Cleveland at Chicago

W: J. Davis (2-2) L: M. Buehrle (2-2)
HR: CLE - E. Burks (1), S. Spencer (1), K. Garcia (3)   CHW - D. Jimenez (3), C. Lee (4)

Indians 7, White Sox 4 wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Cleveland hitters helped make starter Jason Davis' job easy.

Ellis Burks, Shane Spencer and Karim Garcia all homered off Chicago ace Mark Buehrle as the Cleveland Indians defeated the White Sox 7-4 Sunday and stopped Chicago's four-game winning streak.

Burks and Spencer hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, the first of the season for each, as Cleveland took a 3-0 lead. Garcia, who had three hits, homered in the third.

"When the offense is working for you, you've just got to go out there and throw strikes," Davis said. "I didn't have my best stuff, but was able to come out with a W because we played great baseball today."

Davis (2-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Indians, who had lost four straight.

Despite Buehrle's poor outing his teammates aren't ready to get nervous.

"Believe me, no worries from anybody in here on him," Konerko said. "I will take my chances with him on any game."

D'Angelo Jimenez and Carlos Lee homered for the White Sox, who had been 7-1 at home. Lee has homered in four consecutive games, driving in 10 runs over than span. Jimenez had three hits.

Buehrle (2-2), whose ERA rose from 1.57 to 3.27, gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings and allowed 11 hits, matching his career high. He had given up just one home run in 28 2-3 innings coming in.

"It was one of those days that you make a mistake over the plate and they make me pay for it," Buehrle said.

Casey Blake chased Buehrle with a two-run double in the fifth, and Josh Bard hit an RBI single off Gary Glover for 7-1 lead.

"We worked hard to just take what he gave us. He makes a lot of money with hitters swinging at that changeup out of the zone," Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Chicago's Magglio Ordonez was 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. Cleveland outhit the White Sox 15-10.

Notes: Spencer hit his first home run since Aug. 11, 2002, when he was with the New York Yankees. ... Cleveland OF Matt Lawton was given the day off, missing his second straight start. ... Cleveland's Omar Vizquel grounded into three double plays. ... Lee has homered in four consecutive games for the first time in his career.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2003, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

Related Video

April 21, 2017
This weekend in baseball: AL Central (1:19)
Milton Bradley, CF402011 .375
Omar Vizquel, SS411010 .261
Ellis Burks, DH422211 .305
Shane Spencer, LF511102 .278
Karim Garcia, RF523100 .239
Casey Blake, 3B413201 .218
Josh Bard, C402111 .235
Travis Hafner, 1B401001 .211
Brandon Phillips, 2B400000 .169
2B - Casey Blake 2 (6, Buehrle, Gordon)
HR - Ellis Burks (1, Buehrle), Shane Spencer (1, Buehrle), Karim Garcia (3, Buehrle)
RBI - Ellis Burks 2 (10), Shane Spencer (4), Karim Garcia (7), Casey Blake 2 (3), Josh Bard (3)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Blake-B. Phillips-Hafner, Vizquel-B. Phillips-Hafner
Jason Davis (W,2-2) 6.2733111 6.97
Carl Sadler 0.1100000 0.00
Jose Santiago 1000000 3.18
Danys Baez 1211001 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Davis 86-60, Carl Sadler 6-3, Jose Santiago 12-8, Danys Baez 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Davis 11-7, Carl Sadler 1-0, Jose Santiago 1-2, Danys Baez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Davis 27, Carl Sadler 2, Jose Santiago 3, Danys Baez 4
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B413100 .379
Jose Valentin, SS401000 .327
Frank Thomas, DH400000 .218
Magglio Ordonez, RF411000 .296
Paul Konerko, 1B401100 .197
Carlos Lee, LF422100 .246
Armando Rios, CF402101 .346
Joe Crede, 3B400000 .273
Sandy Alomar Jr., C300010 .344
2B - Paul Konerko (3, Davis), Carlos Lee (1, Davis)
HR - D'Angelo Jimenez (3, Davis), Carlos Lee (4, Baez)
RBI - D'Angelo Jimenez (10), Paul Konerko (7), Carlos Lee (12), Armando Rios (9)
2-OUT RBI - D'Angelo Jimenez (8)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Crede-Jimenez-Konerko, Konerko-Valentin-Buehrle, Crede-Jimenez-Konerko, Glover-Valentin-Konerko
Mark Buehrle (L,2-2) 4.11177223 3.27
Gary Glover 2.2200030 0.87
Damaso Marte 1100110 3.68
Tom Gordon 1100110 5.87
HBP - Hafner (by Mark Buehrle), Blake (by Gary Glover)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 77-46, Gary Glover 36-26, Damaso Marte 21-12, Tom Gordon 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 7-1, Gary Glover 2-2, Damaso Marte 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 24, Gary Glover 10, Damaso Marte 5, Tom Gordon 5
Attendance - 14975
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Larry Young, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Mike Everitt