Torres Tallies First Major League Victory

CHICAGO, Ill. - Former Kansas State and current Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Torres earned his first major league victory Thursday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

A 15th-round draft pick by the White Sox in 2004, Torres was brilliant in his third major league start as he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The right-hander threw a career-best 98 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

Torres received help from White Sox's outfielder DeWayne Wise in a close ballgame in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Cubs had Jeff Fox at second base with one out. Cubs second baseman Jeff Backer singled through the infield to Wise, who came up throwing and gunned down Fox at the plate. Torres then proceeded to strike out Koyie Hill to end the inning, the final batter he would face.

The White Sox scored a pair of runs in both the eighth and ninth to give Torres his first win.

Torres became the first Wildcat to win a major league game since Ted Power went 2-2 with Seattle in 1993.

Torres, who was called up by the White Sox for the third time this season on Tuesday, lowered his ERA from 6.75 to 3.86 after the outing. The right-hander has now allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits in 16.1 innings in his three starts, while allowing nine walks and striking out 14.