White Sox 6, Orioles 2
The accolades continue to pile up for Mark Buehrle. Not bad for
a guy who was drafted in the 38th round.
Paul Konerko homered twice and Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 scoreless
innings for his 150th career victory to lead the Chicago White Sox
to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Konerko hit a two-run home run and a solo shot for the White
Sox, who ended a five-game skid with their fourth win in 19 games.
Chicago also avoided a four-game sweep by Baltimore.
Juan Pierre had an RBI single along with a diving catch in the
outfield and Alex Rios added a solo homer to help the White Sox end
a seven-game home skid with their first win at U.S. Cellular Field
since April 12.
Buehrle (2-3) scattered eight hits, walked four and struck out
four to win for the first time since Opening Day.
The 32-year old left-hander, who was drafted by the White Sox in
1998, already has World Series ring, a perfect game and a no-hitter
on his resume.
”I don’t know if it is a good or bad thing. The one good is
obviously I’ve been around the league long enough and it’s bad
because I’m getting older,” Buehrle said. ”Everybody is joking
around saying 10 1/2 to 11 years to get to 300, but I don’t think
that is going to happen. It’s just a round number. I don’t know if
I’m downplaying it more than everybody else, everybody is
congratulating me, Ozzie (Guillen) gave me a bottle of champagne.
There are all round numbers, but it is 150 more than I ever dreamed
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (1-4) allowed four runs and five
hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two, remaining
winless since Opening Day.
”He was good. Gave up solo home runs and didn’t have any margin
of error. I’d like to see us get ahead there a little bit. It’s
frustrating, he had good stuff,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter
White Sox reliever Chris Sale hit Nick Markakis in the ninth
with two outs and gave up a two-run homer to Derrek Lee. Markakis
left the game after getting hit on the hand. Sale was lifted for
Sergio Santos after giving up a single to Vladimir Guerrero and a
walk to Luke Scott. Santos struck out Adam Jones for his third save
in as many opportunities.
”We had more hits than they did but we were unable to get a hit
with a runner in scoring position. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes
that’s how the game goes,” Jones said. ”He (Buehrle) was able to
get out of his own jams. His changeup. He kept the ball down. It’s
not like he had too many strikeouts, he just kept the ball down and
let his defense work for him. The big part of the game was Pierres
catch. If he doesn’t catch that ball, that’s two runs. It changes
Rios drew a leadoff walk in the third off Guthrie. He stole
second with two outs and scored on Pierre’s bloop single to
After allowing a leadoff double to Jones in the fourth, Buehrle
caught Mark Reynolds looking and got Matt Wieters to ground out.
With runners on first and third, Buehrle was helped by Pierre, who
made a diving catch on the warning track to rob Brian Roberts of an
extra-base bit and save two runs.
”Juan made a play in the outfield, that was big for us. The
game was on the line,” Guillen said. ”I turned to Joey (Cora) and
I said the ball is finally starting to bounce our way.”
With two outs in the fourth, Konerko launched his seventh homer
of the season to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead.
Adam Dunn walked to load the bases with one out in the sixth.
Konerko followed with a fly ball to the warning track in left that
Scott snagged with a sliding catch. Gordon Beckham tagged up at
third to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead.
Rios got Guthrie in the seventh for his second homer of the
season. In the eighth, Konerko hit a two-run homer off Josh Rupe to
make it 6-0. It was Konerko’s second multi-homer game of the season
and 29th in his career.
”Hopefully this win can get the vibe a little bit better in
here,” Konerko said.
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain struck out three in 1 1-3
Notes: Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy, on the 15-day DL with a strained
left oblique, took 30 swings, ran bases and reported no problems.
… The temperature at first pitch was 42 degrees.