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"There were a couple guys' names in there who I had never heard of," he said. "Looking at their lineup, it's not the same as it was at the beginning of the year."
His lack of familiarity didn't hurt his effectiveness.
Buehrle won his seventh straight decision, pitching an eight-hitter Friday night to lead the White Sox over the Dodgers 6-0 in the first meeting between the teams in Chicago since the 1959 World Series.
Buehrle (8-1) struck out six, walked none and didn't give up an extra-base hit in his second complete game of the season. It was his sixth career shutout, his first since last July 21 against Cleveland.
While he has not lost since Minnesota beat him on April 10, Buehrle won for the first time since May 18, ending a streak of four no-decisions. He has pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.67. And he has lasted at least six innings in his past 42 starts.
"I knew it was getting up there," Buehrle said. "I want to go deep in the game every time. I want to go seven or eight innings."
Los Angeles, which won the 1959 World Series in six games, lost its fourth straight and at 33-33 dropped to .500 for the first time since June 3.
Dodgers rookie D.J. Houlton (2-1) gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in six innings, allowing the leadoff batter to reach base in each of the first five innings.
"I just couldn't get ahead of the guys," Houlton said.
Scott Podsednik walked leading off the bottom of the first and stole second, and Tadahito Iguchi was hit by a pitch and was part of a double steal as Thomas took a called third strike. Paul Konerko followed with a two-run single, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
Podsednik stole three bases, increasing his major league-leading total to 35.
Podsednik hit a leadoff double in the third and scored on Iguchi's single, and Dye hit his 13th homer of the season on the first pitch of the fourth. Thomas hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Giovanni Carrara after a walk to Iguchi. Five of Thomas' eight hits this season are home runs.
"He doesn't have to run the bases," manager Ozzie Guillen joked. "Good for us. Good for him. We don't have to see him running the bases."
Thomas missed the first two months of the season after surgery on his left ankle in October.
"I'm just trying to hit the ball hard," Thomas said. "I missed a lot of time. My focus is there, and good things happen."
|Mark Buehrle (56) runs his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 18. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Antonio Perez, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.344|
|Jason Repko, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.216|
|J.D. Drew, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Jeff Kent, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.288|
|Olmedo Saenz, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.303|
|Jayson Werth, LF||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.247|
|Jason Phillips, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.266|
|Mike Edwards, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.338|
|Mike Rose, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.167|
|CS - Antonio Perez (1, 2nd base by Buehrle/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Perez-Kent-Phillips, Perez-Phillips|
|E - Jason Repko (2, Wild throw)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Dennis Houlton (L,2-1)||6||5||4||4||4||6||1||5.77|
|IBB - Konerko by Dennis Houlton|
|HBP - Iguchi (by Dennis Houlton), Rowand (by Giovanni Carrara)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dennis Houlton 108-64, Giovanni Carrara 29-12, Scott Erickson 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dennis Houlton 5-6, Giovanni Carrara 1-0, Scott Erickson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dennis Houlton 27, Giovanni Carrara 7, Scott Erickson 3|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||3||2||1||0||2||1||0||.287|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||2||2||1||1||1||1||1||.288|
|Frank Thomas, DH||4||1||1||2||0||1||4||.320|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||2||0||1||2||2||0||1||.253|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.283|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||2||1||1||1||2||1||3||.260|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.236|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.243|
|2B - Scott Podsednik (10, Houlton)|
|HR - Frank Thomas (5, Carrara), Jermaine Dye (13, Houlton)|
|RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (30), Frank Thomas 2 (7), Paul Konerko 2 (47), Jermaine Dye (32)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik 3 (35, 2nd base off Houlton/Rose, 3rd base off Houlton/Rose, 2nd base off Houlton/Rose), Tadahito Iguchi (8, 2nd base off Houlton/Rose)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Crede-Iguchi-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (W,8-1)||9||8||0||0||0||6||0||2.67|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 114-79|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-9|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 32|
|Attendance - 28870|
|Game Time - 2:24|
|Temperature - 60|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|