Sox, Buehrle Take Series with 5-1 Win

(SN Report #541) - Mark Buehrle picked up his third straight win, fifth of the season, and first complete game of the season on Thursday afternoon as the White Sox won the series, winning game three, 5-1.

Along with that, Buehrle threw a season-high 127 pitches and nine strikeouts, while walking two and giving up five hits. Buehrle is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 2.31 ERA.

The lone run off Buehrle came in the ninth on a Corey Koskie RBI-double, scoring Denny Hocking, who singled.

Like Wednesday night's second-time-around, five-run outburst, the White Sox were hitless off Twins' starter Brad Radke through the first time around before a two-out rally in the third scored two runs.

Sandy Alomar Jr. started it off with a single and scored on a double by D'Angelo Jimenez. Aaron Rowand then put the Sox up 2-0 with a RBI-single.

The Sox cooled off over the next couple innings before back-to-back singles by Magglio Ordonez and Brian Daubach set-up some aggressive baserunning two batters later on a Jose Valentin double.

Valentin, who went 2-4 with a double and triple, hit the ball through the infield and in the right-center gap, easily scoring Ordonez and allowing Daubach to take a chance at home, forcing the bad throw which ended in the Twins dugout. Valentin was running all the way and scored on the throwing error, putting the Sox up 5-0.

Radke went on to pitch eight innings, giving up five runs (four earned). Mike Nakamura threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Alomar went 1-3 in his first start since returning from the disabled list, while Paul Konerko made his first start at first base since June 15, going 0-4. Rowand started in center in place of Willie Harris and went 1-4. Carlos Lee went 1-4, picking up eighth stolen base.

The Sox will now head back to Chicago to play the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field for a three-game set starting on Friday at 1:05 p.m. CT. Danny Wright is scheduled to start against Matt Clement.

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