Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/24)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 23
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Minnesota1
Game 2: Wednesday, August 24
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Minnesota4
Game 3: Thursday, August 25
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in 10
Minnesota1

White Sox 6

(76-47, 39-20 away)

Twins 4

(67-59, 36-28 home)

8:10 PM ET, August 24, 2005

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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W: M. Buehrle (15-6)

L: J. Mays (6-9)

S: D. Hermanson (31)

Buehrle aided by four double plays against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- After squandering a sparkling performance by Freddy Garcia the night before, the Chicago White Sox weren't about to waste a fine outing by Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle scattered six hits over eight innings, Carl Everett homered and drove in four runs and the White Sox beat Minnesota 6-4 on Wednesday to snap a four-game losing streak to the Twins.

Benefiting from four double plays, Buehrle (14-6) gave up one run and struck out six without allowing a walk to end a personal five-game losing streak against Minnesota -- which beat Garcia 1-0 on one hit on Tuesday.

"That was vintage Mark -- strikes, groundballs, double plays. He didn't walk a batter," said former Twins catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had three hits. "That's why he's one of the best there is. When he's on, he can beat anybody."

Everett had three hits, the first five batters in the lineup went 11-for-22 and Chicago won for only the second time in 10 games.

Matthew LeCroy homered and drove in two runs for Minnesota, which watched starter Joe Mays (6-9) struggle again and threaten his place in the rotation.

"We won, and that's all that matters," said Buehrle, who faced the minimum through five innings. "It was nice to get my confidence back up."

Once Buehrle left, the Twins staged a serious rally -- getting a two-run homer from Nick Punto off Cliff Politte to pull within 6-3 in the ninth. Joe Mauer greeted Damaso Marte with a single, and Dustin Hermanson gave up an RBI double to LeCroy before getting the last two outs for his 31st save.

"We've been reading stories about us choking all year," Hermanson said. "It's nothing new. I just hope the guys aren't reading the paper."

LeCroy spoiled Buehrle's shutout bid with a two-out homer in the seventh, but the Twins dropped to 10½ games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. Second-place Cleveland also lost, falling eight games back. Minnesota is three games behind in the wild-card race, trailing three teams.

"I'm not doing my job," Mays said. "They've got to do what's in the best interest of the team. You've just got to swallow your pride."

While the rest of Minnesota's starting pitchers have surged in the second half, Mays has stumbled -- going 1-6 with a 7.48 ERA after posting marks of 5-3 and 4.13 before the All-Star break. He gave up nine hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings, walking one and hitting one without a strikeout.

Mays had elbow problems throughout 2002 and 2003 before opting for reconstructive surgery that kept him off the mound for nearly 18 months until this spring. That could be a reason why his maximum velocity is to down to about 88 mph, reducing the effectiveness of his best pitch, a sinker.

With top prospects Scott Baker and Francisco Liriano thriving at Triple-A Rochester, a change sounded almost imminent. Manager Ron Gardenhire, however, has a shortage of healthy players and isn't sure how a move would work before teams are allowed to expand their rosters on Sept. 1.

"If you can figure out a way to get a pitcher up here ... you're a little bit smarter than I am right now," Gardenhire said. "We're really stuck here."

After Tadahito Iguchi walked in the first, Everett followed with an upper-deck shot to right field -- his 19th homer of the season -- to put the White Sox up 2-0. Boosted by nifty plays in the field that shortstop Jason Bartlett and second baseman Punto turned into groundouts, Mays settled down until Timo Perez started the disastrous fifth with a bunt single.

Everett raised his RBI total to 72 with a two-run double, and Jermaine Dye finished Mays with an RBI double that made it 5-0. Upon taking Mays out, Gardenhire told him to cover his ears as they braced for boos from the crowd of 32,687.

"They're hootin' because they want to see good performances," Gardenhire said. "But you can't take it personally."

A morose Mays was beyond caring about that.

"I still feel good out there," he said. "I just haven't been able to stop this snowball that's rolling down that hill."

Game notes


An MRI on Minnesota LF Shannon Stewart's shoulder showed no damage, and he's day to day. CF Torii Hunter is probably out for the rest of the regular season because of a broken left ankle, and RF Jacque Jones left the team for two days to attend his uncle's funeral. ... Chicago OF Scott Podsednik, the major league leader in steals who is on the disabled list with a strained groin, will begin a brief rehabilitation assignment this week and is expected to join the team on Monday for a game in Texas.

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