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From bad to worse: Loss to White Sox 11th in row for lowly Pirates

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Put an interleague game on the schedule, and there's no better pitcher than Mark Buehrle.

Especially when he's opposing a team like the Pirates, who couldn't be playing much worse.

Buehrle allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings to become the winningest pitcher since interleague play began, and the White Sox ran the Pirates' losing streak to 11 games by holding on to win 5-4 Thursday.

Buehrle's 22 victories since interleague play began in 1997 top the 21 each by Mike Mussina and Jamie Moyer. Buehrle's 22-6 record and .786 winning percentage are easily the best of the five pitchers who have won at least 20 games against the opposing league.

"I think it's to my advantage when I don't see teams too often," Buehrle said. "I have faced some hitters 80-100 times in my career, so it's kind of like what do you try to do to trick them? I think when you see teams and hitters only every two or three years, it's to my advantage."

Buehrle (5-6) was in control until being pulled with the White Sox leading 5-1 in the eighth, when the Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge had RBI singles as the Pirates scored three times against three pitchers.

Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates' much-awaited rookie who made his major league debut Wednesday, struck out for the third time with runners on first and third to end the comeback. Alvarez went hitless in four at-bats, also grounding into a double play after the Pirates put two on with one out while trailing 3-0 in the fourth.

Alvarez received the first boos of his big league career after his final strikeout, although though the fans appeared to be reacting to the missed opportunity and the losing streak rather than to him.

"I didn't hear it," said Alvarez, who was matched against left-hander Matt Thornton in the eighth after going hitless in three at-bats against Buehrle. "I'm starting my career facing some of the best pitching in the league and I'm still optimistic."

Some Pirates players thought the boos for Alvarez were a bit much, even with the Pirates stuck in their second-longest losing streak in 55 years. The 2006 team lost 13 in a row.

With Bobby Jenks pitching the ninth inning for his 13th save in 14 opportunities, the White Sox swept the three-game series and won their seventh in eight games. Left fielder Juan Pierre made an excellent sliding catch of pinch-hitter Delwyn Young's drive down the line with one out in the ninth.

Buehrle wasn't scheduled to start against the Pirates despite his 4-0 record in five starts against them, but was moved up a night because of Jake Peavy's sore shoulder. He gave up six hits.

"A lot of people will say, 'Well, you played Pittsburgh,' " manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It doesn't matter. We've got to compete no matter what kind of ballclub we see."

Carlos Quentin, extending his offensive surge, had a pair of doubles and drove in a run against Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf (0-5), who is winless in 13 starts since Aug. 18. Ohlendorf gave up five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, including Quentin's RBI double during a two-run third inning and Juan Pierre's RBI triple in a two-run seventh.

"I wish I had been able to pitch better because our offense did a great job of coming back and making a game of it," Ohlendorf said.

Quentin boosted his average from .201 to .213 by getting four hits and driving in three during the final two games of the series.

Gordon Beckham, who began the series with a .204 average, had a sacrifice fly in the second for his fourth RBI of the series and doubled to start the seventh.

Pittsburgh's latest loss occurred a few hours after team president Frank Coonelly revealed that the club extended general manager Neal Huntington contract through 2011 and picked up manager John Russell's option for 2011 during the offseason.

Notes

  • The Pirates are winless since June 5 and are 2-12 this month.
  • The 1955 Pirates also lost 11 in a row from May 11-22.
  • The Pirates didn't commit an error after having more errors (6) than hits (5) during a 7-2 loss on Wednesday.
  • The White Sox hadn't swept a three-game road series since June 29-July 1 in Cleveland. They didn't homer in the series.
  • Chicago has won 23 of its last 31 interleague games.
 
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Mark Buehrle is 4-0 against the Pirates and becomes the pitcher with the most wins, 21, in interleague play. (AP)
Mark Buehrle is 4-0 against the Pirates and becomes the pitcher with the most wins, 21, in interleague play. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

N. Walker
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF5221010 .251
Omar Vizquel, 3B4121000 .253
Alex Rios, CF4000021 .313
Paul Konerko, 1B3011002 .294
Carlos Quentin, RF4121001 .213
A.J. Pierzynski, C4020002 .236
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010003 .260
Gordon Beckham, 2B3111001 .208
Mark Buehrle, P2000021 .000
    Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
    Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .203
    Bobby Jenks, P0000000 .000
Totals34511505  
a-grounded out for Thornton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin 2 (14, Ohlendorf, Ohlendorf), A.J. Pierzynski (15, Carrasco), Gordon Beckham (9, Ohlendorf)
3B - Juan Pierre (1, Ohlendorf)
SF - Paul Konerko (3), Gordon Beckham (2)
SH - Mark Buehrle (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre (9), Omar Vizquel (12), Paul Konerko (48), Carlos Quentin (36), Gordon Beckham (16)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (11)
SB - Omar Vizquel (2, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Doumit)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Konerko-A. Ramirez
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,5-6) 7.1622161 4.71
Sergio Santos0222100 2.49
Matt Thornton (H,7) 0.2100010 3.58
Bobby Jenks (S,13) 1000020 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 109-70, Sergio Santos 12-6, Matt Thornton 7-6, Bobby Jenks 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 12-2
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Sergio Santos 3, Matt Thornton 3, Bobby Jenks 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Tabata, LF3110100 .259
Neil Walker, 2B4221001 .289
Andrew McCutchen, CF4021000 .317
Garrett Jones, 1B3011010 .274
Lastings Milledge, RF3021100 .266
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4000034 .000
Ryan Doumit, C4000011 .263
Bobby Crosby, SS3000010 .218
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000000 .228
Ross Ohlendorf, P2000020 .077
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Andy LaRoche, PH1110000 .235
    Evan Meek, P0000000 .000
   c- Ryan Church, PH1000010 .178
Totals3349429  
a-flied out for Crosby in the 9th
b-doubled for Carrasco in the 8th
c-struck out for Meek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (16, Buehrle), Andy LaRoche (7, Buehrle)
HR - Neil Walker (2, Buehrle)
SF - Garrett Jones (4)
RBI - Neil Walker (9), Andrew McCutchen (21), Garrett Jones (42), Lastings Milledge (18)
2-OUT RBI - Lastings Milledge (7)
CS - Andrew McCutchen (6, 2nd base by Buehrle/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Walker-Crosby
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ross Ohlendorf (L,0-5) 6.1955040 5.22
Joel Hanrahan 0.2100010 4.76
D.J. Carrasco 1100000 3.47
Evan Meek 1000000 0.70
HBP - Vizquel (by Ross Ohlendorf)
WP - Joel Hanrahan (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 87-61, Joel Hanrahan 11-5, D.J. Carrasco 15-10, Evan Meek 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 9-5, Joel Hanrahan 1-0, Evan Meek 2-1
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 28, Joel Hanrahan 3, D.J. Carrasco 4, Evan Meek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23170
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman