CHICAGO – Aramis Ramirez hit the fifth grand slam of his career, Greg Maddux allowed two runs in six innings, and the Chicago Cubs stopped the White Sox’s eight-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory on Saturday.

Maddux (7-4) scattered five hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter. With his 312th win, he moved past Tom Seaver into sole possession of 17th place on the career list.

Jose Contreras (3-4) allowed six runs, eight hits, two wild pitches and a career-high three hit batters in 6 1-3 innings.

Ramirez gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead in the first with the fifth grand slam of his career, and Derrek Lee, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Todd Walker added two hits apiece.

Left-fielder Todd Hollandsworth robbed Joe Crede of a two-run homer in the second after Carl Everett and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back shots. Scott Podsednik had two doubles for the White Sox.

After Corey Patterson led off the game with a bunt single, Contreras hit Neifi Perez and, with one out, threw a wild pitch before a walk to Jeromy Burnitz loaded the bases.

Ramirez’s slam was his first since July 22, 2004, against Cincinnati. His 17th homer of the season also extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Everett led off the second with his 11th homer. Jermaine Dye followed with his 15th homer, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 4-2. It was the fifth time this season the White Sox hit consecutive homers.

After Perez booted A.J. Pierzynski’s slow roller to short, Hollandsworth preserved the lead by robbing Crede.

The Cubs added a run in the fourth when Hairston scored from third on a grounder, and another in the seventh on Walker’s RBI single.

Notes: The Cubs optioned RHP Todd Wellemeyer to Triple-A Iowa and recalled RHP Roberto Novoa before Saturday’s game. This will be the third stint this season with the Cubs for Novoa, who is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in eight relief appearances. Wellemeyer, who allowed five runs 2 1-3 innings of relief Friday, was 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in two stints with the Cubs. … Maddux needs two wins to tie Gaylord Perry for 16th place. … Pablo Ozuna started his fifth straight game at shortstop for the White Sox, with Juan Uribe nursing a sore back. … The back-to-back homers by Everett and Dye were the first for the White Sox since June 8, when Joe Crede and Frank Thomas hit consecutive shots against Colorado.

AP-ES-06-25-05 1859EDT


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