Eighth-inning outburst lifts Padres

Eighth-inning outburst lifts Padres

PADRES 12, WHITE SOX 3
at Peoria, Ariz.
Sunday, March 9

Padres at the plate: Kevin Kouzmanoff hit his first home run this spring, a two-run shot off White Sox starter Jose Contreras in the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez, who had two hits, had an RBI single in the fifth inning which was followed by RBI singles from Josh Bard and Paul McAnulty. Luis Rodriguez had two hits.

White Sox at the plate: Leadoff hitter Pablo Ozuna continued his strong spring with two singles off Padres starting pitcher Randy Wolf. Brad Eldred, who hit a game-winning home run Saturday in Tucson, hit a solo shot in the fourth inning. Paul Phillips added two hits. Josh Fields knocked in a run.

Padres on the mound: Wolf, who didn't make it out of the first inning in his first two starts this spring, allowed two runs on five hits over three innings with five strikeouts, all while showing improved command. He had two wild pitches, one directly leading to a run. Wade LeBlanc allowed the home run, but otherwise looked good in three innings. Cla Meredith and Joe Thatcher also tossed scoreless innings.

White Sox on the mound: Contreras overcame a rough start, allowing two runs in the first inning, to toss four innings, allowing four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Reliever Octavio Dotel didn't fare as well, allowing three runs on four hits over his one inning of work. Tomo Ohka walked one in throwing a scoreless inning.

Cactus League records: Padres 7-3, White Sox 6-8

Up next: Justin Germano gets the start on Monday against the Texas Rangers at the Peoria Sports Complex at 7:05 p.m.. This will be Germano's last Cactus League start before he heads to China with a Padres contingent on Tuesday. Germano, in the mix for the vacant No. 5 starter spot in the rotation, is scheduled to start a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Beijing.

Mark Buehrle gets the start for the White Sox at 3:05 p.m. CT on Monday in Tucson.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.