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Buehrle KO's KC

July 2, at Kansas City

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Short Take: Sox make it six in a row behind another masterful performance by Mark Buehrle.

Mark Buehrle pitched a shut out into the 9th inning, making sure the Sox season-long winning streak wasn't cut short at the hands of Bruce Chen, who was looking for his 1st Major League win since October 2, 2005.  Even though the Sox bats were cooled by the veteran lefty, Buehrle was simply brilliant as the Sox topped Kansas City 4-1 and took sole possession of 2nd place in the A.L. Central.

Buehrle wasn't as sharp early, but no fear, the Royals lived up to their recent mediocre history, ending the 1st and 2nd innings by getting doubled up on fly balls to Brian Anderson in center and Jermaine Dye in right respectively.  Though Chen breezed through the Sox lineup the 1st time around, the Sox finally put a run on the board in the 4th when Jayson Nix homered to left field to lead off the inning and while the results on the scoreboard weren't exactly up to par, the Sox continued to hit Chen hard, unfortunately, routinely right at fielders.  Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye each had line drives to deep pockets of the outfield that were caught and Brian Anderson ripped a smoking line drive that would have been easy extra bases had it not been for Mark Teahen standing directly in its path.

Buehrle and Chen dueled until the 7th, when Jim Thome doubled and Konerko singled to open the frame, ending Chen's night and brining out Ron Mahay.  With a chance to blow the game wide open, A.J. Pierzynski's rough night continued, as he grounded the 1st pitch right to Willie Bloomquist at short, though he thankfully opted to turn the double play rather than make an attempt to throw out Thome at the plate.  Anderson manufactured the Sox's 3rd run of the game in the 8th when he worked a 1-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came home on an RBI single by Scott Podsednik.  Gordon Beckham rounded out the night for the Sox offense in the 9th, recording an RBI in his 4th straight game by beating out an attempted double play that allowed Josh Fields, pinch running for Thome, to score.

Ozzie gave Buehrle the opportunity to get his first complete game shut out since his no-hitter in 2007, but the pesky Royals wouldn't play ball.  Alberto Callaspo blooped a double down the right field line to start the 9th, and after Buehrle got Mitch Maier to fly out for the 1st out, David DeJesus, on a check swing, blooped another double to left field, scoring Callaspo and bringing Bobby Jenks into the game who recorded his 19th save of the year by recording 2 easy outs.

Even without their offensive A game, the Sox continue to get it done, manufacturing runs and leaning on their exceptional starting pitching staff, who currently rank 2nd in the American League with a 4.09 ERA.

The Sox and Royals square off again tomorrow in Kansas City.  John Danks makes the start against Zack Greinke.  The last time Danks and Greinke met, the pair dueled to a standstill, as neither factored in the decision in a 7-4 White Sox win on May 31, however, since that game Greinke has been in a relative tailspin, recording a 4.05 ERA and 2-2 record in his last 5 starts.  First pitch is 7:10 PM Central time and the game will be aired on Comcast Sports Net.

WSI's Critic's Corner:  5 stars for 6 wins in a row!

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