Series: Game 1 of 2

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 6/8)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 8
Chi White Sox14
Game 2: Wednesday, June 9
Chi White Sox10
Game 3: Thursday, June 10
Chi White Sox

Phillies 11

(29-27, 15-14 away)

White Sox 14

(31-24, 18-10 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 8, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    PHI 330000023 11 15 0
    CWS 62212001 - 14 15 0

    W: M. Buehrle (6-1)

    L: A. Telemaco (0-2)

    S: C. Politte (1)

    Uribe, Konerko homer twice, as does Thome

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen never considered pulling Mark Buehrle, not even after two disastrous innings and a blown three-run lead.

    His starter settled down to win.

    After giving up six runs in the first two innings, Buehrle (6-1) retired nine straight batters. Chicago's batters overcame a pair of three-run homers by Jim Thome with six homers of their own Tuesday night in a 14-11 White Sox victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Goin' Deep
    The Phillies and White Sox combined for nine home runs in the Sox's 14-11 win on Tuesday. Here's a breakdown of the homers:

    Phillies (3)
    1st inning: Jim Thome, three-run HR.
    2nd inning: Jason Michaels, solo HR.
    9th inning: Thome, three-run HR.

    White Sox (6)
    1st inning: Juan Uribe, two-run HR; Carlos Lee, solo HR; Paul Konerko, solo HR.
    2nd inning: Uribe, solo HR; Frank Thomas, solo HR.
    4th inning: Konerko, solo HR.

    He wound up allowing six runs and nine hits in seven innings, giving up just one hit after the second inning.

    "He was outstanding," Guillen said. "I don't think I expected Mark to go out and give up eight hits in two innings. He turned it up a notch and he pitched the way we all know he can pitch."

    He got plenty of help, too.

    Juan Uribe and Paul Konerko both homered twice, and Frank Thomas and Carlos Lee also connected. Chicago's six homers were one shy of the team record set in 1955 against Kansas City.

    Thomas was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, becoming the team's leader in doubles with 432. Uribe added a double and finished 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBI.

    "The ball was carrying pretty good," Guillen said. "It was real interesting to watch. We didn't know what was going to happen. Even when we were up by six runs, I was still sweating."

    With good reason. Thome, who hit a three-run homer in the first, made things close with another three-run shot in the eighth inning off Mike Jackson to make it 14-11. Thome tied a career high with six RBI.

    Cliff Politte relieved Jackson, who gave up five runs in an inning, and got three outs for his first save since joining the White Sox in the offseason.

    "The way the ball was flying out, I was keeping my fingers crossed that Buehrle would go nine," Politte said. "Buehrle has done that for us all year. He battles."

    The teams combined to hit nine home runs on a hot and humid night. It's not something Buehrle wants to go through again.

    "I've never pitched in Colorado, but if this is what it feels like, I'm never going to play there," he said.

    Chicago batted around in a six-run first off Ryan Madson, who got just two outs in his first major league start.

    Uribe turned on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning for a two-run homer and added a solo shot in the second, his ninth homer this season.

    After Uribe's home run, Lee and Konerko added solo home runs and Sandy Alomar had a two-run double. The White Sox nearly had a fourth homer in the inning, but Ross Gload's liner to left-center hit inches below the top of the wall for a double.

    Lee's fifth home run extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games, longest in the major leagues this season.

    Madson, who entered with a 1.07 ERA in 22 relief appearances, got the start for injured right-hander Randy Wolf but had allowed six runs and six hits when he was pulled.

    "I'm sure it was nerves a little bit, but he left a lot of pitches up," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "All the balls that were hit were up and over the plate. Big-league hitters don't miss those. It was one of those games."

    Philadelphia has lost six of its last eight.

    Amaury Telemaco (0-2), who came in with the score 6-all, allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.

    Philadelphia got two runs in the eighth on Marlon Byrd's RBI double and Jimmy Rollins' run-scoring single.

    Chicago entered averaging 8.6 runs when Buehrle pitches, second-highest run support for an AL starter behind Anaheim's Jarrod Washburn (9).

    "I think he takes the guys out to eat every [game]," Guillen said. "He doesn't need that much run support. He's tremendous."

    Game notes

    Thome moved past Joe Carter for 39th on the home run list with 396. ... The Phillies placed Wolf on the DL retroactive to June 3 with tendinitis in his left elbow. Closer Billy Wagner, on the DL with a strained groin, was activated. ... Thomas tied Cal Ripken for 31st on the home run list at 431. ... The White Sox are 67-55 in interleague play. ... Willie Harris has an 11-game hitting streak. ... Thome had his first multihomer game of the season, the 33rd of his career. ... It was Uribe's second multihomer game of the season and the fourth of his career.

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