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Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2004 7:16 PM EDT
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CHI WHITE SOX 10, ATLANTA 3
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Ozzie Guillen 's confidence in Joe Crede may be starting to pay off.

Crede homered, drove in three runs and scored three times as the Chicago White Sox rolled to a 10-3 rout of the Atlanta Braves .

The White Sox manager, Guillen said earlier this week that he would continue to give at-bats to Crede, who hit just over .200 in the first two months of the season. The 26-year-old third baseman has responded, going 3-for-7 with four walks and four RBI.

Crede reached base four times, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning and drawing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth. He also walked in the fourth and seventh innings, scoring on doubles by Juan Uribe and rookie Jamie Burke .

Burke, who entered the game 0-for-3 this season, had three hits, three RBI and the first extra-base hit of his career. He had been 4-for-16 with two RBI in 21 career games.

Frank Thomas homered for the fourth time in five games as the White Sox provided plenty of support for starter Mark Buehrle (7-1), who allowed three runs and eight hits in a season-high eight innings.

Buehrle, who struck out four without a walk, has won six consecutive decisions since his only loss of the season on April 20.

"I just went out there and tried to get people out," he said. "I had better stuff last game. Today, I felt I had everything going the first few innings and after that, I didn't feel like I had very much."

Chicago's Carlos Lee had a double and two singles to extend his hitting streak to 27 games - tying the franchise record set by Luke Appling in 1936 and matched by Albert Belle in 1997.

"It was really exciting and nice to do it in front of the home fans," said Lee, who received a standing ovation. "I'm just going one game at a time, and trying to do my best. If the streak ends tomorrow, I won't care unless it's a situation where I didn't give myself a chance, then I'll be mad about it."

Atlanta starter Travis Smith (0-3) surrendered four runs and seven hits in four innings. He was replaced by Juan Cruz , who was tagged for four runs in three innings.

"I just have to work on my location better to righties, like I do to lefties," Smith said. "If I can do that, I should be fine. I needed to go out there and give us seven strong innings, and I didn't do that."

"I thought (Smith's) ball was moving, but when he gets in trouble, the ball just goes straight down the middle," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "I think the White Sox just hit everything."

Thomas homered in the first inning and Crede made it 3-0 with two outs in the second. Uribe hit a run-scoring double three batters later and added another in the fourth for a 5-1 cushion.

Chicago put away the game in the fifth, when Lee and Jose Valentin hit consecutive singles before Cruz hit Timo Perez to load the bases with one out. Crede walked and Burke singled to plate Valentin and Perez for an 8-1 cushion.


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