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Archive for Saturday, August 4, 2001

American League Roundup: Buehrle stings Rays

White Sox hurler spins one-hit shutout

August 4, 2001

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— Mark Buehrle lost his no-hitter, but not his composure or concentration Friday night.

"Darn!" Buehrle said when Tampa Bay's Damian Rolls singled to start the seventh, the first and only hit he allowed as Chicago blanked the Devil Rays, 4-0.

Chicago's Mark Buehrle delivers to Tampa Bay's John Flaherty.
Buehrle allowed just one hit as the White Sox defeated the Devil
Rays, 4-0.

Chicago's Mark Buehrle delivers to Tampa Bay's John Flaherty. Buehrle allowed just one hit as the White Sox defeated the Devil Rays, 4-0.

"It was a sinker and he hit off the outside of the bat," Buehrle added.

"We were still winning the game. I would have liked to have a no-hitter, I would have liked to have a perfect game. But hopefully I'll have a long career and have a chance to get one."

Buehrle (9-6) walked none, hit a batter and struck out three. After allowing the hit, he retired the final nine batters and finished his gem with two strikeouts, including Rolls to end the game.

"He was changing speeds very well and he kept us guessing or whatever you want to call it," Rolls said.

The 22-year-old left-hander faced only 28 batters in his second career shutout, working quickly in a two-hour, 12-minute game.

"I was by no means overpowering. It was just the defense. I let them put it in play," Buehrle said.

"There were no jitters early. If it had gone through the seventh or eighth, maybe there would have been more."

Making his 24th major league start, Buehrle retired the first 15 batters before hitting Steve Cox with his first pitch in the sixth. But after retiring Chris Gomez on a fly, Buehrle fielded John Flaherty's grounder to the box and started a 1-6-3 double play.

Rolls started the next inning by hitting a 2-2 pitch to right-center for a single.

"I was just thinking about getting on base, not thinking about the no-hitter," Rolls said.

"I just tried to shorten up my swing with two strikes. The ball dropped out of the zone at the last minute and I tried to fight it off and got it over the second baseman's head," he said.

The crowd of 19,330 gave Buehrle a warm ovation.

"I heard it. I couldn't get too worked up about it," Buehrle said.

Buehrle, a 38th-round selection in the 1998 draft, made quick work of the Devil Rays through the first six innings and was aided by two stellar defensive outfield plays by Carlos Lee and rookie Aaron Rowand.

Lee made a tumbling, shoestring grab of Russ Johnson's sinking liner to left in the second. And center fielder Rowand made the catch of the night in the fourth by racing to right-center at full speed and grabbing Ben Grieve's long drive just before crashing into the fence and then hitting the ground.

"I'll have to take them both out to dinner," Buehrle said.

Nick Bierbrodt (0-1) allowed just five hits in six innings, but two of those were two-run homers by Paul Konerko in the second and Jose Canseco in the sixth. It was Canseco's 455th career homer, leaving him 10 behind Dave Winfield for 21st place.

Mariners 2, Indians 1

Cleveland Jamie Moyer blanked Cleveland for seven innings and Mark McLemore and John Olerud had RBIs in the eighth off Bartolo Colon to give Seattle a win over the Indians. Moyer (12-5) limited the AL's best-hitting team to two hits Roberto Alomar's two-out double in the fourth and Wil Cordero's leadoff single in the sixth.

The Mariners got three of their four hits in the eighth inning, and won for the seventh time in eight games. They improved to 43-14 on the road in a place where they have had problems. Seattle is now 14-19 at Jacobs Field.

Moyer walked none and struck out five, leaving after the Mariners scored twice in the eighth off Colon (10-8).

Athletics 2, Tigers 1

Detroit Jason Giambi hit a leadoff homer in the ninth inning, lifting Oakland over Detroit. Giambi hit Jeff Weaver's second pitch of the inning 410 feet down the right field line to give Oakland their fourth win in five games. Tim Hudson (13-6) pitched his third complete game of the season and sixth of his career, allowing one run and nine hits while walking one. He struck out five.

Weaver (10-10) lost for the second time in six starts despite holding Oakland, which scored a season-high 17 runs in a win over Cleveland on Thursday, to four hits in his fourth complete game this year. Weaver struck out five and walked one.

Blue Jays 10, Orioles 1

Toronto The Blue Jays shut out a bug infestation and shut down Baltimore behind Kelvim Escobar's pitching and Carlos Delgado's 30th home run. Homer Bush hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Blue Jays, who scored two runs in each of the first four innings.

In the third inning, thousands of bugs called aphids descended on SkyDome. While there was no delay, the swarm caused homeplate umpire Time Welke to ask for the roof to be closed. Toronto's Jeff Frye wore a dust mask in the dugout.

Escobar (3-5), making his second start of the season, allowed just one run and three hits in 52*3 innings. Escobar, 6-0 in his career against Baltimore, struck out four and walked three.

Yankees 4, Angels 2

New York Bernie Williams doubled during a three-run rally in the seventh inning, then preserved the lead with a diving catch in center field in the eighth as New York beat Anaheim. Jarrod Washburn (9-5), who had won eight straight decisions, and New York starter Andy Pettitte were locked in a scoreless duel before Anaheim got two runs in the top of the seventh. But Derek Jeter led off the Yankees' half with a double and scored on Williams' double. Tino Martinez followed with a two-run shot over the right-center field fence for his 25th homer.

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