Five-Run First, Buehrle Beat Indians 7-2

Mark Buehrle improved his record to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.23 with Thursday nights 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Buehrle, who has now given up just three runs in 22 innings pitched, gave up one run in seven innings, while getting help from his offense, most notably Sandy Alomar.

Alomar went 3-3 with two RBIs and a walk in the game. His first RBI coming as the fifth and final run of the first inning, and the second being the seventh and final run of the game in the eighth.

The Sox connected for five hits in the first, two for infield singles. It all started with a one out, back-to-back walks to Jose Valentin and Frank Thomas. A Magglio Ordonez RBI-single and Paul Konerko infield single put the Sox up 1-0 and loaded the bases.

Brian Daubach, who played left and went 0-4, flied out for the second out, but three straight singles by Joe Crede, Armando Rios and Alomar put the Sox up 5-0. Rios drove in two with this hit and finished the game 2-4.

With Buehrle keeping the Indians off the board, the Sox' offense was hitless in the next three innings before Ordonez hit his second homer of the season and eighth RBI, putting the Sox up 6-0.

The Indians scored their first run in the sixth off Buehrle, with a two-out RBI-single by Ellis Burks, and the second coming by a base-loaded walk to Travis Hafner in the eighth. Damaso Marte issued the walk, but it was charged to Tom Gordon, who gave up a hit and two walks in 1/3 of an inning. Marte struck out the final two batters to end the inning, and threw a 1-2-3, 10-pitch ninth to end the game.

The Sox will now travel to Detroit to play against the Tigers on Friday night at 6:05 CT. Esteban Loaiza is scheduled to start against Adam Bernero.

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