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


”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


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


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