Buehrle ends drought as White Sox beat Red Sox
Buehrle won for the first time since his gem on July 23, ending his eight-start drought by pitching the Chicago
As if he needed a reminder, his teammates let Buehrle know how long it had been.
“A couple of guys joked around and said I got to buy them something like I did on the perfect game and the no-hitter,” Buehrle said. “It’s obviously nice to go out there and score some runs.”
Buehrle (12-7) outpitched
During that long span between wins, Buehrle pitched well at times. He left two games in which the
“I had a couple of bad games in there and I had some good games,” Buehrle said. “Seems lately I’ve been going up against some guys, opposing pitchers doing what they’re supposed to do- hold us to no runs. Anytime you go up against a (CC) Sabathia or a Beckett you got to be on your good game to hold them and give your team a chance.”
Buehrle gave up a first-inning run and then pitched his way out of several jams. Leading 3-1, he gave up a leadoff single to
Beckett, who hasn’t won since Aug. 12, gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings. He retired his final 10 batters and was able to keep the ball in the park, something he’d failed to do in his five previous outings when he surrendered 14 homers.
“I got outpitched. Buehrle did a good job keeping the ball down,” Beckett said. “And the one big inning. That killed me. Whenever you’re going against a guy like him, you can’t have a big inning.”
Kotsay, designated for assignment by the
Kotsay tried to score from first on Quentin’s double into the left-field corner but was thrown out at the plate on a relay from shortstop
“He did a good job. He had different people off balance and we were just one hit away from opening up and getting to him,” Varitek said.
“We just couldn’t square anything up and a lot of that is due to the way he pitches,”
Since he’s not overpowering, Buehrle’s forte is to work quickly and use the edges of the plate. That’s how he was able to escape some of the predicaments Monday. Boston finished with eight runners left on.
“Getting lucky and making pitches,” Buehrle said. “Getting guys to either strike out on high strikes or putting the ball in play and getting a double play or whatever.”