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Buehrle's arm, Konerko's bat lift White Sox to victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- This was the formula the Chicago White Sox had followed until recently, the one that led to the best record in baseball.

They ran. They played good defense. They received strong pitching, and made the most of their four hits.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer, leading the White Sox over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Saturday.

"I feel like we're back to ourselves -- no hitting, great pitching, great defense," Konerko said.

Buehrle (13-4) outpitched Jamie Moyer, scattering seven hits, striking out three and walking none. Dustin Hermanson earned his 27th save in 28 opportunities for the White Sox, who had lost three of four.

Konerko's 26th homer highlighted Chicago's three-run first inning against Moyer, who has been bothered by back stiffness and made his first start since July 27. The White Sox added a run in the eighth when Scott Podsednik walked, stole second and scored on Tadahito Iguchi's single.

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits for Seattle, snapping a career-worst 0-for-22 slump with an infield single leading off the game. Willie Bloomquist was 3-for-4 with a double.

Moyer (9-4) retired 16 of the next 17 batters after Konerko's homer. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and four hits.

"I threw all right, but I made some mistakes," Moyer said. "It was a bad pitch in the first inning. I elevated it a little bit and caught too much of the plate."

Buehrle, who was ejected in the sixth inning of his last start for hitting Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff, allowed a run in the sixth. The Mariners scored another off Cliff Politte in the eighth on two-out doubles by Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre, but left a runner at second with two outs in the ninth when Suzuki grounded out.

Suzuki led off the game with his first hit since a home run July 30 -- a slow roller to short that a charging Juan Uribe tried to barehand. Bloomquist also singled, but Buehrle retired the next three batters.

The White Sox then scored three times in the bottom half.

Podsednik's hard grounder down the third-base line slipped under the glove of Beltre for an error. After advancing to second on Iguchi's grounder, Podsednik stole third and scored on Aaron Rowand's single to shallow center.

Konerko then homered to left on a 1-2 pitch.

The White Sox had averaged 3.3 runs in their previous four. With Frank Thomas likely out for the rest of the season with a foot injury and Carl Everett missing his second game with a strained groin, Joe Crede was the designated hitter. Jermaine Dye, a career .195 hitter against Moyer, had the night off.

"That's how bad we're hitting -- we've got Joe Crede as the DH," manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game. "I was making fun of myself. I was like, 'Wow, how bad are we when we've got Crede as the DH?'"

Suzuki led off the sixth with a single and Bloomquist doubled into the left-field corner to put runners at second and third. Raul Ibanez drove in a run with a groundout to second, and Buehrle saved another when he deflected a line drive by Sexson -- a shot that knocked the glove off the pitcher's right hand. Buehrle threw out Sexson and stuck out Beltre to end the inning.

"Any time I get a ball up the middle, I just try to knock it down and keep it on the infield," Buehrle said.

Moyer called it "self defense" and said, "you can determine whether it was the best play of the game."

Sexson called it "the horseshoe effect. He and the whole White Sox team have luck going for them right now."

Chicago won for just the fifth time in 15 games at U.S. Cellular Field. Podsednik scored twice and stole two bases, increasing his major league-leading total to 54, despite going 0-for-3. He has four hits in his last 35 at-bats.

"When he does have his good games and he's seeing the ball well and he's getting on base, it just seems like our game flows better," Konerko said. "But at the same time, the rest of our lineup can't rely on the fact that Scott has to play well for us to win. That's too much heat to put on one guy."

Notes

  • With attendance at 37,529, the White Sox extended their franchise record with their 12th sellout.
  • Podsednik is 16-for-16 stealing third after his swipe in the first inning.
 
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Mark Buehrle's one-run, seven-inning outing lifts the Sox to their fifth win in the last 15 home games.  (AP)
Mark Buehrle's one-run, seven-inning outing lifts the Sox to their fifth win in the last 15 home games. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
Seattle

J. Moyer
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 3
BB 3
K 5
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5120003 .302
Willie Bloomquist, CF4030010 .280
Raul Ibanez, DH4001011 .296
Richie Sexson, 1B4110023 .269
Adrian Beltre, 3B4011013 .257
Mike Morse, SS4000001 .307
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B3000000 .250
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1000000 .255
Chris Snelling, LF4010000 .235
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010000 .222
   b- Dave Hansen, PH0000100 .171
Totals362921511 
a-grounded out for Betancourt in the 9th
b-walked for Torrealba in the 9th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (11, Buehrle), Richie Sexson (25, Politte), Adrian Beltre (21, Politte)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (64), Adrian Beltre (60)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (15)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (10, 2nd base off Buehrle/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Snelling 1
DP - Snelling-Betancourt
E - Adrian Beltre (9, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (L,9-4) 7.2443351 4.29
Jeff Nelson 0.1000010 2.87
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 113-63, Jeff Nelson 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 9-8
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 29, Jeff Nelson 1
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF3200101 .285
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4011000 .290
Aaron Rowand, CF4111031 .287
Paul Konerko, 1B2112100 .265
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010010 .274
Joe Crede, DH3000000 .248
Timo Perez, RF3000001 .223
Geoff Blum, 3B3000010 .235
Juan Uribe, SS2000110 .244
Totals27444363 
Batting
HR - Paul Konerko (26, Moyer)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (44), Aaron Rowand (47), Paul Konerko 2 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (19)
SB - Scott Podsednik 2 (54, 3rd base off Moyer/Torrealba, 2nd base off Moyer/Torrealba), Tadahito Iguchi (14, 2nd base off Nelson/Torrealba)
CS - Juan Uribe (6, 2nd base by Moyer/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 2
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,13-4) 7711030 2.79
Cliff Politte (H,14) 1211020 1.89
Dustin Hermanson (S,27) 1000100 1.67
WP - Dustin Hermanson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 105-69, Cliff Politte 19-11, Dustin Hermanson 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 11-7, Cliff Politte 1-0, Dustin Hermanson 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Cliff Politte 5, Dustin Hermanson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37529
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Hickox