LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Teams facing Mark Buehrle often end up leaving the ballpark early.
Buehrle pulled a fast one on the Los Angeles Dodgers with eight solid innings, and the Chicago White Sox snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night."I think everybody likes it when I'm pitching," said Buehrle, who was working on at least six days' rest for the third time this season and the first time since April 26. "I don't think the fans and the beer vendors like it too much because they don't sell too much beer."Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who were coming off a three-game sweep by the crosstown rival Cubs at Wrigley Field."Hallelujah!" manager Ozzie Guillen said after the Sox improved their road record to 18-23. "We have to be better on the road. We're not a basketball team. This is baseball. To win, to make the playoffs, you have to win a lot of games on the road. This was a big win for everyone."Nick Swisher hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the first inning, and Orlando Cabrera singled home a run in the second. That was all Buehrle (5-6) needed. The left-hander allowed one run and six hits, fanning pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney in the eighth for his 1,000th strikeout.Buehrle has started the opening game in each of the three interleague series between the White Sox and Dodgers -- and didn't walk a batter in any of them."Buehrle's one player I don't have to worry about, as long as he's healthy," Guillen said. "He's going to give you what he has. His last six outings have been outstanding. He's given us the kind of games he's supposed to give you. And he always goes out there and throws quick games."This one was played in just 2 hours, 5 minutes. Seven of the 13 games Buehrle has started this season have been played in under 2:30 -- four of them lasting 2:10 or less. Last season, 10 of his 30 starts were finished in under 2½ hours, and five came in under 2:15 -- including his no-hitter (2:03)."I think Buehrle's stuff is the reason he's successful, more so than how quickly he works. But there are a lot of advantages to working quickly," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Not only are you putting the hitter on his heels a little bit, but your infielders play better behind you."The only reason this one went as long as it did was because of Chicago's four-run eighth inning. Derek Lowe (5-7) retired 13 consecutive batters before Carlos Quentin singled with one out and Dye followed with a drive to right-center on the right-hander's 99th pitch for his 17th homer and a 4-1 lead. Cory Wade then gave up an RBI triple to DeWayne Wise and a run-scoring single by Alexei Ramirez.Lowe was charged with five runs and nine hits over 7 1/3 innings and had a season-high eight strikeouts in a matchup of pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, started All-Star Games for the American League, and won World Series rings with teams that are known by the color of their Sox."He's an excellent pitcher. But by the same token, I liked my chances in this game," Lowe said. "I took good rhythm into the eighth inning, which is what makes this one tough to swallow."It was the first time Lowe and Buehrle have started against each other in the big leagues."He's the same Derek Lowe that I knew from the American League," Dye said. "He works fast, throws a lot of strikes, works the corners and gets a lot of ground balls -- just like Buehrle. They get into a good rhythm, and it keeps the hitters off-balance. That's why you tend to see great plays made behind them, because it keeps the defense in the ballgame."Second baseman Ramirez helped out Buehrle with a defensive gem in the sixth. He raced out to shallow center field and made a sliding catch of Jeff Kent's Texas Leaguer, then threw to first to double off Matt Kemp for an inning-ending double play.Delwyn Young got the Dodgers on the board with a homer in the fifth, his first since last year's season finale.
Chicago 3B Joe Crede was a late scratch because of stiffness in his lower back. ... The Dodgers and White Sox are scheduled to share a new spring training camp next year in Glendale, Ariz., if it's completed on time. "I think it's a great idea," Guillen said. "They're going to have a new facility for the first time after all those years in Vero Beach, and they've got a lot of great [former] players that are always around. So the young players with the White Sox will have a chance to see all the old-timers and be able to hang around with them. It's going to be a great experience for us."