Before Friday night's series opener, the White Sox welcomed back Dodgers players Jon Garland and Juan Uribe with a video tribute recognizing their efforts in Chicago's 2005 World Series run. But in Saturday afternoon's 9-2 victory, the White Sox weren't as welcoming, as they shelled Garland in his first start at U.S. Cellular Field since being traded in 2007.
The game had the makings of a pitchers' duel early with Garland facing friend and former teammate Mark Buehrle, but Ozzie Guillen's club blew the game open in a six-run fourth inning that chased Garland. Chicago sent 11 hitters to the plate in the inning, with nine reaching safely off seven hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. Alex Rios hit a two-run shot to start the scoring and -- after Garland walked Adam Dunn to load the bases with two outs -- Paul Konerko greeted Dodgers reliever Ramon Troncoso with a two-run, bases-loaded single that pushed the lead to 7-1.
The seven hits in the inning tied the White Sox season best, which was set on Opening Day, when they erupted for eight runs on seven hits in the fourth against Cleveland. Garland allowed seven runs on 11 hits before exiting after 3 2/3 innings, marking the most runs he's given up since May 29, 2010, when he surrendered nine while with the D-backs in 2 2/3 against Atlanta.
By allowing just two runs over seven innings, Buehrle ran his Interleague Play record to 24-6, moving him past Jamie Moyer (23) for the most Interleague wins all-time. He did, however, allow just his fifth home run of the season when Jerry Sands roped his first career home run to left field in the sixth inning.
The White Sox offensive outburst in the fourth inning came without Carlos Quentin, who was a last-minute scratch with a bruised knee and is listed as day to day. His replacement, Brent Lillibridge, went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the seventh and was also hit by a pitch in the midst of the six-run inning. It was Lillibridge's fourth homer of the season and the 13th multi-hit game of his career.
Another switch in the White Sox lineup was playing Dunn at first base and moving Konerko to DH, as Guillen was hoping that playing the field might help Dunn with his offensive struggles. That plan didn't get off to a good start as Dunn went 0-for-4, striking out four more times and walking once. He is now 2-for-26 over the last seven games and has struck out at least once in 14 straight contests.
With the win, the White Sox set up a rubber game with the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon after Friday night's extra-inning loss. It was also the White Sox 10th win in their last 14 games.
Source- MLB.com Gameday | whitesox.com: Gameday