CHICAGO (AP) -
never would have predicted he'd have this kind of outing - not based on his warmups.
''Today I was doing the rain dance in the first inning, hoping the rain would come because I felt that bad in the bullpen,''
Buehrle said. ''Today was one of those days where I hope I don't feel like this too often.''
It's a good thing the dance didn't work.
Buehrle pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to lead the
Chicago White Sox
to a 4-0 victory over the
Kansas City Royals
on Wednesday night.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit an RBI single in the first inning then made a sliding catch in the second, and
added an RBI double to help keep the
a half-game ahead of the
in the AL Central.
played without slugger
for the second straight game. Quentin, who is tied for the major league lead with 32 home runs, was struck on the left forearm
by a pitch from
on Monday night. He has been hit by a pitch in five straight games - the first player since 1920 with that long of a streak,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He has been hit 19 times overall - most in the majors.
said Quentin will be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Buehrle (10-10) escaped a jam in the third to maintain the
's 2-0. With runners on second and third, he struck out
The left-hander struck out five and walked none in improving to 7-3 at home with a 2.72 ERA. Buehrle is 18-8 lifetime against
the Royals, but in his last outing against Kansas City, he gave up eight runs on 14 hits in just 4 1-3 innings.
''It's one of those things that are going to happen and you got to throw them out,'' he said. ''You're not going to get anywhere
by thinking about your last start, or what happened the last time against these guys.''
led off the first with a grounder deep in the hole at shortstop for an infield single and advanced to second when Tony Pena
Jr.'s throw sailed over first baseman
's head for an error. Cabrera advanced to third on A.J. Pierzynski's sacrifice.
Dye then doubled to center for a 1-0 lead. After a walk to
, Griffey hit a single to right, scoring Dye from second, and is batting .200 in 30 at-bats for Chicago.
In the top of the second, Griffey helped Buehrle in the field by making a sliding catch on
's ball with a runner on first.
''It's hard when you (get) traded, you put a lot of pressure on yourself. I think Junior has swung the bat better the last
couple of days,'' Guillen said. ''Hopefully little by little he gets there. He's fine.''
led off the fifth inning with a single.
, making his first major league start at second base, singled with Uribe running on the pitch. Uribe then advanced to third
and scored on Pierzynski's groundout to put the
(6-11) allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one but got little help from his
offense that was shutout for the second consecutive day.
''We had seven quality at-bats tonight in 32 plate appearances. We have to swing at better pitches. ... That's pathetic,''
Royals manager Trey Hillman said. ''When you have seven quality at-bats in 32 plate appearances you're not going to beat anybody,
much less a first place team.''
Hochevar was happy with his performance after the first inning.
''I really feel that I executed the ball down in the zone after the first inning. I settled in and made a lot of pitches.
I was ahead in the count and got the counts in my favor,'' Hochevar. For the most part, in my last four starts I feel like
I've been inducing a lot of groundballs and pitching to my game.''
Konerko made it 4-0 with an RBI single in the eighth off Royals reliever
agreed to terms on a minor league contract with INF Gordon Beckham. He was the eighth overall pick in the draft. ...
was given the night off. ...
will make his first start of the season on Thursday against the Royals. ...
pitching delivered back-to-back shutouts. The last time they did it was April 12-13 against Detroit.