CINCINNATI — By now, National League hitters ought to know a little bit about Mark Buehrle. Judging by the Cincinnati Reds' swings, he's still mostly a mystery.
The left-hander pitched seven shutout innings, his latest impressive showing against the NL, and the Chicago White Sox added to their run of success against the Reds with a 4-1 victory Sunday.
The White Sox are 14-3 against Cincinnati in interleague play, winning 10 of their last 11. The latest one had a lot to do with Buehrle (7-2), who is usually at his best against NL hitters who don't know him very well.
The left-hander is 19-6 in interleague play, winning 15 of his last 17 starts against NL teams. Buehrle has won both his career starts against the Reds, who spent the afternoon hitting ground balls off his sinkers.
"Maybe it's just that some of these guys haven't seen me before," said Buehrle, who gave up five hits and one walk. "You just go out there and (use) some of the pitches they haven't seen. It's worked to my advantage."
Happens that way nearly every time.
"You pretty much expect it from this guy," Chicago leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik said. "He went out there and was pretty much vintage Buehrle."
Aaron Harang (5-7) remained winless since May 25 despite a solid performance — three runs, eight hits, no walks in seven innings. Podsednik singled twice and scored a pair of runs.
The Reds finished a 3-3 homestand that rendered them a break-even team all around. Cincinnati fell to 34-34 overall, with a mark of 17-17 at home and 17-17 on the road. The Reds consider themselves fortunate to be at .500 considering the way injuries have decimated the infield.
"If you had told me in spring training we'd be where we are now with everything that's happened, I would have taken it, especially in this division," shortstop Jerry Hairston Jr. said. "We're right in the thick of things."
Encarnacion, Votto on rehab assignments
Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion was sent to Triple-A Louisville to start a rehab assignment. Encarnacion went 0-for-2 with a walk. He's been out since April 28 with a chipped bone in his left wrist.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto was 1-for-3 with an RBI single, a walk and two strikeouts in Dayton's 7-6 win over West Michigan, his second game with the Single-A club. Votto is expected to return to the Reds later this week.