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Konerko supplies the runs with two homers

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mark Buehrle wasted little time shutting down the
Seattle Mariners -- except Ichiro Suzuki.

Buehrle gave up just three hits to Suzuki and struck out a
career-high 12, and Paul Konerko hit a pair of home runs to lead
the Chicago White Sox over the Seattle 2-1 Saturday in a brisk 1
hour, 39 minutes.

"He's unbelievable, the best to play behind," Konerko said.
"He grabs the ball and throws it for strikes and nobody is hitting
it hard."

Buehrle (2-1) was dominant in his 16th career complete game,
needing just 106 pitches -- 73 strikes -- and only walking one.

"I was locating my fastball probably the best I was ever
locating it," Buehrle said. "I was hitting my location and
keeping guys off balance. I was hitting the corners; I don't throw
the ball down the middle."

Buehrle lost his shutout bid in the ninth inning when Suzuki
tripled and scored on Adrian Beltre's groundout to first.

"I can't seem to get that guy out," Buehrle said. "He's the
best hitter I've ever faced."

Buehrle outdueled Ryan Franklin (1-1) as the White Sox posted
their eighth straight victory over the Mariners, a streak that
started last July 9.

Franklin allowed two runs and four hits over eight innings. He
struck out three without walking a batter.

But Buehrle was the ace as the White Sox improved to 8-3, their
best start since 1982.

"He (Buehrle) has his own tempo and his own rhythm," Suzuki
said through a translator. "Today he was able to pitch on his own,
what he wanted to do and the pitch that he wanted to throw."

White Sox catcher Chris Widger, who singled off Franklin, said
Buehrle had full command of his pitching repertoire.

"He's aggressive and has four very good pitches," Widger said.
"Take the best hitter in baseball out and you've got something
special today."

After Suzuki opened the game with a single, Buehrle retired the
next 11 hitters before walking Bret Boone with two outs in the
fourth.

Following Boone's walk, Buehrle retired five straight before
Suzuki singled with one out in the sixth.

Konerko's solo shot gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the second. His
fifth homer of the season landed halfway up the left-field
bleachers.

In the sixth, Suzuki became Seattle's first baserunner to reach
second. After his single, Suzuki advanced on Randy Winn's
groundout, but was left stranded when Beltre bounced out.

Konerko led off the seventh with his second homer, also to left
field. It was Konerko's first multihomer game this season and 12th
of his career.

Konerko leads the majors with six homers, but he was just
1-for-19 entering Saturday.

"I'm just trying to be the toughest out I can be," Konerko
said. "I'm not looking for home runs, I'm just trying to scrape
out some hits.

Game notes
Buehrle has lasted at least six innings in 31 straight
starts. ... Seattle 1B Richie Sexson missed his second straight
game with the flu. ... Franklin made his second start on Saturday
after beginning the season in the Mariners' bullpen. He switched to
the rotation when LHP Bobby Madritsch went on the DL April 7. ...
With Saturday's victory the White Sox won their fourth straight
series. They have won all four this season.