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

of having.”

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

said.

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

the game.”

Rios drew a leadoff walk in the third off Guthrie. He stole

second with two outs and scored on Pierre’s bloop single to

center.

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

innings.

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.