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Offense crushes Rays in finale
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07/06/2003  3:46 PM ET 
Offense crushes Rays in finale
Buehrle wins fifth straight start to improve to 7-10
By Bob Bellone / MLB.com

Magglio Ordonez delivered a solo home run in the third, his second in two days. (Scott Martin/AP)
ST. PETERSBURG -- White Sox shortstop Jose Valentin admitted Saturday night belonged to his brother Javier, who trotted past him on a solo home run that propelled the Devil Rays to a 4-3 victory at Tropicana Field.

In their rematch Sunday afternoon, Jose wore out the basepaths as Chicago breezed to an 11-3 triumph.

Jose staged a hitting clinic for his younger brother, going 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and three runs scored by the time the Sox had built a 10-1 advantage in the fifth inning.

"It was something to see," Jose said. "I'll bet my family enjoyed getting to see both guys hit a home run in the same series. But this is not about homers, it's about winning."

Valentin was on the bench when the handshakes began, having been pulled shortly after being hit on the wrist by a pitch in the seventh. He jawed at Rays reliever Carlos Reyes throughout his slow walk toward first base.

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"The guy hadn't pitched me inside all day," Valentin said. "My first two (at-bats), I hit good off him and then get hit by the same guy when the game was pretty much wide open."

By then, Sox starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (7-10) was well on the way to matching a career high with his fifth consecutive victory. In stark contrast, the left-hander was 0-9 in his first dozen starts after April 10.

"His confidence was shaken there a bit, there's no doubt, when you go through what he's gone through," manager Jerry Manuel said. "But when he gets the run support, it puts him in a good position to cruise."

Buehrle agreed.

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"You've got to credit this offense," he said. "They've turned it around in my last three starts and scored four or five runs in the first couple of innings."

Valentin was among six batters to contribute at least two of Chicago's 15 hits.

Magglio Ordonez tripled in the first inning and added a 411-foot homer to lead off the third. Joe Crede went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs with a 408-foot shot in the second. Sandy Alomar Jr. added three hits, while Aaron Rowand and Carl Everett chipped in two apiece.

By winning, Chicago avoided being swept by Tampa Bay in a series for the first time ever.

"I don't know if there was a letdown of sorts," Rowand said, "but to come out here and bust out before an off day, I think it was big for us. We'll try to go into Detroit and start a new winning streak."

Bob Bellone is a contributing writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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