The Chicago White Sox turned to their staff ace and received a brilliant effort to end their longest losing streak of the season. They likely won’t be expecting a repeat performance Friday night.
The White Sox, who dropped two of three at Texas last weekend, have won all six of Buehrle’s starts but are 7-14 in other games. They’ve lost all five starts by Contreras (0-4, 8.31 ERA).
The right-hander yielded at least five runs in three of those five outings. He gave up a season-high seven runs in a season-low 3 1-3 innings of a 9-6 loss to the Rangers on Saturday.
Although Contreras has been awful, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is planning on sticking with him in the rotation for the foreseeable future. Guillen had the opportunity to skip his beleaguered starter because of Wednesday’s rainout but is giving the veteran a chance to get out of his funk.
“I don’t want to give up on him, it’s not my style, but I’d like to know what’s going through his mind,” Guillen said.
Contreras, who hasn’t won since beating the Cubs on June 27, has allowed 14 runs in 7 1-3 innings in two starts against the Rangers since the start of last season. In five career starts versus Texas, Contreras is 1-2 with a 10.17 ERA - his highest ERA against any team he’s faced more than once.
The Rangers (15-13) had a five-game winning streak snapped in Thursday’s 9-4 loss to Oakland.
Texas boasts one of the most potent lineups in the AL, but was 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position Thursday after going 16 for 49 (.327) in such situations over the previous five contests.
Third baseman Michael Young(notes) had two doubles Thursday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Young, batting .408 (20 for 49) with two home runs and seven doubles during that stretch, was 6 for 13 with a double against Chicago last weekend.
After allowing at least four runs in each of his first four starts, Harrison gave up six hits in five scoreless innings of a 5-1 win Sunday. He didn’t issue a walk for the first time this season but went deep into counts and threw 100 pitches before being lifted.
“I’m pleased with five scoreless, I just wish it could have been longer,” the left-hander told the Rangers’ official Web site. “Hopefully I can keep going with what I’m doing.”