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Published: Thursday, 5/27/2010

White Sox spoil Tribe's day

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND — Ozzie Guillen wasn't on the field long enough to tell umpire Joe West how he felt about his balk calls against Mark Buehrle.

The White Sox manager did so afterward.

Harshly.

The fiery Guillen, never afraid to speak his mind on any subject, unloaded on West after Chicago's 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, a game that included the ejections of both Guillen and Buehrle for protesting a pair of balks in the first three innings.

Guillen didn't hold back in a profane-filled attack on West.

“Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he's always going to be like this,” Guillen said, dropping several expletives throughout a rant that's certain to get a look from Major League Baseball.

Buehrle's ejection in the third didn't rattle the White Sox, who regrouped after losing him and survived a scary ninth by closer Bobby Jenks to win their first road series this season.

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahen drove in two runs as Chicago took two of three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high four errors.

Jenks nearly blew a 5-1 lead, allowing Cleveland to score three runs before striking out Austin Kearns with the bases loaded and getting Russell Branyan to fly out.

White Sox reliever Tony Pena (1-1), summoned in the fourth after Randy Williams left with an apparent foot injury, worked four scoreless innings.

Buehrle didn't make it out of the third, one inning longer than Guillen lasted. Both were tossed by West, who felt two of the lefty's pickoff moves were illegal.

Matt LaPorta was on first in the second when West called the first balk on Buehrle, who didn't like the decision and had words with West. Guillen came out to defend his pitcher and was thrown out after about a minute.

In the third, Buehrle gave up an infield single to Jason Donald, and with Trevor Crowe up, he was called for a second balk. This time, Buehrle flipped his glove off and was immediately ejected by West.

NOTES: The Indians begin a 10-game trip Friday when they open a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.



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