LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tom Gorzelanny proved he could pitch out of a jam, even though it was one of his own creation.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound left-hander held the Chicago White Sox to no hits over the first three innings of the Cubs' 6-5 victory Friday night.
Gorzelanny, who joined the team last season, left after three innings with the Cubs leading 3-1. That caused mixed reviews of a pitcher who is trying to secure the Cubs' fourth or fifth starter spot.
"You like seeing the no hits, but you don't like to see the one run," Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell said. Trammell managed the split-squad Cubs in place of manager Lou Piniella, who didn't accompany the team to Las Vegas.
"But you have to trust your stuff," Trammell said, "and he had good stuff tonight."
Gorzelanny's wild pitch with the bases loaded in the second allowed Andruw Jones to score and trim the Cubs' lead to 2-1. Gorzelanny walked the bases loaded but also struck out the side in the inning. He ended with four strikeouts, three walks and an earned run over three innings, throwing 52 pitches — 30 for strikes.
"I felt good," Gorzelanny said. "I felt like I was able to get good work in. Everything felt well out of my hand. Everything out there I felt comfortable with.
"Obviously, the (second) inning wasn't the way I wanted it to go. I can take a lot from that inning and be able to know that (I got) into that situation and (was) able to get out of it. I worked my way out of it, so that was a positive.
"The first and third inning, it was good. It was bad to have that (second) inning but good to get out of it. And it was good to bounce back with a good third. It was a good outing."
The Cubs won the game on Josh Vitters' two-run triple in the seventh inning that put them ahead to stay.
Vitters' hit gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead and he scored on Mike Fontenot's single to stretch the lead to two runs. Fontenot finished with three hits and two RBIs.
Alejandro De Aza's second RBI single pulled the White Sox within one in the eighth.
The White Sox scored three runs in the sixth — capped by De Aza's first RBI single — to take a 4-3 lead, their only advantage of the game.