Despite another stressful performance by the Chicago White Sox's offense, they received contributions in other departments to compensate for the fact they scored three runs or fewer for the fourth consecutive game.

Gordon Beckham, who went 0-for-3 that dropped his batting average to .226, quickly started a double play with the bases loaded that helped the Sox get out of a jam in the eighth inning.

"I think that was the key right there," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The play Gordon and (shortstop Alexei) Ramirez make, I think that lifted the team. That's a hell of a play in a great situation. (Reliever) Brian Bruney turned the double play, but I think the play by Beckham was outstanding."

Pierzynski hit an RBI double to cap a two-run fourth, but he also grounded into his team-leading 14th double play to end the second inning.