Sunday fun day: Sox break loose

They came in bunches—four here, three there, another five just in case, and one more for good measure.

The runs just kept on coming for the White Sox on Sunday.

After averaging just three runs over their previous 13 games, the Sox took out their frustrations against the Montreal Expos with a 13-2 rout.

Magglio Ordonez, who was 3-for-5, led the onslaught by driving in six runs to tie his career high.

"We needed this," said Ordonez, who last had six RBIs on July 16, 2000, against Milwaukee. "We have been struggling for the last couple of weeks and we needed a day like this."

Mark Buehrle (9-4) was the benefactor of the Sox outburst, pitching seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.

"It's nice that [the offense] showed up today," Buehrle said.

The Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Ordonez drove in two runs with a two-strike double to right.

Jose Valentin rapped a single to left, but Ordonez stopped at third. Left fielder Wil Cordero threw to the plate and catcher Michael Barrett faked a throw to second, where Valentin advanced. Instead, Barrett threw wildly to third trying to nab Ordonez. Both runners scored as the throw rolled into the left-field corner.

"To jump out to a 4-0 lead was nice for everybody, just knowing the hitting was going to be there today," said Buehrle, who threw just 86 pitches. "You don't want to go out there and have to make that perfect pitch every time."

Orlando Cabrera delivered a two-run single in the second for Montreal's only runs.

The Sox chased Expos starter Carl Pavano (3-8) in the fourth inning when Mark Johnson and Royce Clayton rapped one-out singles and Kenny Lofton lined an RBI double. Britt Reames relieved Pavano and promptly yielded a two-run single by Tony Graffanino to give the Sox a 7-2 lead.

Valentin socked his ninth home run to lead off the fifth for an 8-2 Sox advantage. Reames was left in the game for more punishment in the five-run fifth. Nine men batted as Reames walked three and hit a batter. Ordonez drove a three-run double to right for a 12-2 lead.

"A key for me is to go to the opposite field," said Ordonez, who had batted just .238 (10-for-42) over his previous 12 games. "I hope I get hot and help my team to win. My key to drive the ball is to use my hands."

Buehrle joined the Yankees' Mike Mussina and Red Sox's Derek Lowe as nine-game winners in the American League. He has made seven consecutive starts of seven innings or more.

"I'm one of the lucky ones on this staff because I have gotten the run support that no one else has," Buehrle said. "I think that's why I have nine wins right now."

The Sox snapped their three-game losing streak with the lopsided win in front of 21,870 fans at Comiskey Park.

"When everyone chips in to get base hits, a couple of two-out RBIs, and some hustling running plays, hopefully it can get contagious for a long period of time," Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.

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