Buehrle tries for his seventh straight victory as the White Sox continue a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
The 26-year-old left-hander allowed nine hits in 7 1-3 innings of Wednesday’s 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, winning his fourth straight start. He has not lost since his second start of the season, a 5-2 defeat to the Minnesota Twins.
“When he’s on he can do what he did today—get a lot of ground balls, get some popups, change speeds well, throw strikes and work fast. He’s the ideal pitcher,” White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “Him following Garland, that’s pretty good.”
Buehrle became the third seven-game winner in the majors, along with Garland and Florida’s Dontrelle Willis. Garland was charged with his first loss of the season in Monday’s 4-0 defeat, but owns an 8-1 record.
Buehrle has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his last four starts and has given up nine runs over that span.
“One thing about Buehrle, they know he’s going to throw strikes, so he can throw balls off the plate and they’ll swing at them because they expect him to throw it over the plate,” Pierzynski said.
The Angels’ Ervin Santana threw a five hitter in his second major league start in Monday’s series opener. Bengie Molina had a solo homer and an RBI single for Los Angeles, which has won six of its last eight games.
Tadahito Iguchi and Paul Konerko each had two hits for the White Sox, who have lost two in a row since a four-game winning streak. Chicago, which owns the best record in baseball, would match a season-high for consecutive losses if they fall Tuesday.