CHICAGO (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen never considered pulling Mark Buehrle, not even after two disastrous innings and a blown three-run lead.
His starter settled down to win.
After giving up six runs in the first two innings, Buehrle (6-1)
retired nine straight batters. Chicago's batters overcame a pair of
three-run homers by Jim Thome with six homers of their own Tuesday
night in a 14-11 White Sox victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
He wound up allowing six runs and nine hits in seven innings,
giving up just one hit after the second inning.
"He was outstanding," Guillen said. "I don't think I expected
Mark to go out and give up eight hits in two innings. He turned it
up a notch and he pitched the way we all know he can pitch."
He got plenty of help, too.
Thomas was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, becoming the
team's leader in doubles with 432. Uribe added a double and
finished 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBI.
"The ball was carrying pretty good," Guillen said. "It was
real interesting to watch. We didn't know what was going to happen.
Even when we were up by six runs, I was still sweating."
With good reason. Thome, who hit a three-run homer in the first,
made things close with another three-run shot in the eighth inning
off Mike Jackson to make it 14-11. Thome tied a career high with
Cliff Politte relieved Jackson, who gave up five runs in an
inning, and got three outs for his first save since joining the
White Sox in the offseason.
"The way the ball was flying out, I was keeping my fingers
crossed that Buehrle would go nine," Politte said. "Buehrle has
done that for us all year. He battles."
The teams combined to hit nine home runs on a hot and humid night.
It's not something Buehrle wants to go through again.
"I've never pitched in Colorado, but if this is what it feels
like, I'm never going to play there," he said.
Chicago batted around in a six-run first off Ryan Madson, who
got just two outs in his first major league start.
Uribe turned on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning for a two-run
homer and added a solo shot in the second, his ninth homer this
After Uribe's home run, Lee and Konerko added solo home runs and Sandy Alomar had a two-run double. The White Sox nearly had a fourth homer in the inning, but Ross Gload's liner to left-center hit inches below the top of the wall for a double.
Lee's fifth home run extended his career-best hitting streak to
23 games, longest in the major leagues this season.
Madson, who entered with a 1.07 ERA in 22 relief appearances,
got the start for injured right-hander Randy Wolf but had allowed six
runs and six hits when he was pulled.
"I'm sure it was nerves a little bit, but he left a lot of
pitches up," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "All the balls
that were hit were up and over the plate. Big-league hitters don't
miss those. It was one of those games."
Philadelphia has lost six of its last eight.
Amaury Telemaco (0-2), who came in with the score 6-all, allowed
four runs, four hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Chicago entered averaging 8.6 runs when Buehrle pitches,
second-highest run support for an AL starter behind Anaheim's
Jarrod Washburn (9).
"I think he takes the guys out to eat every [game]," Guillen
said. "He doesn't need that much run support. He's tremendous."
Thome moved past Joe Carter for 39th on the home run list
with 396. ... The Phillies placed Wolf on the DL retroactive to
June 3 with tendinitis in his left elbow. Closer Billy Wagner, on
the DL with a strained groin, was activated. ... Thomas tied Cal
Ripken for 31st on the home run list at 431. ... The White Sox are
67-55 in interleague play. ... Willie Harris has an 11-game hitting
streak. ... Thome had his first multihomer game of the season, the 33rd of his career. ... It was Uribe's second multihomer game
of the season and the fourth of his career.