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Braun homers, but 'pen struggles in defeat

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CHICAGO -- Early on, it looked as if the Brewers' recent success would continue, but the White Sox took advantage of shaky pitching and sloppy fielding to rally for eight unanswered runs in an 8-3 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Chase Anderson was inconsistent, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. But the right-hander might have fared better with a little help defensively.

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CHICAGO -- Early on, it looked as if the Brewers' recent success would continue, but the White Sox took advantage of shaky pitching and sloppy fielding to rally for eight unanswered runs in an 8-3 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Chase Anderson was inconsistent, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. But the right-hander might have fared better with a little help defensively.

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The Brewers entered having won five of six and just completed an 8-2 homestand. Ryan Braun's two-run homer in the first inning off Hector Santiago got Milwaukee off to a promising start, and the Brewers were up 3-0 in the third.

"Our chances were in the first three innings," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We had runners on base. We had chances the first three innings to get that next hit, and it just didn't happen."

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Anderson rolled through the first two innings, but he immediately ran into trouble in the third. Charlie Tilson's single scored Adam Engel. Travis Shaw then fielded Trayce Thompson's ground ball cleanly, but his throw to first base sailed past Braun and into the dugout, which scored Tilson and sent Thompson to second. Yoan Moncada followed with a single to center to drive in Thompson and tie the score at 3.

"I wish I could have picked up [Shaw] on that error," Anderson said. "He doesn't ever make that."

Anderson retired two in the sixth, before a Jose Abreu single ended his night. Boone Logan walked the White Sox DH to put two runners on. Matt Albers then was brought in and Tim Anderson greeted him with a line drive to left. Christian Yelich charged in but couldn't make the catch. The ball hit about a foot in front of him and rolled past him. Both runners scored and Anderson was credited with a two-run triple for a 5-3 White Sox lead.

"I went after it like I was trying to catch the ball," Yelich said. "I kind of got caught in no man's land."

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Omar Narvaez followed with an RBI single to plate Anderson and make it 6-3. The White Sox added a pair of runs in the seventh to stretch the lead to 8-3.

SOUND SMART
Although the Brewers and White Sox rarely face each other these days, this was not Anderson's first start at Guaranteed Rate Field. He made his Major League debut in the ballpark on May 11, 2014, with the D-backs. He allowed one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings to get the win in a 5-1 victory.

HE SAID IT
"In the sixth, we couldn't get that last out." -- Counsell, on the White Sox rallying for three runs after the first two batters were retired

UP NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin looks to bounce back from a rough outing in his last start when the Brewers face the White Sox in a 1:10 p.m. CT start on Saturday. The right-hander allowed five runs on eight hits on Sunday against the Mets, but he received a no-decision in the Brewers' 8-7 comeback win. Right-hander James Shields pitches for the White Sox, still looking for his first win since Opening Day.

John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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