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Buehrle tosses second shutout of season

9/1/2002

DETROIT (AP) -- Mark Buehrle made his mark on the Detroit Tigers.

The left-hander scattered seven hits, becoming the first White
Sox pitcher to win 17 games in nine seasons, as Chicago defeated
Detroit 7-0 Sunday afternoon.

Chicago won its season-high fifth in a row. Detroit has lost
four straight and seven in a row at home.

The last White Sox pitcher to win at least 17 games was Jack
McDowell, who was 22-10 in 1993.

Buehrle (17-9) also became the first White Sox lefty to win at
least 17 games since Britt Burns was 18-11 in 1985.

''He had his stuff working well for him today and he was hitting
his spots,'' said Chicago manager Jerry Manuel.

It was the second shutout of the season and fourth career
shutout for Buehrle, who struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
It was also his fourth complete game of the season.

''I threw my sinker more today,'' said Buehrle. ''Kind of went
away from the game plan that I've been doing all year with my
cutter. My sinker was working so good that I stuck with it.''

Mark Redman (8-13) took the loss. He allowed five runs on 10
hits in six-plus innings.

''I fell behind a lot of hitters and the sinking fastball was
sinking so much that I couldn't get a handle on it,'' he said.

The White Sox went up 1-0 in the second inning when Josh Paul's
grounder drove in Carlos Lee from third base.

The Tigers threatened in the fourth after singles by Carlos Pena
and Wendell Magee started the inning. Chris Truby sacrificed, and
Buehrle got a pair of groundouts to escape.

''We can't get going with the bat,'' said Detroit manager Luis
Pujols, who has seen his team score only eight runs in the last
four games.

Chicago made it 2-0 in the fifth on Frank Thomas' RBI double
into the left-field corner. D'Angelo Jimenez had singled and moved
up on a bunt single by Aaron Rowand.

The White Sox stretched their lead to 3-0 in the sixth on Willie
Harris' RBI single, then broke it open with three runs in the
seventh on a RBI double by Paul Konerko and run-scoring singles by
Lee and Joe Crede.

Game notes
Detroit SS Ramon Santiago was in the lineup for the first
time since July 23. He had been sidelined with a fractured right
wrist. ... Detroit's Bobby Higginson has hit in eight of his last
nine games (10-for-33) ... Crede is 11-for-32 with six home runs
and 14 RBI in his last seven games.