White Sox 7, Brewers 2

The Chicago White Sox are planning to use Hector Santiago in
long relief at the beginning of the season, and the left-hander
sure looks ready to go.

Santiago pitched three perfect innings and the White Sox allowed
just three hits in a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on
Friday night.

Matt Lindstrom yielded a two-run homer to Ryan Braun in the
fourth, but five relievers then closed it out for Chicago. Donnie
Veal, Nate Jones and Addison Reed each pitched a hitless
inning.

”It feels good to be on the pitching staff with the arms we
have,” Lindstrom said. ”We’re busting our butts and doing what we
can to put up zeroes.”

Lindstrom said Santiago throws five different pitches.

”When he’s commanding them, he can be really tough,” Lindstrom
said.

Adam Dunn went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the White Sox, who
finished with 12 hits. Jeff Keppinger and Paul Konerko each drove
in a run.

Braun hit a one-out drive to left after Norichika Aoki reached
on an error on shortstop Alexei Ramirez leading off the inning.

”Unfortunately, I didn’t get that ball in far enough on Braunie
tonight,” Lindstrom said. ”He’s a pretty good hitter, you
know.”

Wily Peralta, Milwaukee’s third starter, allowed four runs, two
earned, and four hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and
walked three.

”I’m making good pitches. My slider was better today than it
was earlier this spring,” he said. ”I’m ready to go.”

Jesse Crain pitched the fifth inning for the White Sox in his
third appearance in the last five days, strengthening his case for
a spot on the opening-day roster. If he feels good after this final
test, he’s set. If not, he probably will begin the year on the
15-day disabled list.

Crain pitched in only three games this spring due to a strained
right adductor.

White Sox right fielder Alex Rios went 1 for 2 with two walks
and scored two runs. He returned to the starting lineup after being
sidelined by a sore lower back.

Bryan Anderson hit a solo homer in the ninth for Chicago.

NOTES: Miller Park’s high-definition scoreboard turned white as
the Brewers came to bat in the bottom of the first. It finally
became black after a short delay and came back up as the Brewers
came to bat in the bottom of the second. White Sox starter Hector
Santiago stayed warm by throwing extra pitches. … Ramirez was
back after he bruised his right shoulder in Wednesday’s 5-4 win
over the Cleveland Indians when Daisuke Matsuzaka hit him with a
pitch.