CHICAGO (AP) -The way
had been pitching, this looked like a mismatch. It turned out to be just that, only with a twist his team welcomed.
Buehrle took a shutout into the eighth and the
Chicago White Sox
his first loss in 2 1/2 months, hanging on to beat the
Boston Red Sox
5-3 Friday night.
''It's the Mark we've seen most of the time,'' manager
But not lately.
The AL Central leaders saw the Buehrle of old and hung on after
hit a three-run homer off
in the eighth.
led off the bottom half with his AL-leading 31st homer off
and his second in as many games, while
pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
the last time they met, outscoring them 46-7 while taking four games at U.S. Cellular Field last Aug. 24-26. It was a different
story this time.
Lester (10-4) suffered his first loss since May 25 after going 7-0 in his previous 11 starts. He allowed four runs and six
hits in seven innings.
''I threw the ball a lot better than the linescore said,'' Lester said. ''I just really got outpitched. There's nothing really
more to say.''
had won five of six but couldn't get anything going against Buehrle (9-10), who allowed just four hits and tied a season-high
with eight strikeouts while walking two after losing his previous two starts. It was a sharp contrast from last week's outing
at Kansas City, where he allowed eight runs and 14 hits - tying and setting season-highs - over 4 1-3 innings in sweltering
''That last start, I was trying to get out alive,'' he said. ''I didn't care if I gave up 100 runs that game; I was so beat
out there. I was so exhausted out there.''
This time, he left to a standing ovation with the
leading 4-0 after
led off the eighth with a single, but the cheers quickly turned to groans as the
came charging back against Dotel.
He walked J.D. Drew with one out, and Pedroia made it a one-run game when he drove a 2-2 pitch to the left-field bullpen for
his 10th homer.
came in and retired
on a grounder to second. D.J. Carrasco then walked
and fell behind 2-0 to
before he fouled out to the catcher, ending the rally, and the
hung on to remain a half-game ahead of Minnesota in the division.
''He was attacking the zone with like nine pitches, it seemed like,'' Pedroia said. ''He was tough, man.''
Lester gave up a sacrifice fly to A.J. Pierzynski in the third and a two-run double by
in the fifth, making it 3-0. The
got another run in the seventh when Pierzynski got caught in a rundown heading to second after knocking a single off the right-field
wall, allowing Cabrera to score from first with two out.
''I think A.J. was not hustling on the play,'' Guillen said. ''He hit the ball and pretty much thought it was out of play.''
He did credit Pierzynski for a nice recovery, though.
''When I hit it and Drew caught it, I didn't know where it went,'' Pierzynski said. ''I thought it kicked away from him. ...
Just trying to make something positive here, hoping we can get a run to score. O.C. did a good job reading the throws.''