Los Angeles (33-34) at Chicago (45-22)

Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 58° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 19, 2005
  • TV: ESPN
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Jose Contreras attempts to bounce back from his worst outing of the season when the Chicago White Sox try to complete a weekend sweep of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

Contreras was pounded for season highs of eight runs and nine hits over six innings in an 8-1 loss to Arizona on Monday. His ERA rose from 3.13 to 3.81.

“The most frustrating thing was that, in the bullpen, I felt strong and was mixing up my pitches as I usually do,” Contreras said through an interpreter.

“When I was on the mound, I didn’t like the mix of the pitches that I had. That wasn’t my game plan, and that’s why I think I didn’t have as much control.”

The Cuban right-hander fell to 6-2 with a 4.65 ERA in eight career interleague starts. Contreras is facing the Dodgers for the first time.

Chicago rallied from a 3-1 deficit with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-3 win Saturday. A.J. Pierzynski’s two-run homer off Yhency Brazoban capped a four-run rally after Carl Everett and Aaron Rowand each delivered two-out RBI singles.

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was hitless in four at-bats as his season-high 13-game hitting streak came to an end. Konerko had six RBIs over his three previous games.

Los Angeles fell to 0-5 on a 13-game road trip and dropped below .500 for the first time since losing on opening day to San Francisco. Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Dodgers, who have scored a total of 12 runs on the road trip.

The Dodgers received a bit of good news on the right hamstring strain suffered by shortstop Cesar Izturis, who missed his fourth straight game Saturday. Izturis took part in pregame workouts and indicated that he could be in the lineup Sunday.

“There’s a good chance,” Izturis said. “It feels much better.”

Manager Jim Tracy believes Izturis, who is batting a team-high .304, will help the lineup despite being in a 2-for-38 slide.

“His absence has really reared its head in the last several games,” Tracy said.

Los Angeles first baseman Hee Seop Choi is just 1-for-10 over the last three games after homering in four straight contests.

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14-11 Record 15-7
4.22 ERA 3.61
157 K 154
43 BB 75
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