Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle worked eight innings to pick up his first win since the second week of April and Alexei Ramirez drove in five runs in an 8-0 White Sox win to kick off a three-game interleague series with the Florida Marlins.
Buehrle (3-5) snapped a personal five-game losing streak dating back to April 16 and yielded only three hits in the superb showing. The veteran lefty had dropped five of six starts since beating the Twins on April 11. He walked three and struck out three.
Ramirez popped a three-run homer and had a two-run double in the win, just Chicago's third in the last eight games. Mark Kotsay was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and scored three times.
Ricky Nolasco (4-3) was roughed up for 10 hits and eight runs over 5 1/3 innings for Florida, which was dealt only its third loss in the last nine contests.
Chicago rallied for a pair of runs in the second inning to open the scoring. Kotsay and Mark Teahen reached on singles and moved up on a Nolasco wild pitch with two outs. Ramirez scored both with a double to left field.
Wes Helms had one of two extra-base hits for the Marlins when he led off the third with a double. However, he was erased at third by catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the next at-bat on an unsuccessful bunt by Cameron Maybin.
Kotsay teed off on a first-pitch fastball from Nolasco to start the fourth for his fourth home run of the year and a 3-0 edge. The lead ballooned to 8-0 with a five-run sixth.
An Alex Rios double got things started and Paul Konerko chased him home with a base hit to center. Kotsay and Carlos Quentin followed with singles to load the bases and Teahen got another run home with a sacrifice fly. Then came a deep fly to left from Ramirez to blow the game open and end Nolasco's day.
Dan Meyer came on to record the final two outs, but the damage was done. Florida wasted a Dan Uggla leadoff walk an inning later and the Marlins went in order from there.
Sergio Santos pitched the ninth despite Buehrle being at only 91 pitches.
At 20-6, Buehrle owns the best career winning percentage in interleague play. This was his first-ever start against the Marlins...Florida entered with the best interleague record of all NL teams at 120-99... Nolasco had won his last two starts...The Marlins lead the all-time series, 4-3, winning two of three from the White Sox in 2007 and '04...Quentin picked up two hits in the win.