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Konerko homers but White Sox fall 4-3 to D-backs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm •  Published: May 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko's first home run of the season wasn't enough to lift the Chicago White Sox to victory.

After winning five of six, the White Sox, leading the American League in runs scored, were shut down by Arizona Diamondbacks' starter Wade Miley 4-3 Saturday night.

But it went down to the final out with Konerko at the plate, but he couldn't duplicate his success from earlier in the game, grounding out with the tying run on second.

Konerko, who is playing part time in his 18th and final season, hit a two-run line drive over the left field fence to bring Chicago to within 3-2 in the fifth. It was his 435th homer of his career, moving him past Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 43rd on the career list.

"When you're not playing as much, you kind of want to try and get as much as you can out of one game," Konerko said after his eighth start of the season. "It was a real good swing. I was happy with it," Konerko added.

As Konerko rounded the bases, the fans began the "Pauly chant.

"That was really good," White Sox acting manager Mark Parent said. "The fans really appreciated it and I know we do."

He was playing first base for Jose Abreu, who is nursing an ankle injury while hitting in the DH spot. Abreu had a rare off night at the plate, going 0-4 with three strikeouts. Chicago left only three men on base, as they had few scoring opportunities.

"I wasn't going to let him (Abreu) beat us," Miley said. "We pitched him like it was 0-2 from the start. We were able to get him to swing at some breaking balls down."

This marks the 14th time that the White Sox (19-19) have hit the .500 mark. They have been no more than three games under and two games over the break-even point.

Miley pitched seven strong innings and Cody Ross had three hits.

Miley (3-3) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk. His only mistake came on an 0-1 pitch to Konerko.

Former White Sox closer Addison Reed flirted with disaster in his first meeting against his former team before getting his 11th save in 12 chances. Reed, who was traded to the Diamondbacks from the White Sox in the offseason, gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie, who ended up scoring on Alexei Ramirez's two-out single. Ramirez stole second but was stranded after Reed got Konerko to bounce out to second.

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