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Chi. White Sox (28-36) «020000211690
Pittsburgh (29-39)010000000190

White Sox 6, Pirates 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox needed a minute to remember how to celebrate a victory.

Buehrle scattered nine hits over eight innings, Josh Fields hit a two-run homer and the White Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Rob Mackowiak also drove in two runs for Chicago, which had lost nine of 10.

"It felt weird giving everyone knuckles (congratulatory fist pounds) on the field," said Buehrle, who struck out four and issued an intentional walk. "It's been a while."

"I felt lost on the field today," manager Ozzie Guillen said of the post-victory celebratory handshakes. "I felt lost afterwards."

Buehrle (4-3) won his 101st career game and has won consecutive starts after not earning a win since April 23 -- the start just after his no-hitter April 18. During his previous outing, he snapped the team's five-game skid. Chicago has won only two games not started by Buehrle since May 22.

"I've said before, I would rather the other four guys get a win and I lose every time," Buehrle said. "I'll give that up any day, but obviously with the way we have been struggling -- the last two games I've been given six runs and five runs or six runs and six runs. Some guys haven't been getting the runs I have been getting the past couple outings, and that makes it a little more difficult."

John Van Benschoten was effective in his first major league start in almost three years and Adam LaRoche had three hits for the Pirates, who had won three of four.

Mackowiak led off the seventh with a bunt single and Fields followed with his first homer of the season to make it 4-1.

Fields, who also doubled in a run in the second, went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Tadahito Iguchi doubled in a run in the ninth to make it 6-1 and help secure Guillen's 300th career victory.

Fields was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on June 6 to replace the injured Joe Crede, and was playing in his 10th game this season and 21st of his career. The seventh-inning drive was his second career homer.

After starting the season 0-for-11, the former Oklahoma State quarterback has at least one hit in five of seven starts since.

"You're called up, it's in the middle of the season, you're playing with guys like Jim Thome and Paul Konerko, and you're asked to go out and help the team," Fields said. "You're going to put a little extra pressure on yourself, and once you finally get calmed down, hopefully good things will start happening."

Ryan Doumit singled in LaRoche in the second for the Pirates. After being retired in order in the first, Pittsburgh had at least one baserunner in every inning against Buehrle but struggled to take advantage of its opportunities.

"That's the clutch hits, and it's a lot easier said than done," LaRoche said. "(Buehrle) did good, he stayed out of the big inning. He stayed out of the back-to-back-to-back hits, the walks and the errors."

Van Benschoten, who started five games and appeared in another for the Pirates in 2004, allowed two runs and three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He had been 6-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 12 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

"I thought he did an outstanding job," said Pirates bench coach Jim Lett, who is running the team while Jim Tracy attends his son's college graduation. "He competed well, he threw some quality pitches and pitched out of a couple of jams. For him to come in here -- what's it been, two or three years since he'd pitched in the big leagues? -- he did an outstanding job for us today."

Pittsburgh's first-round pick in the 2001 draft, Van Benschoten (0-1) had reconstructive surgery on both shoulders before the 2005 season and questioned if he would ever reach the majors again.

"It's always worth the wait if you're pitching here," Van Benschoten said. "Compare myself back to '04, getting the callup in August, I thought I was better prepared now. As the year has progressed, I just felt better and better."

Ryan Bukvich pitched a perfect ninth for the White Sox, who scored more than four runs in a game for only the third time this month and had lost 16 of their last 19.

"It's gotta turn around sometime," Buehrle said. "It can't be this miserable all season long.

"It's one of those things that hopefully this will carry over into our game tomorrow, too."

Notes

Van Benschoten went 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA in 2004. His previous major league start was Sept. 18, 2004, when he allowed six runs in one-third of an inning in an 8-7 loss to the New York Mets. ... All five of the Pirates starters in the rotation at the moment were drafted by the club. No other major league team has more than three homegrown starters. ... The crowd of 36,610 was the second sellout of the season and first since opening day. ... It was Guillen's 300th career victory.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Fields
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

M. Buehrle
IP 8.0
H 9
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF5000012 .178
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5021030 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C5110002 .239
Paul Konerko, 1B5010002 .240
Jermaine Dye, RF2100212 .225
Alex Cintron, SS3110102 .225
Rob Mackowiak, LF2112100 .224
Josh Fields, 3B4123013 .235
Mark Buehrle, P2000021 .000
   a- Andy Gonzalez, PH1110000 .211
    Ryan Bukvich, P0000000 .000
Totals3469648  
a-doubled for Buehrle in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (11, Van Benschoten, Armas), Paul Konerko (11, Kolb), Josh Fields (1, Van Benschoten), Andy Gonzalez (2, Armas)
HR - Josh Fields (1, Grabow)
SF - Rob Mackowiak (1)
SH - Mark Buehrle (1)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (17), Rob Mackowiak 2 (18), Josh Fields 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Fields (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cintron-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,4-3) 8911140 3.45
Ryan Bukvich 1000000 8.31
IBB - J. Wilson by Mark Buehrle
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 113-75, Ryan Bukvich 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 12-7, Ryan Bukvich 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 33, Ryan Bukvich 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Rajai Davis, CF4010000 .143
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Tony Armas, P0000000 .286
Jose Bautista, 3B3010010 .280
Jason Bay, LF4010022 .279
Xavier Nady, RF4000002 .281
Adam LaRoche, 1B4130000 .223
Jose Castillo, 2B4000003 .256
Ryan Doumit, C4021001 .328
Jack Wilson, SS3010101 .256
John Van Benschoten, P2000014 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate McLouth, PH-CF2000000 .221
Totals3419114  
a-grounded out for Grabow in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche 2 (16, Buehrle, Buehrle)
SH - Jose Bautista (3)
RBI - Ryan Doumit (14)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Doumit (10)
Team LOB - 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
John Van Benschoten (L,0-1) 5.2322340 3.18
John Grabow 1.1222021 6.38
Dan Kolb 1211120 9.00
Tony Armas 1211000 8.10
IBB - Cintron by Dan Kolb
Pitches-Strikes - John Van Benschoten 94-54, John Grabow 23-16, Dan Kolb 19-10, Tony Armas 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Van Benschoten 8-5, Tony Armas 1-2
Batters Faced - John Van Benschoten 23, John Grabow 6, Dan Kolb 6, Tony Armas 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36610
Game Time - 2:24
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Chris Guccione