Chicago Cubs’ Juan Pierre (L) is tagged out at home plate by Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (R) during the seventh inning of an intercity game Friday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Pierre tried to score from third when the Cubs’ Todd Walker reached on a fielder’s choice, and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko threw home. (AP photo).

CHICAGO (AP) — Juan Uribe homered and had five RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Friday after the two central combatants in a brawl earlier this season chatted and shook hands.

Cubs catcher Michael Barrett apparently apologized to A.J. Pierzynski in the outfield before the game and the two were seen shaking hands. Barrett punched Pierzynski in the jaw after the White Sox catcher ran him over at the plate on May 20. Barrett returned Friday from the resulting 10-game suspension.

“As far as both of us are concerned, it’s over with and hopefully we can move on,” Pierzynski told two Chicago reporters without giving details of the conversation. “It takes a man to come up and say what he said, and that’s it.”

There was no carry-over from the first intercity series six weeks ago. Pierzynski, booed loudly most of the day at Wrigley Field, did get hit near the elbow with a pitch — a curveball — by Sean Marshall in the fifth inning. He also had two singles.

And he was in the middle of a key play when the White Sox cut down a run in the seventh after Juan Pierre tripled. Todd Walker hit a bouncer to first baseman Paul Konerko, whose throw to Pierzynski got the sliding Pierre in a close play.

Uribe had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the first, a run-scoring double in the third and a two-run homer off reliever Roberto Novoa in the eighth.

The White Sox jumped on Marshall (4-7) for three first-inning runs but the Cubs got two back in the bottom half against Jon Garland (7-3), who went six innings for the win. He allowed seven hits and two runs.

Pablo Ozuna led off with a single before leaving the game after he hurt his hamstring running to third on a bloop base hit by Konerko. Jermaine Dye hit an RBI single off Ronny Cedeno’s glove at short and Pierzynski also singled to load the bases. Uribe delivered a two-run single to make it 3-0.

Pierre singled, stole second, moved up on a fly ball, and after a walk to Derrek Lee scored on Aramis Ramirez’s bloop single. Jacque Jones followed with another single and stole second, giving the Cubs second and third with one out. Garland got Phil Nevin on a hard grounder to third and retired Barrett on a bouncer to second.

Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Joe Crede and Uribe made it 4-2 in the third.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen looked a bit like a politician before the game as he made his way around the batting cage, shaking hands and embracing Cubs manager Dusty Baker and several of his players.

Finally he approached Barrett, chatted with him briefly, gave him a pat on the shoulder and shook his hand. Barrett played with the Montreal Expos when Guillen was a coach with the team.

“I know what type of kid he is. Like I said before he overreacted, the league did what it was supposed to do and we have to move on,” Guillen said. “It’s way behind us.”

Barrett went 1-for-4 in his first game back.

“It’s definitely a lot of time to reflect,” Barrett said before the game. “I guess I had a lot of time to try to put it behind me, which is one good thing.”

Pierzynski spent part of his morning on a conference call with Major League Baseball in which he appealed his $2,000 fine. He said earlier he was fined for inciting the crowd by waving his hands as he went back to the dugout after he’d been punched by Barrett.


A moment of silence was held before the game for Northwestern football coach Randy Walker, who died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack. ... The White Sox lead the series 28-24 and are 12-13 at Wrigley Field. ... The White Sox have won 12 of 14 overall. The Cubs have lost 7 of 8.

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