Cleveland (34-35) at Chicago (36-31)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 23, 2004
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Mark Buehrle will try and match his career high with a seventh straight win when the Chicago White Sox continue a four-game series with the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

Buehrle, 6-0 with a 3.22 ERA in his last 11 starts, won seven straight games from June 16-July 29 last season. He was shaky in his last performance against the Expos on Friday. The left-hander was roughed up for seven runs and 10 hits in six innings but was once again lifted by Chicago’s potent offense as it posted an 11-7 victory.

“It’s one of those games I don’t feel good about myself, even though we did win the game, which is good,” Buehrle said. “I don’t feel like I did anything for this team.”

Buehrle, who leads the league with an average run support of 9.52 per game, relinquished a 3-0 lead by allowing five runs in the first but stuck it out through six innings.

“He kept us in the game and gave us the innings that we wanted,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Obviously, we would like to see a better result, but that’s part of the game. This kid has thrown well all year long.”

The White Sox nearly squandered an eight-run lead but rallied for an 11-9 victory over the Indians on Tuesday.

Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer and drove in a season-high five runs for the White Sox, who snapped a three-game losing streak and reached double figures in scoring for the 15th time this season.

The Indians continue to play teams tough as Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run homer, Matt Lawton a two-run homer and Coco Crisp a tiebreaking solo shot for Cleveland.

“These guys are going to focus on the positive. The fact of the matter is you come back against a team like this,—that’s special,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “We weren’t able to get the win, but there was so many other good things that happened through out the course of this game.”

The Indians are three games behind the second-place White Sox in the AL Central.

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14-8 Record 16-10
5.43 ERA 3.89
161 K 165
81 BB 51
1.50 WHIP 1.26