Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chicago leads 1-0 (as of 7/30)

Game 1: Tuesday, July 30
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Minnesota 0
Game 2: Wednesday, July 31
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in 10
Minnesota 2
Game 3: Thursday, August 1
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Minnesota 6

White Sox 3

(51-56, 21-33 away)

Twins 0

(64-43, 35-19 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 30, 2002

    Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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    W: M. Buehrle (14-7)

    L: K. Lohse (10-6)

    Buehrle blanks Twins on five hits

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mark Buehrle bounced back from subpar outing with a dominant effort.

    Mark Buehrle
    Starting Pitcher
    Chicago White Sox
    Profile
    2002 SEASON STATISTICS
    GM W L Sv K ERA
    23 14 7 0 96 3.64

    Buehrle pitched his third career shutout, and Magglio Ordonez hit a three-run homer to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 3-0 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.

    One week after giving up six runs and 10 hits in a win over Minnesota, Buehrle held the Twins to five hits.

    "Last time we got him pretty good,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "This time he got us.''

    Buehrle (14-7) struck out four and walked two, tying for second in the AL in wins. The left-hander is 3-0 this season against the Twins.

    Minnesota leads the White Sox by 13 games in the AL Central.

    Buehrle gave up a leadoff double to Corey Koskie in the ninth, and David Ortiz followed with a single that put runners at first and third.

    Ortiz went to second on a wild pitch, and Buehrle thought he might get pulled from the game. But he settled down after a conference on the mound.

    "They just told me not to worry about the guy on third. They just said, 'Make your pitches, get this guy out,''' Buehrle said.

    Third baseman Joe Crede, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day, threw Koskie out at the plate on Bobby Kielty's grounder.

    Michael Cuddyer grounded into a double play to end it.

    "He had all his pitches working for him tonight,'' Chicago manager Jerry Manuel said. "That was a very strong outing.''

    Buehrle appreciated the chance to finish his second complete game of the year.

    "It's nice to see the manger have confidence in you,'' Buehrle said. "The previous two times, I haven't gotten the job done.''

    Kyle Lohse (10-6) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing six hits. He dropped to 4-1 in seven career games against the White Sox.

    Ordonez hit an 0-2 pitch from Lohse over the center-field wall in the sixth, also scoring Aaron Rowand and Carlos Lee.

    Lohse gave up his second double of the game to Rowand, who went 2-for-4, before walking Lee.

    "One pitch made the difference tonight,'' Lohse said. "I pretty much executed the pitch I wanted -- a fastball up in the zone -- and he did a good job of getting to it.''

    Buehrle got in trouble in the fourth after walking Ortiz and giving up a single to Kielty with one out.

    But Buehrle came back to strike out Cuddyer, and second baseman Willie Harris made a leaping catch to rob Doug Mientkiewicz of an RBI single and end the inning.

    Buehrle retired 10 consecutive batters before Mientkiewicz's single in the seventh. He has set down at least 10 straight six times this season.

    Kielty went 2-for-4 for the Twins.

    Game notes


    Minnesota's Torii Hunter was scratched from the lineup just before the first pitch with a mild left hip flexor strain. He was replaced by Kielty. Hunter said he was injured while taking batting practice about a week ago. "It's not that bad,'' he said. "I just don't want to take more chances of getting hurt.'' ... Buehrle's first-inning walk to Koskie was the first he issued in three games. Buehrle has walked eight in six games against the Twins. ... White Sox first-base coach Gary Pettis was ejected before the top of the fourth for arguing with first-base umpire Gary Cederstrom for not calling a balk on Lohse. ... Chicago's Frank Thomas walked twice to give him 1,250 for his career, passing Ty Cobb for 37th all-time.

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