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D'backs put away Sox early
The White Sox were reduced to some amusement Monday night late in their 8-1 humbling experience against Arizona.
The biggest cheer went to trainer Herm Schneider, who jogged back to the dugout in the eighth inning after right fielder Jermaine Dye bruised his left wrist trying to make a catch.
The venerable Schneider returned to the dugout while coach Joey Cora waved a towel and organist Nancy Faust played a few bars from "Chariots of Fire."
"I was a little tired too," manager Ozzie Guillen said after returning with Schneider.
That was the last entertaining moment for a crowd of 32,952 that saw the Sox absorb their worst home loss of the year.
The debacle started quickly as the Diamondbacks scored once in the first and six times on six consecutive hits in the second inning off starter Jose Contreras, who yielded eight runs in easily his worst outing of the season.
The Sox received a scare in the sixth when designated hitter Frank Thomas had to leave the game after hitting a single down the right-field line. Thomas, who hit a leadoff homer in the fourth, suffered a cramp in his left leg and is unlikely to start Tuesday night.
Dye was hurt while leaping against the right-field wall in an attempt to catch Chris Snyder's drive and stayed on the ground after heaving the ball back to the infield.
But after being examined by Schneider and Guillen, Dye remained in the game.
It was one of the few breaks the Sox received Monday night. They couldn't reach the Diamondbacks' shoddy bullpen as left-hander Shawn Estes pitched his first nine-inning complete game since Sept. 24, 2003, as a member of the Cubs.
Estes didn't show any effects from intestinal problems that forced him to visit the restroom several times between innings.
Contreras (3-3), however, showed the effects of not feeling strong as he yielded four home runs. He hadn't given up more than two home runs in any of his previous 12 starts.
"In the second inning I was going with my fastball, and I think [the Diamondbacks] were looking for it," Contreras said.
The fans were booing Contreras and imploring Guillen to opt for a reliever after Troy Glaus capped the spree with a solo homer. But Guillen had little choice but to stay with Contreras because left-hander Damaso Marte wasn't available because of left biceps soreness.
Contreras saved much of the bullpen by not allowing another hit until Shawn Green launched a homer over the center field fence in the fifth.
"I'm not happy [with the outcome], but at least I gave the bullpen some rest," Contreras said.
Guillen was firmer in his decision to let Contreras pitch through the sixth.
"He gave me an opportunity not to use my bullpen," Guillen said. "A lot of people thought I was crazy [because] I left him in there when he was getting pounded. But our pen was used a lot in San Diego, and Marte wasn't ready to pitch.
"People are going to think it was bad managing by me, but nobody knows my bullpen better than I do. I didn't want to take the chance on using my bullpen, and [Contreras] did a tremendous job by saving them."
Estes (5-4) prevented the Sox from exploiting a Diamondbacks' bullpen with a 6.25 ERA.
"This feels good for three reasons," Estes said. "First, [a complete game] hasn't happened in more than a year. Second, the pen needed a rest. And this does wonders for my confidence."