched the ninth with two strikeouts for his 14th save in 16 chances. Santos has eight strikeouts in 3 1-3 career innings against the Cubs.
``All you can do is chuckle sometimes. That's a very devastating breaking ball right there, one of the best I've seen,' Pena said of Santos' slider. ``He's pitched unbelievable the last couple days.'
Pierzynski drove a two-run triple into right center in the fourth following consecutive singles by Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios. Moments later Pierzynski broke for the plate and scored on Brent Lillibridge's squeeze bunt single, giving the White Sox a 3-0 lead against Davis.
Davis (1-6), who beat the Yankees last week for his first win, allowed eight hits and four runs - three earned - in five innings.
Castro singled home Fukudome, who had hit a two-out double, to pull the Cubs within 3-1 in the fifth.
Pena homered for the third straight game to cut it to 4-2 in the sixth - his fifth homer in the last seven games. One out later, Alfonso Soriano, DeWitt and Jeff Baker singled consecutively to make it 4-3 and drive out Peavy.
The Cubs, who left 10 men on base, threatened again in the eighth but with a runner at third and one out, Crain struck out Hill before Thornton fanned Fukudome to end the inning.
Notes: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau threw out the first pitch. New mayor Rahm Emanuel attended the game. ... Castro had a walk and two more hits and finished the three-game series 6 for 12. ... Soriano had his first stolen base of the season in the fourth. ... The teams play three more games July 1-3 at Wrigley Field. ... Attendance was 35,403.
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