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Garland Disastrous In Return To US Cellular Field

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CHICAGO (AP)—Mark Buehrle threw seven strong innings to become the career victories leader in interleague play, Paul Konerko drove in three runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 on Saturday.

Buehrle (4-3) allowed seven hits and two runs to win for the third time in four starts, giving him his 24th interleague victory—breaking his tie with Jamie Moyer atop the career list. He struck out one, and didn’t walk anyone for the second time in three starts.

Alex Rios and Brent Lillibridge homered in Chicago’s 15-hit attack, the fifth time this season the White Sox have had at least that many. They broke it open with a six-run fourth against former teammate Jon Garland (1-4) as Rios hit a two-run homer, and Alexei Ramirez and Konerko later added two-run singles.

Konerko’s hit chased Garland, who allowed 11 hits and seven runs in 3 2-3 innings. It was the most runs Garland allowed in a start since May 29, 2009, and the most hits he’s allowed since July 6, 2007.

Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski each had three hits for the White Sox. Lillibridge, a late addition to the lineup after right fielder Carlos Quentin was scratched with a bruised left knee, had two hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh.

The White Sox have won 10 out of their last 14 after falling a season-worst 11 games below .500 on May 6. The Dodgers have lost six of eight.

The Dodgers tied it at 1 in the third, getting infield single from Jamey Carroll and a bunt single from Juan Castro, the latter a result of White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham’s failure to cover first. Carroll scored on Matt Kemp’s groundout.

Jerry Sands hit his first big league homer, a line shot to left field off Buehrle in the sixth for the Dodgers.

Garland, a member of the rotation for Chicago’s World Series-winning team in 2005, was appearing at U.S. Cellular Field for the first time as a visiting player. Garland, who played for the White Sox from 2000-07, last pitched in a game at his former home park on Sept. 26, 2007. Garland and Buehrle broke in as rookies together for the White Sox in 2000.

Slumping White Sox slugger Adam Dunn struck out four times, the fifth time this season he has fanned at least three times in a game. Dunn, who drew a walk during Chicago’s fourth-inning rally, saw his batting average fall to .190 on the season.

Notes: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he thinks SS Rafael Furcal, out with a broken left thumb, is “close.” Furcal may rejoin the team this weekend in Chicago and the club hopes to activate him in time for Monday’s series opener at Houston. Furcal has appeared in just seven games this season. He’s been playing on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Albuquerque. … Juan Uribe, who has been filling in for Furcal, strained his left hip flexor in Friday’s win in Chicago. He left the Dodgers’ clubhouse before Saturday’s game to get an MRI on the injured area. Mattingly said it’s possible Uribe may be placed on the disabled list. … Aaron Miles (sore rib cage) was limited but available for Saturday game, though Mattingly he’d like to rest him for another day. … Mattingly is hopeful Casey Blake (left elbow infection) will be able to begin a rehab assignment at Albuquerque by Monday and, if all goes well, he could be activated when the Dodgers being their next homestand on May 27.

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