|Chi. White Sox «||2||0||0||0||3||1||0||0||0||6||13||0|
Benefiting from four double plays, Buehrle (14-6) gave up one run and struck out six without allowing a walk to end a personal five-game losing streak against Minnesota, which beat Garcia 1-0 on one hit on Tuesday.
"That was vintage Mark -- strikes, groundballs, double plays. He didn't walk a batter," said former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had three hits. "That's why he's one of the best there is. When he's on, he can beat anybody."
Everett had three hits, the first five batters in the lineup went 11-for-22 and Chicago won for only the second time in 10 games.
"We won, and that's all that matters," said Buehrle, who faced the minimum through five innings. "It was nice to get my confidence back up."
Once Buehrle left, the Twins staged a serious rally, getting a two-run homer from Nick Punto off Cliff Politte to pull within 6-3 in the ninth. Joe Mauer greeted Damaso Marte with a single, and Dustin Hermanson gave up an RBI double to LeCroy before getting the last two outs for his 31st save.
"We've been reading stories about us choking all year," Hermanson said. "It's nothing new. I just hope the guys aren't reading the paper."
LeCroy spoiled Buehrle's shutout bid with a two-out homer in the seventh, but the Twins dropped to 10½ games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. Second-place Cleveland also lost, falling eight games back. Minnesota is three games behind in the wild-card race, trailing three teams.
"I'm not doing my job," Mays said. "They've got to do what's in the best interest of the team. You've just got to swallow your pride."
While the rest of Minnesota's starting pitchers have surged in the second half, Mays has stumbled -- going 1-6 with a 7.48 ERA after posting marks of 5-3 and 4.13 before the All-Star break. He gave up nine hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and hitting one without a strikeout.
Mays had elbow problems throughout 2002 and 2003 before opting for reconstructive surgery that kept him off the mound for nearly 18 months until this spring. That could be a reason why his maximum velocity is to down to about 88 mph, reducing the effectiveness of his best pitch, a sinker.
With top prospects Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano thriving at Triple-A Rochester, a change sounded almost imminent. Manager Ron Gardenhire, however, has a shortage of healthy players and isn't sure how a move would work before teams are allowed to expand their rosters on Sept. 1.
"If you can figure out a way to get a pitcher up here ... you're a little bit smarter than I am right now," Gardenhire said. "We're really stuck here."
After Tadahito Iguchi walked in the first, Everett followed with an upper-deck shot to right field -- his 19th homer of the season -- to put the White Sox up 2-0. Boosted by nifty plays in the field that shortstop Jason Bartlett and second baseman Punto turned into groundouts, Mays settled down until Timo Perez started the disastrous fifth with a bunt single.
Everett raised his RBI total to 72 with a two-run double, and Jermaine Dye finished Mays with an RBI double that made it 5-0. Upon taking Mays out, Gardenhire told him to cover his ears as they braced for boos from the crowd of 32,687.
"They're hootin' because they want to see good performances," Gardenhire said. "But you can't take it personally."
A morose Mays was beyond caring about that.
"I still feel good out there," he said. "I just haven't been able to stop this snowball that's rolling down that hill."
|It could've been even worse for the Twins if Brent Abernathy hadn't caught this Carl Everett blast. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Timo Perez, LF||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.224|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||3||2||1||1||1||0||1||.278|
|Carl Everett, DH||5||1||3||4||0||0||0||.266|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.272|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||1||3||0||0||0||1||.269|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.258|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.273|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.243|
|2B - Tadahito Iguchi (21, Mays), A.J. Pierzynski (16, Mays), Jermaine Dye (19, Mays), Juan Uribe (15, Guerrier)|
|HR - Carl Everett (19, Mays)|
|SF - Tadahito Iguchi (5)|
|RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (49), Carl Everett 4 (72), Jermaine Dye (63)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (22)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1|
|DP - Iguchi-Uribe-Konerko, Crede-Iguchi-Konerko, Dye-Pierzynski, Crede-Iguchi-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (W,14-6)||8||6||1||1||0||6||1||2.99|
|Dustin Hermanson (S,31)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.74|
|WP - Dustin Hermanson (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 105-73, Cliff Politte 11-9, Damaso Marte 1-1, Dustin Hermanson 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 10-4|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 26, Cliff Politte 3, Damaso Marte 1, Dustin Hermanson 3|
|Nick Punto, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.245|
|Brent Abernathy, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Joe Mauer, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.305|
|Matthew LeCroy, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||2||0||.278|
|Luis Rodriguez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Lew Ford, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Michael Cuddyer, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.255|
|Terry Tiffee, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Mike Redmond, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.246|
|2B - Matthew LeCroy (4, Hermanson), Jason Bartlett 2 (7, Buehrle, Politte)|
|HR - Nick Punto (3, Politte), Matthew LeCroy (14, Buehrle)|
|RBI - Nick Punto 2 (20), Matthew LeCroy 2 (40)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matthew LeCroy (20)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Outfield Assists - Lew Ford 1|
|DP - Bartlett-Punto-LeCroy|
|E - Nick Punto (7, Wild throw)|
|Joe Mays (L,6-9)||4.2||9||5||5||1||0||1||5.16|
|HBP - Rowand (by Joe Mays)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Mays 93-55, Matt Guerrier 28-21, Terry Mulholland 33-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Mays 7-6, Matt Guerrier 1-2, Terry Mulholland 8-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Mays 24, Matt Guerrier 7, Terry Mulholland 10|
|Attendance - 32687|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Lazaro Diaz, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|