Mark Buehrle retired his first 19 batters and pitched a two-hitter, facing the minimum 27 batters to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Indians, 14-0, yesterday in Cleveland.
Buehrle (10-3), who was miffed he didn't make the AL all-star team earlier this month, didn't allow a runner until Omar Vizquel lined a 3-2 pitch out of the reach of shortstop Jose Valentin with one out in the seventh.
"He faced the minimum, that doesn't happen very often," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "That team was as hot as anyone in the world, so that's pretty impressive."
Buehrle, who struck out four and walked none in his first complete game since Aug. 8, entered just 4-6 in 13 starts against Cleveland. His 5.38 career ERA coming in against the Indians was his highest against any opponent. But Buehrle wasn't intimidated by an Indians' lineup that hit 23 homers in its previous eight games.
Carlos Lee homered twice and Valentin added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who blew it open with a six-run fifth.
Cliff Lee (10-2) gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings, losing for the first time in nine starts since June 3.
* YANKEES 10, BLUE JAYS 3: Gary Sheffield hit a three-run homer, Enrique Wilson hit one and New York battered visiting Toronto in the team's first meeting of the season.
The AL East-leading Yankees play the last-place Blue Jays in 19 of their final 70 games. This one was over quickly, with New York taking an early seven-run lead and Alex Rodriguez's infield single giving every starter a hit by the fifth inning.
Despite playing minus injured Derek Jeter and ailing Jason Giambi, the Yankees sent Toronto to its eighth loss in nine games. Slumping Bernie Williams added a pair of RBI singles for New York before a robust crowd of 53,031.
* RANGERS 3, ANGELS 2: Ryan Drese threw seven solid innings in another impressive home start, and Michael Young's tiebreaking double gave Texas the victory.
Alfonso Soriano homered for the AL West-leading Rangers (54-38), who have their best record through 92 games, one more victory than in 1996 when they won their first division title.
* TIGERS 4, ROYALS 2: Ivan Rodriguez, Rondell White and Marcus Thames homered to help Detroit win at home.
Mike Maroth (7-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings for the win. He walked two and struck out one.
The left-hander gave way to Al Levine, who pitched two perfect innings. Esteban Yan got one out in the ninth before Jamie Walker retired both of his batters for his fifth career save and first this season.
* TWINS 12, DEVIL RAYS 2: Backup catcher Henry Blanco went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI in Minneapolis, and Luis Rivas hit a three-run homer, Justin Morneau had three hits and an RBI, and Lew Ford homered and scored three runs for the Twins, who got a season-best 17 hits.
* MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 5: Bucky Jacobsen homered in the 10th to give Seattle the victory at home.