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Postby WebHamster » Sat Apr 10, 2004 5:00 pm

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Magglio Ordonez and Jose Valentin each hit two- run homers to power the Chicago White Sox to a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Ordonez finished with three runs batted in and Willie Harris contributed three hits with three runs scored and two RBI for the White Sox, who have won the last two of the four-game series after dropping the opener on Thursday.

Mark Buehrle (1-0) pitched eight strong innings to earn the win in his second start of the year. He didn't figure in the decision of the season-opener against Kansas City when the bullpen blew a 7-3 lead in the ninth, but on Saturday limited the Yankees to a pair of unearned runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Jorge De Paula (0-1) took the loss for the Yankees in his first start of the year. The righthander was charged with five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"He couldn't get the ball down," said Yankee manager Joe Torre about De Paula. "I just sensed it was Yankee Stadium, it was his first start, it wasn't September it was April. He hung in there. He was frustrated early on."

Gary Sheffield and Jorge Posada drove in runs for New York, which has lost two straight to fall to 3-4 on the young season.

The White Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Ordonez's third homer of the year. Harris led off with a bunt single and Ordonez belted a one-out pitch over the wall in left-center field for his second homer in as many days.

The Yankees answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a pair of errors by Valentin.

Bernie Williams reached on a throwing error by the Chicago shortstop and the Yankees went on to load the bases on a single by Alex Rodriguez and a walk to Jason Giambi. Sheffield followed with a bouncer to short that Valentin fielded for what should have been an inning-ending double play. He brushed the second base bag for the force out, then threw the ball past first base to allow a pair of runs to score.

Valentin, though, atoned for his mistakes with a two-run homer as part of a three-run second.

Joe Crede led off with a double over the head of Williams in center and scored on a two-out double down the left field line by Harris. Valentin then drilled an 0-2 pitch into the right field seats for his first homer of the season and a 5-2 lead.

De Paula settled down and didn't allow a hit from the third inning through the sixth, but Buehrle also kept the Yankee bats quiet.

After the first inning, New York managed only a single until the fifth when Derek Jeter started a two-out rally with a base hit. Williams drew a walk, but Rodriguez struck out to end the inning.

The White Sox threatened in the seventh when a pair of singles chased De Paula with one out, but Gabe White retired the next two batters to keep it a three- run game.

Chicago left a pair of runners on base in the eighth, but tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth against Tom Gordon. Aaron Rowand led off with a double, took third on a bunt and scored on a single by Harris. A fly ball to the wall in center moved Harris to second and he scored from there when Yankee second baseman Miguel Cairo could not handle a hard hit ball by Ordonez that was ruled a double.

The Yankees finally reached the scoreboard again in the ninth against Billy Koch on an RBI single by Posada.

"These guys are very frustrated," Torre said about the Yankee offense, which managed just four hits. "They're fighting themselves. I think, maybe, they're overly aggressive right now."

Buehrle, who was 0-2 lifetime against New York entering the contest, made his first-ever start at Yankee Stadium. It was the only American League park in which he had not started.

Ordonez has eight runs batted in through the first three games of the series. Chicago had 13 hits.

Yankees outfielder Kenny Lofton was scratched from the lineup due to a tight quad.
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