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The White Sox followed their preferred script Friday night.
Mark Buehrle recorded his first shutout this season and pushed his scoreless-innings streak to 18.
Leadoff batter Scott Podsednik set the tone on offense with a stolen base in the first inning.
Paul Konerko later had a two-run single that extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Jermaine Dye hit his third home run in as many games, and so did the resurgent Frank Thomas.
Never did a victory look as cozy as the White Sox's 6-0 interleague victory over a patchwork Los Angeles Dodgers team before an entertained crowd of 28,870 at U.S. Cellular Field.
"This team has been doing it all year," Thomas said after hitting his fifth homer in 25 at-bats since returning from a severe left ankle injury. "I was happy just to be a part of it. My goal was just to add to the mix."
The Sox improved to 2-2 on this 12-game homestand, with their offense gaining strength and giving Buehrle long overdue run support.
Buehrle (8-1) won his first game since May 18. He had been saddled with four consecutive no-decisions despite allowing three earned runs or fewer in those starts.
He didn't allow a run for the second time in as many starts, and his outfielders were responsible for only five putouts. Buehrle didn't walk a batter for the fourth time and has walked two or fewer in all but two of his 14 starts.
"This kid is the heart of the White Sox," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every time he pitches, my bullpen will be fresh for the next day."
Buehrle extended his streak of pitching at least six innings to 42 starts, surpassing Curt Schilling's stretch of 41 in 2000-01 with Arizona.
Buehrle also turned in his eighth consecutive quality start (pitching at least six innings and allowing three earned runs or fewer).
Making matters easy for Buehrle was a Dodgers team with eight players currently on the disabled list, including third baseman and former Sox Jose Valentin, outfielder Milton Bradley and catcher Paul Bako.
In addition, shortstop Cesar Izturis was sidelined because of a right hamstring strain.
Buehrle allowed two hits in the eighth, but catcher Mike Rose hit into a double play and Antonio Perez was picked off first base.
The closest call Buehrle had came in the ninth when J.D. Drew lined a single off his glove that nearly struck him in the head. But Buehrle retired the formidable Jeff Kent on a broken-bat popup to second and Olmedo Saenz on a called third strike to end the game and improve his home record to 6-0.
The Sox have outscored their opponents in the first inning 53-26, with Podsednik leading the way with a walk and stolen base that preceded Konerko's two-run single.
Thomas' power has given the Sox an added dimension. He hit a home run Wednesday that ignited a 10-run rally that enabled the Sox to steal a 12-6 over Arizona.
Five of Thomas' eight hits have been home runs, and that suits Guillen fine.
"Well, he doesn't have to run the bases," Guillen said. "Frank is shooting for 500 [home runs], and it's good for him and for us."
Thomas laughed when informed of Guillen's comments.
"I don't want to be running," Thomas said. "It's very uncomfortable. I have to get through these injuries."
Thomas needs one more homer to tie Dave Kingman for 29th on the career home run list at 442.
"I've watched a lot of video," Thomas said. "I'm just trying to be me."