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Koehler stays in game after getting hit by liner

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2013 at 12:43 am •  Published: May 25, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — Despite getting hit by a line drive, Marlins starter Tom Koehler remained in the game on Friday.

Jeff Keppinger's line drive struck him on the back of his right shoulder in the third inning.

It brought back memories for Koehler of a 2005 game when he was making his first start as a freshman at Stony Brook and got hit in the head by a line drive.

Koehler said that injury forced him to have 10 stitches and fluid drained from his right ear. On Friday, the injury didn't knock him from the game.

"Any time it's the back like that you realize it's pretty close to taking one off the face," Koehler said. "You kind of more gather yourself to make the next pitch than you really do to shake off the pain of getting hit in the shoulder."

The injury didn't stop Koehler from having his third straight strong start. He worked six innings and allowed three runs and six hits while striking out three.

Keppinger's RBI single in the 11th inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win over the Marlins.

He is still looking for his first win in the major leagues.

Manager Mike Redmond liked what he saw from Koehler.

"He was fine. It didn't tighten up on him or anything, but I thought he did a really good job," Redmond said. "He looked good. He looked sharp."

The same couldn't be said for the Marlins offense.

Facing John Danks, who was making his first start of the season, the lineup struggled. Miami grounded into double plays to end the sixth, seventh and 10th innings.

"We continue to give ourselves opportunities to score but we can't score. That's just where we're at," Redmond said. "I mean we've been watching this all year. It's frustrating. It's frustrating because we get guys in situations and we're not able to drive a runner in."

Keppinger did that for the White Sox in the 11th inning.

Paul Konerko started the rally with a one-out single. Pinch runner Tyler Greene moved to third when Dayan Viciedo singled off the glove of second baseman Derek Dietrich.

After Ryan Webb (1-2) intentionally walked Conor Gillaspie, Keppinger singled to left field.

"That's the best feeling in baseball," Keppinger said. "You want to be that guy that can come through at the end of the game and put your team on top."

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