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|Chi. Cubs (27-35)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||10||0|
Who thought it would take this long to come to fruition?
Buehrle pitched scoreless ball into the seventh, Paul Konerko drove in two runs and the White Sox handed Carlos Silva his first loss, beating the struggling Cubs 2-1 Saturday for their season-high fourth straight win.
Konerko delivered a run-scoring single in the first and another in the seventh after Juan Pierre stole second, avoiding the tag with a neat dive. Konerko is 20 for 42 in his last 12 games.
Buehrle (4-6), meanwhile, looked like his old self while sending the crosstown Cubs to their ninth loss in 12 games.
The solid outing by Buehrle capped a string of strong performances by a rotation that is finally starting to live up to the hype. White Sox starters have a 1.60 ERA over the past five games -- a big improvement for a group that started the week with an American League-worst 5.28 ERA.
"That's how we were supposed to be pitching," Buehrle said. "That's what we expected coming out of spring training."
The veteran left-hander allowed eight hits and struck out seven without a walk against an all right-handed lineup after going 1-6 with a 6.22 ERA in his previous 10 starts. He left to cheers from the White Sox fans after allowing back-to-back singles by Tyler Colvin and Theriot with two outs in the seventh.
Sergio Santos came in and struck out pinch-hitter Tracy with a 97-mph fastball on the outside corner.
J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless eighth.
Jenks issued a leadoff walk in the ninth to Geovany Soto, who went to second on Kosuke Fukudome's chopper to the mound for the second out and came around on Theriot's single to right, but the White Sox hung on.
"We're getting the good pitching and timely hitting," Pierre said. "We dug ourselves such a hole that it's going to take one of these runs to get back in this thing. This is a big stretch for us."
Marlon Byrd had three hits for the Cubs, who fell eight games below .500 for the first time since they were 24-32 on June 5, 2007. They went on to win the first of two straight NL Central titles that year.
"It's very disappointing," Alfonso Soriano said. "We're not supposed to lose like we lost today."
Silva (8-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings while falling short in his bid to become the first Cubs starter to open a season 9-0 since Ken Holtzman in 1967. He set career highs with 123 pitches and two hit batters, and although he wasn't at his sharpest, he delivered another solid outing.
Pierre set up the White Sox's second run with a leadoff walk in the seventh and a spectacular dive to steal second on a pitchout.
The throw from Soto beat him by about six feet, but Pierre lifted his left arm and contorted his body to avoid shortstop Starlin Castro's tag before getting his hand on the bag.
With two outs, the Cubs decided to go after the surging Konerko rather than walk him to face Carlos Quentin, and he drove in Pierre with a single to right to make it 2-0.
As for the tag, Castro thought Pierre was out, but manager Lou Piniella said he won't get that call.
"He has a tendency to want to reach out instead of putting the ball or the glove on the bag where he can tag the runner," Piniella said. "He wants to reach. And the umpires, when they see you reach and then they see you reach again, they're not going to give you the call."Notes
|Paul Konerko drives in both runs for the White Sox, one in the first inning and the other in the seventh. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||.245|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.262|
|Alex Rios, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.321|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||3||2||0||0||1||.296|
|Carlos Quentin, RF||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.205|
|Bobby Jenks, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.206|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||3||0||2||0||1||1||0||.167|
|Mark Buehrle, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Sergio Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mark Kotsay, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.202|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andruw Jones, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.215|
|a-walked for Santos in the 8th|
|2B - Gordon Beckham (7, Silva)|
|SH - Gordon Beckham (4)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (46)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (19)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (25, 2nd base off Silva/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Mark Buehrle (W,4-6)||6.2||8||0||0||0||7||0||4.93|
|Sergio Santos (H,7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.69|
|J.J. Putz (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.49|
|Bobby Jenks (S,11)||1||1||1||1||1||2||0||4.94|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 108-71, Sergio Santos 6-5, J.J. Putz 13-8, Bobby Jenks 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 6-7, J.J. Putz 1-1, Bobby Jenks 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Sergio Santos 1, J.J. Putz 4, Bobby Jenks 5|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.294|
|Jeff Baker, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.247|
|a- Chad Tracy, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.250|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.230|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||3||0||0||1||2||.336|
|Xavier Nady, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.250|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.274|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||2||.266|
|Starlin Castro, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.264|
|b- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Carlos Silva, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.091|
|c- Tyler Colvin, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.305|
|Andrew Cashner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|a-struck out for Baker in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Castro in the 9th|
|c-singled for Silva in the 7th|
|2B - Marlon Byrd (22, Putz)|
|RBI - Ryan Theriot (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Theriot (10)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Cashner-Soto-Lee|
|Carlos Silva (L,8-1)||7||7||2||2||2||6||0||2.89|
|IBB - Nix by Carlos Silva|
|HBP - Pierzynski (by Carlos Silva), Rios (by Carlos Silva), Konerko (by Carlos Marmol)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 121-79, Andrew Cashner 17-9, Carlos Marmol 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 10-5, Andrew Cashner 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 32, Andrew Cashner 5, Carlos Marmol 4|
|Attendance - 40397|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|