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Indians 8, White Sox 4: Buehrle busts in sixth

Lonnie Chisenhall rounds the bases after his second homer off Mark Buehrle.
Lonnie Chisenhall rounds the bases after his second homer off Mark Buehrle.

The game tied at 2, two outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning, Mark Buehrle had an 0-2 count on Lonnie Chisenhall.

One rolling curveball later, the Indians had a 4-2 lead. And before Buehrle -- and, eventually, Will Ohman -- could retire another Indian, Cleveland extended its lead to 7-2.

Buehrle didn't pitch poorly as his line indicated (5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K), because his only real problem was a high slider to Chisenhall that turned into his first two-run homer of the evening. He just backloaded his suck, and now he's given up 14 earned runs over his last nine innings.

For the first five innings, he was pitch for pitch with Jeanmar Gomez, a sinker-slider pitcher whom the Sox didn't square up very well.

They did put together an offensive attack in the third by taking what Gomez gave them. Gordon Beckham started the inning with an inside-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Juan Pierre's double to left-center. Pierre then moved up on Alexei Ramirez's flyout to right, and scored on Paul Konerko's sac fly in the same direction. A.J. Pierzynski ended the inning with a flyout to center, meaning the Sox didn't pull one ball in their two-run inning.

But Gomez kept them off-balance otherwise, and the game turned into a yawner after Buehrle exited.

Addison Reed provided a reason to watch with his electric inning. He struck out the side on 17 pitches, showcasing his major-league fastball. He got four swings-and-misses out of 11 heaters, and also recorded a strikeout on his changeup.

Also, Alejandro De Aza did this:

Record: 72-71 | Box score | Play-by-play