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Tribe's offense thumps Buehrle



Published: Mon, April 21, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Cleveland will face more left-handed pitchers in Oakland this week.

COMBINED DISPATCHES

CHICAGO -- Ellis Burks is one of the few hitters to figure out Mark Buehrle. His teammates are learning, too.

Burks, Shane Spencer and Karim Garcia homered off the Chicago left-hander as Cleveland beat the White Sox 7-4 Sunday.

Burks and Spencer hit consecutive home runs in the first inning, the first of the season for each, as Cleveland took a 3-0 lead.

Burks was 2-for-2 against Buehrle with a walk.

"Buehrle left some balls up and out over the plate a little more than usual," said Burks.

"Normally, he works the edges, makes guys chase pitches off the plate."

"It seems like Burks has my number right now," Buehrle said.

Stopping streaks

Garcia, who had three hits, homered in the third to help the Indians snap a four-game losing streak and end Chicago's four-game winning streak.

"It seems to me like we face a left-hander every day," Garcia said. "And now we'll see three more in Oakland. But really, the more left-handers I see, the better it is. It helps me keep from pulling off the ball."

Jason Davis (2-2) allowed three runs and seven hits in 62/3 innings for the Indians.

"When the offense is working for you, you've just got to go out there and throw strikes," Davis said.

"I didn't have my best stuff, but was able to come out with a 'W' because we played great baseball today."

In his first two starts, Davis (2-2, 6.97 ERA) gave up 10 runs in seven innings.

In his past two, he has yielded six runs in 13 innings.

"Jason is much more comfortable on the mound, and he has better command of his fastball," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "His split and his slider are starting to work for him, too, but the fastball is the separator for him and gives him confidence."

D'Angelo Jimenez and Carlos Lee homered for the White Sox, who dropped to 7-2 at home. Lee has homered in four consecutive games, driving in 10 runs over than span. Jimenez had three hits.

Wasn't his day

Buehrle (2-2), whose ERA rose from 1.57 to 3.27, gave up seven runs in 41/3 innings and allowed 11 hits, matching his career high. He had given up just one home run in 282/3 innings coming in.

Buehrle has been struggling with some of his pitches this season, including his cutter.

"I have not had my stuff for a couple of starts this year," Buehrle said. "Hopefully, I can get it together for my next start."

Casey Blake chased Buehrle with a two-run double in the fifth, and Josh Bard hit an RBI single off Gary Glover for a 7-1 lead.

Chicago's Magglio Ordonez was 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. Cleveland outhit the White Sox 15-10.

Cleveland OF Matt Lawton was given the day off, missing his second straight start.

Cleveland's Omar Vizquel grounded into three double plays, tying the club record set by John Ellis on April 29, 1975.




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