Angels edge ChiSox with Hunter’s help
Hunter hit a tiebreaking home run off the four-time All-Star, and the Los Angeles
“Buehrle is a guy that goes right after you and he can finish you. It doesn’t matter who you are,” Hunter said. “He changes speeds, and he’s been doing that to me my whole career.
“He threw a cutter in, and I was able to get my hands in. Actually, I guessed wrong. I was looking changeup because he struck me out on a 2-2 changeup my second at-bat. It was 2-2 again, and I said, ‘He’ll throw another one.’ My mind said something else, but my hands said, ‘No.”‘
Hunter drove Buehrle’s 89th pitch into the top level of the double-decker bullpen in left field for his 21st homer, matching last year’s total.
“My fastball didn’t have much velocity today,” said Buehrle, who has won only one of his last 14 regular-season starts against the
The win went to
Kazmir and Buehrle hooked up for the first time since their July 23 showdown at Chicago, when Kazmir was pitching for Tampa Bay and Buehrle beat the
“Anytime you’re facing a guy like Buehrle, especially after what he did to me the last time, you really have to stay focused out there no matter what the score is, no matter what count you’re in and no matter how many people are on base. And that’s what I tried to do,” Kazmir said.
Acquired by the
“I’m not worried about the wins. I mean, that’s going to come,” he said. “I know that when I give up four or five, they’re going to back me up. Today I had a defense behind me that really helped out in situations where it could have gotten out of hand.”
Kazmir threw a career-high 118 pitches over six innings against the
“Kaz showed us something today,”
Buehrle (12-8) gave up three runs – two earned – and five hits in seven innings. The left-hander became the first pitcher in the 109-year history of the
Buehrle had a 2-0 lead before throwing his first pitch thanks to
Izturis, normally a middle infielder, started at third base for the second time this season and batted leadoff for the second time in place of