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Ramirez Homers as White Sox Beat Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) -- Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox opened their weekend series against the crosstown Cubs with a 6-4 victory on Friday.

Ramirez connected in the seventh and Juan Pierre added a two-run triple in the inning, turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead and sending the White Sox to their third straight win.

The Cubs came up short again in their quest to win three straight after pulling out dramatic victories the previous two days against San Francisco. They remain the only team in the majors without a three-game winning streak. Just when it appeared they might get one, it slipped away.

They were leading 4-2 after Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th homer -- a solo shot -- in the sixth off Edwin Jackson (5-6), but the White Sox immediately responded in a big way against Randy Wells (1-3).

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