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Chi. White Sox (33-36) «200010001490
Cincinnati (34-34)000000010160

Buehrle continues success vs. NL with win over Reds

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- By now, National League hitters ought to know a little bit about Mark Buehrle. Judging by the Cincinnati Reds' swings, he's still mostly a mystery.

The left-hander pitched seven shutout innings, his latest impressive showing against the NL, and the Chicago White Sox added to their run of success against the Reds with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

The White Sox are 14-3 against Cincinnati in interleague play, winning 10 of their last 11. The latest one had a lot to do with Buehrle (7-2), who is usually at his best against NL hitters who don't know him very well.

The left-hander is 19-6 in interleague play, winning 15 of his last 17 starts against NL teams. Buehrle has won both his career starts against the Reds, who spent the afternoon hitting ground balls off his sinkers.

"Maybe it's just that some of these guys haven't seen me before," said Buehrle, who gave up five hits and one walk. "You just go out there and [use] some of the pitches they haven't seen. It's worked to my advantage."

Happens that way nearly every time.

"You pretty much expect it from this guy," Chicago leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik said. "He went out there and was pretty much vintage Buehrle."

Struggling setup man Scott Linebrink gave up Brandon Phillips' sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, a reminder of Chicago's biggest bullpen concern at the moment. Linebrink gave up four runs in a loss to the Cubs earlier in the week.

On Sunday, the right-hander threw 95 mph but had trouble with his control. He gave up a hit, walked one and hit a batter with a pitch. Ramon Hernandez lined into a double play to end the inning.

"His velocity is good," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "His command is not happening. We need to get him to get better. If we're going to win, we need him badly. We need him to step it up and pitch better."

Bobby Jenks pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

Aaron Harang (5-7) remained winless since May 25 despite a solid performance -- three runs, eight hits, no walks in seven innings. Podsednik singled twice and scored a pair of runs.

The Reds finished a 3-3 homestand that rendered them a break-even team all around. Cincinnati fell to 34-34 overall, with a mark of 17-17 at home and 17-17 on the road. The Reds consider themselves fortunate to be at .500 considering the way injuries have decimated the infield.

"If you had told me in spring training we'd be where we are now with everything that's happened, I would have taken it, especially in this division," shortstop Jerry Hairston Jr. said. "We're right in the thick of things."

The top of Chicago's order had a big day in its 10-8 win on Saturday night. Podsednik and Alexei Ramirez were a combined 7 for 9 with two homers, six RBI and three runs scored. They got the White Sox going again on Sunday by opening the game with back-to-back singles off Harang and coming around to score.

"Our offense is going to run a lot smoother and it's going to be a lot more dangerous when he and I are on base," Podsednik said.

Podsednik singled again and eventually came around on Paul Konerko's single in the fifth, the 1,000th RBI of his career. Twenty-nine of those RBI came with the Dodgers and Reds in the 1990s. Dewayne Wise added a run-scoring double in the ninth.

Harang was coming off an unusual appearance. He reached only the third inning on Tuesday before a long rain delay forced him out of a 7-2 win over Atlanta. Harang threw just 35 pitches in that one, hardly a workout.

After his rough first inning on Sunday, he settled in and allowed only one more run. Given the way Buehrle was pitching, it was too late. The Reds got only two runners to second base against him.

It was Buehrle's first win since May 19. He was 0-1 with four no-decisions since then, a reflection on Chicago's slumping offense.

Notes

  • The White Sox are 7-4 in interleague play this season. The Reds are 3-6.
  • OF Jermaine Dye was out of Chicago's starting lineup for the second straight day with a sore left calf.
  • Reds 3B Edwin Encarnacion was sent to Triple-A Louisville to start a rehab assignment. He's been out since April 28 with a chipped bone in his left wrist.
  • Phillips was back in the lineup, a day after he aggravated his right thumb and had to leave the game. Phillips sustained a hairline fracture in the thumb on May 23 but has kept playing.
 
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The NL has to be tired of Mark Buehrle, who is 19-6 in interleague play.  (AP)
The NL has to be tired of Mark Buehrle, who is 19-6 in interleague play. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
Chicago

S. Podsednik
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5220013 .319
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110003 .262
A.J. Pierzynski, C4011000 .289
Paul Konerko, 1B4011010 .288
Brian Anderson, CF4010021 .250
Chris Getz, 2B4000011 .250
Gordon Beckham, 3B3120110 .196
Dewayne Wise, RF3011001 .173
Mark Buehrle, P2000012 .250
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   a- Jim Thome, PH1000001 .250
    Bobby Jenks, P0000000 .000
Totals3449317  
a-grounded out for Linebrink in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Anderson (6, Harang), Gordon Beckham (3, Harang), Dewayne Wise (2, Masset)
SH - Mark Buehrle (1)
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (18), Paul Konerko (43), Dewayne Wise (1)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Getz
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,7-2) 7500130 3.17
Scott Linebrink (H,5) 1111100 2.42
Bobby Jenks (S,17) 1000000 3.60
HBP - Gomes (by Scott Linebrink)
WP - Scott Linebrink (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 103-67, Scott Linebrink 23-13, Bobby Jenks 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 11-7, Bobby Jenks 3-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Scott Linebrink 5, Bobby Jenks 3
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF3000021 .224
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH-CF1110000 .271
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS3010100 .244
Brandon Phillips, 2B3001001 .279
Jonny Gomes, LF3020000 .333
Ramon Hernandez, 1B4000004 .242
Jay Bruce, RF3010100 .216
Ryan Hanigan, C4010003 .325
Adam Rosales, 3B3000003 .202
   b- Danny Richar, PH1000000 .000
Aaron Harang, P2000001 .138
   c- Micah Owings, PH1000011 .263
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
Totals3116123  
a-singled for Taveras in the 8th
b-grounded out for Rosales in the 9th
c-struck out for Harang in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (5, Buehrle)
SF - Brandon Phillips (6)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (47)
SB - Chris Dickerson (5, 2nd base off Linebrink/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hairston-Hernandez
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,5-7) 7833070 3.66
Nick Masset 1.1111100 1.88
Danny Herrera 0.2000000 2.22
HBP - Wise (by Aaron Harang)
WP - Aaron Harang (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 97-66, Nick Masset 16-11, Danny Herrera 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-6, Nick Masset 3-1, Danny Herrera 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 29, Nick Masset 6, Danny Herrera 2
Game Information
Attendance - 32786
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - John Hirschbeck