NEW YORK (CBS) – The White Sox were clobbered by the New York Yankees Wednesday night, in a game that saw manager Ozzie Gillen ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike against slugger Paul Konerko.
An early three-run homer by the Yankees’ Robinson Cano led to the New York victory.
After Guillen was ejected, he immediately took to Twitter during the game, calling the ejection pathetic and saying it would cost him a pricey fine.
With a runner on second and two outs in the top of the first, Konerko was called out on a borderline pitch by Bartolo Colon.
As for Colon, he escaped a bases-loaded jam with obody out and outpitched Mark Buehrle, giving him two wins in two starts this season – his first in the majors since 2009.
“It’s the best I’ve ever seen him throw,” Buehrle said. “He’s always got that movement, but velocity-wise and the pitches he was throwing, they were pretty much unhittable pitches.”
Colon allowed seven hits, including Adam Dunn’s RBI single in the sixth, and threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes in a game that took just 2 hours, 11 minutes. The last time he went eight innings was Sept. 22, 2007, with the Angels against Seattle in a 3-2 loss.
“It surprised me late in the game that I was throwing hard,” Colon said through a translator.
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save after blowing his previous two chances. The White Sox, who have lost 11 of 14, has scored three runs or fewer in 12 of the past 13 games.
Buehrle (1-3) pitched well but failed in his fifth attempt at career win No. 150. The left-hander gave up six hits in seven innings, dropping to 1-8 with a 6.38 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
“I’ve seen and heard enough about how bad I pitch against these guys,” he said. “Especially against a lineup like this, go out there and throw a quality start, I’ll take it every time.”
Before the game, Guillen joked that he was surprised to learn Colon had showed up at the ballpark – a reference to Colon’s injury-plagued 2009 stint with the White Sox during which he was away from the team for long stretches and sometimes hard to find, Guillen said.
Guillen wasn’t around to see most of Colon’s impressive outing – the outspoken manager was ejected in the first inning by plate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing a called third strike against slugger Paul Konerko. Guillen immediately took to Twitter during the game, calling the ejection pathetic and saying it would cost him a pricey fine.
“I said, `Don’t let those guys intimidate you,’” Guillen said. “He got the right to kick me out because when I went out, when he could hear what I had to say, he had to kick me out of the game.”
It was Guillen’s 26th career ejection and first this season.
Buehrle walked leadoff batter Derek Jeter on four pitches in the first and Alex Rodriguez blooped a two-out single that put runners at the corners.
Cano lined a 1-1 pitch into the right-field stands – not far from where late substitute Brent Lillibridge made two dazzling catches in a row Tuesday night to rob the Yankees of a ninth-inning comeback in a 3-2 loss.
Cano has homered in two straight and four of his last five home games.
“I’ve been working on staying back. I’ve been jumping too much and getting caught in between,” he said.
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