Mark Buehrle hasn’t done much to stop the Chicago White Sox from slipping out of contention in the AL Central. He’ll do his best to reverse that trend in the finale of a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Buehrle, Chicago’s staff ace, was 10-3 with a 3.86 ERA after pitching a two-hit shutout against Cleveland on July 21. The left-hander has gone 1-4 in six starts since, including his worst outing of the year in Friday’s 10-1 loss to Boston.
Buehrle was pounded for a season-high nine runs and 11 hits over six innings, striking out four and walking two. He gave up a pair of homers, including a grand slam to Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez in the second inning that put the slumping White Sox in a 6-0 hole.
“We’re down 6-0, trying to come back against (Curt) Schilling and that’s pretty tough,” Buehrle said. “He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. I didn’t give the team a chance to win today.”
Buehrle has had great success on the road this year, going 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 12 starts. He is 6-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 15 home outings.
The fading White Sox put an end to their five-game losing streak with a 9-5 victory on Tuesday. Jon Garland pitched seven innings and Juan Uribe homered and drove in three runs as Chicago moved eight games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota. The Twins lost to Texas 5-4 on Tuesday.
“For us to win, we are all going to have to do something,” he said. “Tonight, I helped us win—I hit a homer and drove in two more.”
Carlos Pena hit a third-inning grand slam for Detroit, which lost for just the third time in 10 games. It was the third slam of Pena’s career. He also had a game-ending grand slam against Arizona on June 27.
Not all the news was good for Chicago on Tuesday, however, as general manager confirmed that star slugger Magglio Ordonez would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury.
Ordonez has been sidelined since July 22 with a knee injury, and the White Sox had been saying they did not expect him back this year.
Ordonez, who was nearly traded to Boston before the season, played 52 games, his fewest since he was a late-season callup in 1997. He hit .292 with nine homers and 37 RBIs.