Buehrle wins four-hit, complete game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter for
his fourth complete game of the season, leading the Chicago White
Sox over the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Thursday night.

Buehrle (16-10) retired 18 straight after giving up two runs in
the second inning. He struck out a season-high eight and walked
none in handing the Royals their sixth consecutive loss.

Making his final start of 2004, Buehrle set the franchise record
for innings pitched in a season with 245 1-3 -- a career high. He
surpassed Bartolo Colon's record of 242 established last year.

Aaron Rowand hit a three-run home run in a five-run eighth for
Chicago. Jamie Burke and Willie Harris added RBI singles.

Joe Borchard broke a 2-all tie in the seventh with a solo home
run to left-center field off reliever Shawn Camp (2-2), his eighth
of the year. Juan Uribe went 3-for-5 with his 23rd homer and added
an RBI single.

Chicago tied it at 2 in the fifth when Burke led off the inning
with a walk, advanced on a throwing error by Chris George and
scored on Uribe's single. It was the 92nd unearned run of the
season by Kansas City -- tied for second in the American League
coming into Thursday's games with the Boston Red Sox.

The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on catcher
Burke's fielding error and an RBI-double by Desi Relaford.

Matt Stairs broke for home on John Buck's slow grounder to
third. The throw beat him home by several steps, but Burke couldn't
hang on to the ball. Calvin Pickering then singled and scored on
Relaford's double down the right-field line.

George, making an emergency start for injured left-hander Jimmy
Gobble, went 4 2-3 innings. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on
four hits and one walk. Gobble was scratched from his start after
an MRI revealed a problem in his lower back.

Game notes
The White Sox activated left-hander Scott Schoeneweis from
the 15-day disabled list. Schoeneweis, sidelined since Aug. 5 with
inflammation in his left elbow, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug.
13. ... George allowed his first home run of the season in 40 2-3
innings. ... Carlos Lee has not made an error in 145 games this
season. ... Buehrle has gone at least six innings in 28 consecutive