White Sox 6, Orioles 2
The Baltimore Orioles had their chance for a four-game sweep. A
vintage Mark Buehrle performance ruined those plans.
Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings for his 150th career
victory and Paul Konerko homered twice to lead the Chicago White
Sox to a 6-2 win over the Orioles on Monday night.
Baltimore went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and
left 13 on base.
”Typical Buehrle,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
”That’s why he’s pitched 200 innings for 10 straight years. He
throws the ball with a great tempo and doesn’t walk the people he
doesn’t need to walk. He makes you get yourself out.”
Adam Jones and Derrek Lee had three hits apiece for Baltimore,
but Buehrle was always able to get out of the jam.
”His changeup,” Jones credited. ”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.”
Juan Pierre made a diving catch in the fourth inning to end a
Baltimore threat with two runners on-base. With the White Sox ahead
1-0 at the time, the catch loomed large.
”If he doesn’t catch that ball, that’s two runs. It changes the
game,” Jones said.
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (1-4) allowed four runs on five
hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two, remaining
winless since Opening Day.
”I had a chance to finish people and didn’t do it,” Guthrie
said. ”Tonight would have been nice to finish a sweep against a
Konerko hit a two-run home run and a solo shot for the White
Sox, who ended a five-game skid with only their fourth win in 19
Pierre had an RBI single 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.
”He doesn’t panic,” Konerko said of Buehrle. ”He knows how to
get out of those situations.”
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.
”Right now we’re more concerned about the knee,” Showalter
said, referring to Markakis’ right knee, which he injured in the
eighth inning when he tripped over a sprinkler head in the
Markakis said he doesn’t expect either injury to keep him out of
”It doesn’t feel great but I’m just gonna take care of it and
we’ll go from there,” he said.
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.
Rios drew a leadoff walk in the third off Guthrie, stole second
with two outs and scored on Pierre’s bloop single to center.
After allowing a leadoff double to Adam 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 extra bases.
With two outs in the fourth, Konerko launched his seventh homer
of the season to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead.
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 and
raced home to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead.
Rios tagged 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.
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain struck out three in 1 1-3
Notes: Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy, on the 15-day disabled list with
a strained left oblique, took 30 swings, ran bases and reported no
problems. … The temperature at first pitch was 42 degrees.