Los Angeles at Chicago

L.A. Dodgers
W: M. Buehrle (8-1) L: D. Houlton (2-1)
HR: LA - None   CHW - J. Dye (13), F. Thomas (5)

ChiSox blank Dodgers in first South Side meeting since '59

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle was puzzled when he saw the Los Angeles Dodgers' batting order.

"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."

Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye homered for the White Sox, who got their fifth shutout of the season, tied for the most in the AL. Dye has homered in his last three games.

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."


  • OF Milton Bradley and C Paul Bako, who are on the DL, are to be examined in Los Angeles early next week, manager Jim Tracy said. Bradley, who tore a ligament in his right finger May 29, is to undergo tests on the finger on Monday. Bako, who has a mild sprain of the left knee, is to be examined Tuesday. Bradley, a switch hitter, took 20 swings right-handed off a batting tee Tuesday and experienced slight discomfort. But he stopped after 18 left-handed swings. "It's a little bit uncomfortable, but it's OK right-handed," Tracy said. "But it's not even usable, (batting) lefty. He can't swing."
  • LHP Odalis Perez (sore left shoulder) is scheduled to throw 50 to 55 pitches for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday and will probably have another rehab start before being activated from the DL.
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Mark Buehrle (56) runs his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 18.   (Getty Images)
Mark Buehrle (56) runs his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 18. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

S. Podsednik
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 0

M. Buehrle
IP 9.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 0
K 6

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Antonio Perez, SS4010021 .344
Jason Repko, RF4000012 .216
J.D. Drew, CF4010000 .279
Jeff Kent, 2B4020001 .288
Olmedo Saenz, DH4000013 .303
Jayson Werth, LF3010021 .247
Jason Phillips, 1B3000003 .266
Mike Edwards, 3B3020000 .338
Mike Rose, C3010002 .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) 6544461 5.77
Giovanni Carrara 1122311 4.60
Scott Erickson 1000010 6.75
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, LF3210210 .287
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B2211111 .288
Frank Thomas, DH4112014 .320
Paul Konerko, 1B2012201 .253
Aaron Rowand, CF3010002 .283
Jermaine Dye, RF2111213 .260
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000012 .250
Joe Crede, 3B4000021 .236
Juan Uribe, SS4000011 .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) 9800060 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 114-79
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-9
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 32
Game Information
Attendance - 28870
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson