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Bullpen saves win for Humber, White Sox

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LOS ANGELES -- The White Sox and struggling right-hander Philip Humber, aided by four hitless relief innings from the bullpen, survived a six-hit Dodgers blitz in the third inning and held on for a 5-4 victory on Saturday night.

Humber (3-4) wasn't sharp, but he pitched well enough in five innings of work to win for the first time since he defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on May 29.

Humber left with a 5-4 lead and let Hector Santiago, Nate Jones, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed (eighth save) do the rest. The Dodgers did not have a hit after the third inning.

"They shut it down for four-plus,'' manager Robin Ventura said. "Those guys continue to come in and get the job done.''

Alex Rios, a night after hitting two homers and a double, tripled in a run and singled, and Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a bloop single for the Sox (35-30). Alejandro De Aza's fielder's choice grounder scored Ramirez from third and broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth.

The Sox staked Philip Humber to a 4-0 lead against right-hander Chad Billingsley before the Dodgers got all the runs back in the third.

Ramirez's bloop two-run single and Humber's line single to right in the second inning (the first hit of his career), and Rios' triple to deep center in the third made it 4-0 Sox. The Dodgers peppered Humber for six singles in the third, including consecutive RBI hits by Bobby Abreu, A.J. Ellis and James Loney.

De Aza got the lead back for the Sox in the fourth by making contact, and Humber responded with two consecutive scoreless innings to finish his night.

"As long as it's good enough to get a win for the team that's good enough for me,'' Humber said. "I felt like I pitched pretty well.''

Humber allowed nine hits after entering the game with a 1-4 record and 7.50 ERA in his nine starts since throwing his perfect game.

"Fortunately we scored some runs, and I got in on that myself.''

"Phil was not at his best but he came back and found a way through it,'' Ventura said. "It's there.''

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