Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle (3-3, 3.69 ERA) pitched eight strong innings for his 100th career victory yesterday, beating the Houston Astros to snap a five-game Chicago losing streak. Buehrle allowed six hits and a run while striking out four and walking one.
Paul Konerko had three hits - including a home run - and drove in two runs, helping the Sox win for just the third time in 15 games. Luis Terrero and Juan Uribe added solo shots during the three-run fifth.
The Astros, now sitting 10 games under .500, committed three errors with some sloppy baserunning, which they couldn't afford with lefty Wandy Rodriguez (3-6, 4.52 ERA) struggling through five innings. He allowed five runs - four earned - on seven hits for his third loss in four starts.
The slumping White Sox bullpen (9.09 ERA) had another unstable outing, almost giving up a five-run lead in the ninth. Dewon Day walked two batters with one out and Boone Logan walked another to load the bases before closer Bobby Jenks came in. He allowed one run to score on a wild pitch and another on a groundout before striking out Luke Scott for his 17th save in 18 chances.