Chicago (68-35) at Baltimore (51-53)

Cloudy Currently: Baltimore, MD
Temp: 70° F
  • Game info: 12:35 pm EDT Mon Aug 1, 2005
  • TV: CSN, CSN
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Mark Buehrle hopes to snap out of his recent funk when the Chicago White Sox seek to finish their first four-game road sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in nearly 51 years.

Buehrle is 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA over his last five outings. The 26-year-old left-hander was tagged for seven runs and eight hits over six innings in a 7-1 loss at Kansas City on Tuesday.

Most of the damage against Buehrle occurred in the sixth inning, when Kansas City erupted for six runs and five hits. Buehrle got through the frame before being lifted, extending his streak of lasting at least six innings to 49 straight starts.

It the longest stretch in the majors since Steve Carlton did it in 69 straight outings from 1979-82.

“I’d rather go five innings and win than have what happened today,” Buehrle said.

Buehrle surrendered three runs and five hits over eight innings in a 5-3 win over Baltimore on May 13. He improved to 3-1 with a 2.54 ERA against the Orioles in eight career appearances, including six starts.

The White Sox have never swept a four-game series at Camden Yards. Their last four-game sweep in Baltimore came at Memorial Stadium from Aug. 17-19, 1954—the Orioles’ first season in Baltimore after moving from St. Louis.

Chicago made a minor move at the trade deadline, acquiring utility infielder Geoff Blum from San Diego on Sunday for minor league pitcher Ryan Meaux. Blum has played second base, third base, shortstop, first base and the outfield.

“He will help me around the infield, first, third, short and second,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He’s going to be in the lineup a lot. I don’t know how much, but a lot.”

Although the White Sox failed to obtain a more high-profile player, they feel the team that has produced the best record in baseball has enough to succeed in the postseason.

“When the playoffs get here, anything can happen,” Buehrle said. “It doesn’t matter if you won every game of the season or win the division or win the wild card. Once you get to the playoffs, all that gets thrown out and it’s a whole new ballgame. But I know we have a chance to do well.”

Jermaine Dye drove in three runs as Chicago posted a 9-4 victory on Sunday. After homering five times in the first two games of the series, the White Sox used a pair of doubles and 11 singles as part of a 13-hit attack to improve to 4-2 on a seven-game road trip.

Baltimore has dropped five straight and 13 of 15. The Orioles have been outscored 25-12 over the first three games of this series.

“I look at it as we have a team that we put together in spring training to win, and we did that for most of the first half,” Baltimore first baseman Rafael Palmeiro said. “We still have that same team; we just need to get back to the level we were earlier.”

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M. Buehrle Tor vs. D. Cabrera LAA
16-8 Record 10-13
3.12 ERA 4.52
149 K 157
40 BB 87
1.18 WHIP 1.43