Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/6)

Game 1: Friday, August 5
Chi White Sox2
Game 2: Saturday, August 6
Chi White Sox4
Game 3: Sunday, August 7
Chi White Sox3

Mariners 2

(47-62, 22-34 away)

White Sox 4

(71-38, 35-22 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 6, 2005

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Buehrle (14-4)

    L: J. Moyer (9-4)

    S: D. Hermanson (27)

    Konerko homer paces Sox; Buehrle wins 13th

    CHICAGO (AP) -- This was the formula the Chicago White Sox had followed until recently, the one that led to the best record in baseball.

    They ran. They played good defense. They got strong pitching, and made the most of their four hits.

    Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer, leading the White Sox over the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Saturday.

    "I feel like we're back to ourselves -- no hitting, great pitching, great defense," Konerko said.

    Buehrle (13-4) outpitched Jamie Moyer, scattering seven hits, striking out three and walking none. Dustin Hermanson earned his 27th save in 28 opportunities for the White Sox, who had lost three of four.

    Konerko's 26th homer highlighted Chicago's three-run first inning against Moyer, who has been bothered by back stiffness and made his first start since July 27. The White Sox added a run in the eighth when Scott Podsednik walked, stole second and scored on Tadahito Iguchi's single.

    Ichiro Suzuki had two hits for Seattle, snapping a career-worst 0-for-22 slump with an infield single leading off the game. Willie Bloomquist was 3-for-4 with a double.

    Moyer (9-4) retired 16 of the next 17 batters after Konerko's homer. He pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and four hits.

    "I threw all right, but I made some mistakes," Moyer said. "It was a bad pitch in the first inning. I elevated it a little bit and caught too much of the plate."

    Buehrle, who was ejected in the sixth inning of his last start for hitting Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff, allowed a run in the sixth. The Mariners scored another off Cliff Politte in the eighth on two-out doubles by Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre, but left a runner at second with two outs in the ninth when Suzuki grounded out.

    Suzuki led off the game with his first hit since a home run July 30 -- a slow roller to short that a charging Juan Uribe tried to barehand. Bloomquist also singled, but Buehrle retired the next three batters.

    The White Sox then scored three times in the bottom half.

    Scott Podsednik's hard grounder down the third-base line slipped under the glove of Beltre for an error. After advancing to second on Tadahito Iguchi's grounder, Podsednik stole third and scored on Aaron Rowand's single to shallow center.

    Konerko then homered to left on a 1-2 pitch.

    The White Sox had averaged 3.3 runs in their previous four. With Frank Thomas likely out for the rest of the season with a foot injury and Carl Everett missing his second game with a strained groin, Joe Crede was the designated hitter. Jermaine Dye, a career .195 hitter against Moyer, had the night off.

    "That's how bad we're hitting -- we've got Joe Crede as the DH," manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game. "I was making fun of myself. I was like, 'Wow, how bad are we when we've got Crede as the DH?"

    Suzuki led off the sixth with a single and Bloomquist doubled into the left-field corner to put runners at second and third. Raul Ibanez drove in a run with a groundout to second, and Buehrle saved another when he deflected a line drive by Sexson -- a shot that knocked the glove off the pitcher's right hand. Buehrle threw out Sexson and stuck out Beltre to end the inning.

    "Any time I get a ball up the middle, I just try to knock it down and keep it on the infield," Buehrle said.

    Moyer called it "self defense" and said, "you can determine whether it was the best play of the game."

    Sexson called it "the horseshoe effect. He and the whole White Sox team have luck going for them right now."

    Chicago won for just the fifth time in 15 games at U.S. Cellular Field. Podsednik scored twice and stole two bases, increasing his major league-leading total to 54, despite going 0-for-3. He has four hits in his last 35 at-bats.

    "When he does have his good games and he's seeing the ball well and he's getting on base, it just seems like our game flows better," Konerko said. "But at the same time, the rest of our lineup can't rely on the fact that Scott has to play well for us to win. That's too much heat to put on one guy."

    Game notes

    With attendance at 37,529, the White Sox extended their franchise record with their 12th sellout. ... Podsednik is 16-for-16 stealing third after his swipe in the first inning.

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