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Indians slam three homers off Chicago ace Buehrle

4/20/2003

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Cleveland hitters helped make starter Jason
Davis' day easy.

Ellis Burks, Shane Spencer and Karim Garcia all homered off
Chicago ace Mark Buehrle as the Cleveland Indians defeated the
White Sox 7-4 Sunday and stopped Chicago's four-game winning
streak.

Burks and Spencer hit consecutive home runs in the first inning,
the first of the season for each, as Cleveland took a 3-0 lead.
Garcia, who had three hits, homered in the third.

"When the offense is working for you, you've just got to go out
there and throw strikes,'' Davis said. "I didn't have my best
stuff, but was able to come out with a W because we played great
baseball today.''

Davis (2-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings
for the Indians, who had lost four straight.

Despite Buehrle's poor outing his teammates aren't ready to get
nervous.

"Believe me, no worries from anybody in here on him,'' Konerko
said. "I will take my chances with him on any game.''

D'Angelo Jimenez and Carlos Lee homered for the White Sox, who
had been 7-1 at home. Lee has homered in four consecutive games,
driving in 10 runs over than span. Jimenez had three hits.

Buehrle (2-2), whose ERA rose from 1.57 to 3.27, gave up seven
runs in 4 1/3 innings and allowed 11 hits, matching his career
high. He had given up just one home run in 28 2/3 innings coming
in.

"It was one of those days that you make a mistake over the
plate and they make me pay for it,'' Buehrle said.

Casey Blake chased Buehrle with a two-run double in the fifth,
and Josh Bard hit an RBI single off Gary Glover for 7-1 lead.

"We worked hard to just take what he gave us. He makes a lot of
money with hitters swinging at that changeup out of the zone,''
Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

Chicago's Magglio Ordonez was 1-for-4, extending his hitting
streak to 16 games. Cleveland outhit the White Sox 15-10.

Game notes
Spencer hit his first home run since Aug. 11, 2002, when he
was with the New York Yankees. ... Cleveland OF Matt Lawton was
given the day off, missing his second straight start. ...
Cleveland's Omar Vizquel grounded into three double plays. ... Lee
has homered in four consecutive games for the first time in his
career.