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Early lead holds up
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White Sox 8, Rays 3
Following his two-run homer in the fifth, Paul Konerko is greeted by Wilson Betemit. (AP)
Given a two-run cushion before he took the mound, Mark Buehrle delivered 6 2/3 impressive innings of three-run ball, while Paul Konerko homered and drove in three and Carlos Quentin added his sixth dinger as the White Sox evened the series.
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Series at a glance:
CWS
Chi White Sox (6-5)
Won 1
Chi White Sox 8, Tampa Bay 3   TB
Tampa Bay (5-7)
Lost 1
April 18, 2009
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Chi White Sox
2 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 0   8 8 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0   3 11 2
Standings thru 4/18/09  |  Recap: CWS | TB  |  Gameday  |  White Sox stats  |  Rays stats
Chi White Sox AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Lillibridge, 2B 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 .067
Fields, 3B 4 1 0 0 1 2 7 .275
Quentin, LF 4 1 3 2 1 0 0 .308
Dye, RF 3 1 0 1 1 1 3 .357
Konerko, DH 5 1 3 3 0 0 2 .341
Betemit, 1B 5 0 1 0 0 4 2 .250
Ramirez, Al, SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125
Anderson, CF 3 1 0 0 2 1 1 .176
Miller, C, C 2 1 1 1 2 0 1 .429
Totals 33 8 8 7 10 8 20  

BATTING
2B: Konerko (4, Kazmir), Miller, C (1, Kazmir), Betemit (2, Shouse).
HR: Quentin (6, 5th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 0 out), Konerko (3, 5th inning off Kazmir, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Betemit 2; Miller, C 2; Konerko 7; Quentin 6.
RBI: Konerko 3 (9), Miller, C (3), Quentin 2 (11), Dye (9).
2-out RBI: Konerko; Quentin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Betemit; Fields 3; Konerko 2; Anderson.
SF: Dye.
GIDP: Dye, Fields.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Anderson (Pena, C at 3rd base).
DP: (Ramirez, Al-Lillibridge-Betemit).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Upton, B, CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .182
Crawford, C, LF 5 2 3 0 0 1 0 .260
Longoria, 3B 4 0 2 0 1 1 1 .429
Pena, C, 1B 4 0 1 2 1 1 3 .283
Burrell, DH 3 0 1 1 1 1 4 .225
Navarro, D, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200
Bartlett, SS 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 .429
Kapler, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .100
Iwamura, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .300
Totals 36 3 11 3 4 7 15  

BATTING
TB: Bartlett 3; Longoria 2; Upton, B; Crawford, C 3; Pena, C; Burrell.
RBI: Pena, C 2 (15), Burrell (4).
2-out RBI: Burrell; Pena, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell 2; Upton, B; Iwamura; Pena, C.
GIDP: Navarro, D.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crawford, C (4, 2nd base off Dotel/Miller, C).

FIELDING
E: Longoria (1, fielding), Iwamura (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Longoria-Iwamura-Pena, C 2).

 
Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buehrle (W, 2-0) 6.2 8 3 3 3 5 0 3.00
Dotel 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Linebrink 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Carrasco 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 5.68
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (L, 2-1) 4.0 5 6 6 6 5 2 5.40
Howell 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
Balfour 1.0 1 1 1 2 0 0 13.50
Nelson, J 1.0 0 1 1 2 1 0 1.50
Shouse 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.80

Kazmir pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.
Nelson, J pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Buehrle 104-66, Dotel 18-11, Linebrink 10-6, Carrasco 22-12, Kazmir 94-52, Howell 10-7, Balfour 22-11, Nelson, J 24-9, Shouse 19-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Buehrle 7-6, Dotel 0-1, Linebrink 1-1, Carrasco 0-1, Kazmir 5-1, Howell 2-0, Balfour 1-0, Nelson, J 1-1, Shouse 4-0.
Batters faced: Buehrle 29, Dotel 3, Linebrink 4, Carrasco 4, Kazmir 23, Howell 3, Balfour 6, Nelson, J 5, Shouse 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Dotel 1-1, Shouse 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: CB Bucknor.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:54.
Att: 31,916.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
April 18, 2009
April 18, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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