It was obvious Mark Buehrle (2-2) was off his game, as he gave up a career high 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings pitched. Buehrle never seemed to settle in after a rocky first inning. Buehrle gave up back to back homers to Ellis Burks and Shane Spencer, the first of the season for each, as Cleveland took an early 3-0 lead.
Buehrle exited in the fifth inning, after Casey Blake's two-run double for a 6-1 advantage. When Josh Bard followed with an RBI single off reliever Gary Glover, Buehrle's day was in the books, and the Sox were in a 7-1 hole.
Jason Davis was the recipient of the offensive outburst. Davis, (2-2) wasn't great, giving up three runs, seven hits, over 6 2/3 innings pitched, but was good enough to earn the win.
D'Angelo Jimenez and Carlos Lee both homered for the Sox, while Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the sixth. For Lee it was his fourth consecutive game in which he homered. He's driven in 10 runs in that time span. Jimenez' three hits on the day rose his average to .379.
The four-game series concludes Monday, with Jon Garland taking the mound against righty Jake Westbrook (0-2). Garland (0-1) will be looking to build off of an impressive start against the Royals, in which went seven innings giving up only one earned run. Game time is 1:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Net Chicago.