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Konerko homer paces Sox; Buehrle wins 13th

CHICAGO (AP) -- This was the formula the Chicago White Sox had
followed until recently, the one that led to the best record in
baseball.

They ran. They played good defense. They got strong pitching,
and made the most of their four hits.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven strong innings and Paul Konerko hit a
two-run homer, leading the White Sox over the Seattle Mariners 4-2
Saturday.

"I feel like we're back to ourselves -- no hitting, great
pitching, great defense," Konerko said.

Buehrle (13-4) outpitched Jamie Moyer, scattering seven hits,
striking out three and walking none. Dustin Hermanson earned his
27th save in 28 opportunities for the White Sox, who had lost three
of four.

Konerko's 26th homer highlighted Chicago's three-run first
inning against Moyer, who has been bothered by back stiffness and
made his first start since July 27. The White Sox added a run in
the eighth when Scott Podsednik walked, stole second and scored on
Tadahito Iguchi's single.

Ichiro Suzuki had two hits for Seattle, snapping a career-worst
0-for-22 slump with an infield single leading off the game. Willie
Bloomquist was 3-for-4 with a double.

Moyer (9-4) retired 16 of the next 17 batters after Konerko's
homer. He pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing four runs -- three earned
-- and four hits.

"I threw all right, but I made some mistakes," Moyer said.
"It was a bad pitch in the first inning. I elevated it a little
bit and caught too much of the plate."

Buehrle, who was ejected in the sixth inning of his last start
for hitting Baltimore's B.J. Surhoff, allowed a run in the sixth.
The Mariners scored another off Cliff Politte in the eighth on
two-out doubles by Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre, but left a
runner at second with two outs in the ninth when Suzuki grounded
out.

Suzuki led off the game with his first hit since a home run July
30 -- a slow roller to short that a charging Juan Uribe tried to
barehand. Bloomquist also singled, but Buehrle retired the next
three batters.

The White Sox then scored three times in the bottom half.

Scott Podsednik's hard grounder down the third-base line slipped
under the glove of Beltre for an error. After advancing to second
on Tadahito Iguchi's grounder, Podsednik stole third and scored on
Aaron Rowand's single to shallow center.

Konerko then homered to left on a 1-2 pitch.

The White Sox had averaged 3.3 runs in their previous four. With
Frank Thomas likely out for the rest of the season with a foot
injury and Carl Everett missing his second game with a strained
groin, Joe Crede was the designated hitter. Jermaine Dye, a career
.195 hitter against Moyer, had the night off.

"That's how bad we're hitting -- we've got Joe Crede as the
DH," manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game. "I was making
fun of myself. I was like, 'Wow, how bad are we when we've got
Crede as the DH?"

Suzuki led off the sixth with a single and Bloomquist doubled
into the left-field corner to put runners at second and third. Raul
Ibanez drove in a run with a groundout to second, and Buehrle saved
another when he deflected a line drive by Sexson -- a shot that
knocked the glove off the pitcher's right hand. Buehrle threw out
Sexson and stuck out Beltre to end the inning.

"Any time I get a ball up the middle, I just try to knock it
down and keep it on the infield," Buehrle said.

Moyer called it "self defense" and said, "you can determine
whether it was the best play of the game."

Sexson called it "the horseshoe effect. He and the whole White
Sox team have luck going for them right now."

Chicago won for just the fifth time in 15 games at U.S. Cellular
Field. Podsednik scored twice and stole two bases, increasing his
major league-leading total to 54, despite going 0-for-3. He has
four hits in his last 35 at-bats.

"When he does have his good games and he's seeing the ball well
and he's getting on base, it just seems like our game flows
better," Konerko said. "But at the same time, the rest of our
lineup can't rely on the fact that Scott has to play well for us to
win. That's too much heat to put on one guy."

Game notes
With attendance at 37,529, the White Sox extended their
franchise record with their 12th sellout. ... Podsednik is
16-for-16 stealing third after his swipe in the first inning.