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White Sox 7, Cubs 5

MESA, Ariz. -- After rallying late for a tie Sunday, the Chicago Cubs fell to the Chicago White Sox 7-5 for their seventh defeat in their last eight games.

The good: Casey Coleman isn’t in the starting rotation derby, but he still delivered an impressive outing Sunday. The right-hander went three scoreless innings to start the game, giving up two hits with three strikeouts. He is alive for one of the number of spots available in the bullpen.

The bad: Andy Sonnanstine struggled for the second consecutive outing, giving up five runs to the White Sox in the sixth inning. The White Sox then loaded the bases off Sonnanstine in the following inning, but he got out of it unscathed thanks to a key double play. Once considered a long shot for the rotation, Sonnanstine has work to do to land a bullpen role.

Outside the box: Setup man Kerry Wood preceded closer Carlos Marmol in the middle innings with both of them throwing a scoreless inning. Wood gave up two hits but got a double-play grounder to end his outing. Marmol walked a batter during his outing. Wood was coming back after giving up four runs in his last outing against the Diamondbacks. Marmol now has back-to-back scoreless outings after giving up a combined seven runs in his previous two outings.

Up next: Cubs left-hander Travis Wood (1-1, 20.25 ERA) will face off against Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas (0-1, 5.63) in a 3:05 p.m. CST time start at Peoria. Randy Wells (0-0, 0.00) will start in a “B” game against the Indians at Goodyear.