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Published: Thursday, 10/1/2009

Tribe splits doubleheader with Chisox


CLEVELAND - Eric Wedge's final home game yesterday was like so many others this season: empty seats, a young lineup, and a loss.

Mark Buehrle pitched six shutout innings and Paul Konerko drove in the only run as the Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland 1-0 to split a season-ending doubleheader. The Tribe won the opener 5-1.

In the second game, Buehrle (13-10) outdueled Justin Masterson (4-10) and sent fired manager Eric Wedge off on a final road trip to Boston's Fenway Park, where the Indians played for the AL title just two years ago.

Cleveland finished 35-46 at Progressive Field.

Buehrle allowed three hits - two in the first - and struck out three.

In the opener, Fausto Carmona (5-12) pitched seven strong inningsfor Cleveland.

The Indians were fortunate to get a pair of two-out hits off Buehrle in the first.

After that, the left-hander dominated them.

With two down, Shin Soo-Choo singled and Jhonny Peralta doubled. Matt LaPorta then grounded out on a ball that deflected off Buehrle's glove to second baseman Brent Lillibridge, ending Cleveland's only threat.

The White Sox weren't having much more success against Masterson, who matched Buehrle pitch for pitch until Paul Konerko singled in a run in the sixth. DeWayne Wise led off with a double over the head of center fielder Trevor Crowe. Masterson retired the next two before Konerko bounced a hit through the middle.

Travis Hafner homered in the opener for Cleveland.

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