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Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Yonder  Alonso had  a  two-run homer  and 
Ian  Kennedy  pitched six solid  innings as the  San Diego Padres defeated the 
Chicago White Sox, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game set. 

Alonso  went 3-for-4  and Cameron  Maybin also  homered, while  Chris Denorfia 
and  Carlos  Quentin both  contributed two  hits for the  Padres, who have won 
two of their last three games. 

Kennedy (4-6) surrendered just one run on four hits and struck out nine in the 
first meeting between the two teams since 2005. 

"I  thought velocity  on the fastball was good," Padres manager Bud Black said 
of Kennedy. "I thought he threw a good game, he set the tone." 

Conor  Gillaspie had  two of Chicago's four hits. Starter John Danks (3-5) was 
tagged for two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk across seven 
frames  for  the White Sox, who  entered the contest with a three-game winning 
streak. 

"Made  some  mistakes and got  burned for them,  but all in  all it was a good 
day," Danks said. 

Maybin  stroked a shot to left to lead off the third and give the Padres a 1-0 
lead. 

The White Sox threatened in  the home half. Alejandro  De Aza walked and two 
batters  later,  moved over  to third  on Adam  Eaton's single. Gordon Beckham 
struck  out, however,  and Eaton was caught  trying to steal second to end the 
frame. 

Chicago  did tie  the game  in  the fourth.  Gillaspie singled  and Adam  Dunn 
walked,  with  Gillaspie advancing  to third  on Alexei  Ramirez's fly out and 
racing home on Kennedy's wild pitch. 

Rene Rivera doubled to lead off the fifth for the Padres. He moved up to third 
on  Everth Cabrera's sacrifice bunt and gave San Diego the lead on Danks' wild 
pitch. 

San  Diego added  a pair of insurance  runs in the eighth. Tommy Medica drew a 
one-out  walk  and was  replaced by  pinch-runner Will  Venable, who scored on 
Alonso's blast to right that made it a 4-1 game. 

                                   Game Notes 

Kennedy  has struck  out six or more  batters in six of his last seven outings 
... Gillaspie extended his hitting streak to six games ... San Diego is making 
its  first trip to  U.S. Cellular Field since 2003 ... Quentin has hit in nine 
straight  games ...  Chicago went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and 
left five men on base.

 
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