A little less than a month ago, Mark Buehrle looked like one of the best pitchers in the American League. Now, he just looks like another pitcher.
In his last outing on Wednesday, Buehrle pitched seven innings, giving up four runs—three earned—and seven hits. He struck out three and walked one, but was on the losing end of a 4-2 decision to Kansas City.
The 24-year-old left-hander has dropped his last three decisions and hasn’t earned a victory since July 21 at Cleveland when he tossed a two-hitter.
“I felt like I had better stuff than that game against Cleveland when I faced 27 guys,” Buehrle said. “A lot of stuff was working it was just one of those days where I made a few mistakes and they made me pay for it.”
The White Sox will need Buehrle to rediscover his previous form immediately as they head into the series finale four games out of first place in the AL Central, and 5 1/2 back of the wild card-leading Red Sox.
The White Sox had their modest two-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s 4-3 loss.
Manny Ramirez hit his 30th homer and is tied with Ortiz for the AL lead. They are the first Boston players to reach 30 homers in consecutive seasons since Mo Vaughn and Nomar Garciaparra in 1997 and 1998.
Boston is just 8-16 in one-run games, the worst record in the AL.