CLEVELAND—Manager Ozzie Guillen takes great pride in the White Sox's ability to maintain intensity after each victory.
Now he hopes his players can rid themselves quickly of the plethora of mistakes they committed during Tuesday night's 8-2 loss at Cleveland.
The Sox (28-23) had their five-game winning streak against the Indians snapped. But three disturbing developments against Mark Buehrle resurfaced.
Buehrle (2-6) was haunted by a big rally as the Indians tagged him for five runs in the first inning. He has allowed 13 earned runs on 15 hits in two starts at Progressive Field this season, and 12 of those runs have been scored in two innings.
"It isn't like this mound is bad or I'm not getting calls," said Buehrle, who had allowed two earned runs in his past two starts, including a seven-inning gem against Cleveland last Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field. "I'm just not pitching well. Nothing off the top of my head that has gotten me in this little funk."
Buehrle was one out away from escaping with one run allowed in the first, but two walks and a hit set up Franklin Gutierrez's grand slam.
Gutierrez, whose three-run homer highlighted a seven-run second inning Opening Day against the Sox, is 5-for-12 with two homers and eight RBIs against Buehrle.
After allowing two earned runs in his past 132/3 innings, Buehrle's ERA swelled to 5.26.
"The first inning was bad, but other innings, I was bad, too," Buehrle said. "I'm not going to survive in the big leagues falling behind. I ain't got the stuff to pitch behind in the count all the time.
"Again, you get two outs and one run across, and then walk two guys. I hate more than anything walking guys. You see what happens. I need to cut down my walks, big-time."
Buehrle had 101 pitches after five innings but Guillen let him start the sixth because the bullpen was taxed after Monday's 12-inning victory. Back-to-back doubles knocked out Buehrle to start a three-run sixth in which Paul Konerko dropped a throw at first base and then bounced a throw home that allowed another run to score after Ehren Wassermann picked off Jamey Carroll.
Alexei Ramirez also lost track of outs and ran into a double play to end the top of the sixth, and the Sox were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Even Carlos Quentin, the Sox's best clutch hitter with a .381 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .438 mark with two outs and runners in scoring position, was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position before being pulled after six innings.
"It was that type of game," Guillen said. "Nothing good happened."