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The Canadian Press
5/11/2014 6:41:22 PM
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CHICAGO -- Chase Anderson won his major league debut, Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Sunday.

Recalled Tuesday from Double-A Mobile, Anderson (1-0) hadn't seen any action until Sunday and he made his first big league appearance count, at one point retiring 12 consecutive batters. He allowed one run and only two hits in 5 1-3 innings while striking out six, helping Arizona win for the fourth time in five games and secure its third consecutive series for the first time since June 2012.

Anderson, 26, was Arizona's ninth-round selection in the 2009 draft and made it to Triple-A last season before going back to Double-A this year, where he was 4-2 with an 0.69 ERA.

Brad Ziegler threw a perfect eighth to extend his scoreless-outings streak to 18 over 17 1-3 innings.

Anderson was backed by homers from Parra and Montero. Parra's fifth-inning drive off Hector Noesi (0-3) gave Arizona a 3-0 lead, and Montero's with one out in the ninth off Frank Francisco pushed the Diamondbacks' advantage to 5-1.

Parra also started the game with a triple before scoring, extending his streak of getting on base to 18 games. Montero reached five times with two hits, two walks and getting hit by a pitch.

That was more support than the White Sox gave Noesi.

Moises Sierra's solo homer in the sixth got Chicago on the scoreboard, but an offence that had scored 30 runs over the last five games only mustered four hits. Noesi was solid but needed more help, going six innings and allowing three runs and eight hits while throwing 117 pitches.

Noesi also fell behind 1-0 in the first thanks in part to shaky defence.

Parra led off the game with what appeared to be a routine fly to centre, but Alejandro De Aza misjudged it and stumbled before missing the ball, allowing Parra to get to third on what was ruled a triple. Martin Prado's sharp single to right then drove in Parra to give the Diamondbacks an early lead.

Jose Abreu was the White Sox's designated hitter for the third straight day because of a sore left ankle.

Parra then gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead with one out in the fifth on his fourth home run of the season. A.J. Pollock led off with a single, and after Cliff Pennington popped out, Parra lined a Noesi delivery into the right-field bullpen.

Following Abreu's single, Anderson retired 12 straight until Sierra's homer with one out in the sixth cut the Diamondbacks lead to 3-1. Tyler Flowers then walked, and Anderson was replaced by Joe Thatcher.

NOTES: White Sox LHP Chris Sale (left arm) will throw again Thursday. Chicago hasn't decided whether it will be a bullpen session, simulated game or rehab assignment. . Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson appreciates how baseball recognizes Mother's Day. Gibson's sister in-law, Lori Sklarski, died of breast cancer in 2011. He wears a white wristband with the numbers 11-11 written on it in honour of Sklarski's birthday. . White Sox bench coach Mark Parent said OF Adam Eaton (strained right hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment later this week with Triple-A Charlotte and then would "probably" return to the White Sox on Sunday in Houston. Eaton was placed on the disabled list May 3. . White Sox manager Robin Ventura returned to the White Sox for Sunday's game after attending his daughter Rachel's graduation Saturday from Oklahoma State. Parent managed the team Saturday night and addressed the media prior to Sunday's game before Ventura returned.

Chase Anderson  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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