Sox Down Royals On Pinch-Hit Grand Slam By Andruw Jones

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Paul Konerko's Two Home Runs Help Sox Overcome 6-0 Deficit To Beat Royals

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Andruw Jones’ pinch-hit grand slam capped a six-run sixth inning and led the Chicago White Sox over Kansas City, 12-6, in the finale of a three-game set from U.S. Cellular Field.

Paul Konerko hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in five for the White Sox, who took the rubber match in the series and pulled within six games of Minnesota in the AL Central. The Twins had won earlier Sunday.

Sergio Santos (2-0) earned the win after 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. It got starter Lucas Harrell off the hook, after he was charged with nine hits and six runs with three walks over 3 1/3 innings.

Billy Butler and Brayan Pena hit three-run shots for the Royals, who have dropped eight of their last 10.

Philip Humber (1-1) took the loss after allowing five hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings while spelling Sean O’Sullivan. The KC starter yielded eight hits and six runs — five earned — over three-plus frames.

The White Sox moved ahead in the sixth against three Royals hurlers. Humber walked Omar Vizquel with one out, and moved up on an Alex Rios single then scored on a Konerko base hit. Manny Ramirez was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Pierzynski drew a walk off Dusty Hughes to force in Rios for an 8-6 game.

Blake Wood came on but Jones cleared the bases and the wall in left for a grand slam and 12-6 Chicago lead.

J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton turned in scoreless seventh and eighth innings, then Chris Sale stranded runners on second and third in the ninth after fanning Yuniesky Betancourt looking to end the game.

Butler’s three-run blast was a rude welcome for Harrell and gave the Royals an early edge. Wilson Betemit singled and Alex Gordon walked ahead of Pena’s three-run shot for a 6-0 game after one-half inning.

Konerko hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to begin the comeback, then hit another two-run shot in the third to make it 6-4.

Chicago knotted the game in the fourth on a pair of bases-loaded conversions, as Juan Pierre lofted a sacrifice fly and then a passed ball from Humber plated the tying run.

The White Sox won the season series 10-8, including taking seven of nine on Chicago’s south side…Pena’s last homer came on September 26, 2009…Scheduled White Sox starter Freddy Garcia was scratched with lingering back problems. He had an epidural injection on Thursday but the treatment apparently didn’t take in time for Garcia to throw…Royals second baseman Chris Getz left the game in the fifth inning after being hit in the helmet on a successful steal of second.


White Sox Seek Series Win Over Royals; Trail Twins By Six Games In AL Central

(Sports Network) – Struggles against fellow American League Central residents, specifically the Kansas City Royals, could keep the Chicago White Sox out of the playoffs.

Much in need of a series win, the White Sox turn today to a pitcher with just one career start as Lucas Harrell takes the mound for Sunday’s finale of a three-game set with the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox, who trail the Twins by six games for the top spot in the division, are only 29-33 against teams within the AL Central, including just a 9-8 mark versus the last-place Royals. Chicago is 3-6 at Kansas City and lost for the second time in eight meetings with the Royals at home on Saturday, a disheartening 8-2 setback.

Seven of nine Kansas City starters drove in a run yesterday as the Royals posted 18 hits. Brayan Pena led the way with two hits and a pair of RBI, while Gregor Blanco, Mitch Maier, Kila Ka’aihue and Wilson Betemit all finished with three hits. Billy Butler and Ka’aihue were the lone Royals without an RBI.

“We just have to believe and let our ability take care of itself and just play at a high [level] every single inning, every single pitch and every single at- bat,” Blanco said.

Kyle Davies benefited from the run support and gave up just a run on five hits over six innings as the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak and won for just the second time in nine games.

Edwin Jackson suffered his first loss in four decisions with the White Sox since being acquired from Arizona in a trade, as he yielded six runs and 13 hits over five-plus innings.

“That club, they can swing the bat. We have seen them all year long, and they go out there and swing the bat. From the beginning, we couldn’t do anything,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of the Royals.

Paul Konerko hit his 34th home run, doubled, walked and scored twice for the White Sox, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

A back ailment will prevent Freddy Garcia from making his scheduled start today as the right-hander received an epidural on Thursday. Stepping in will be Harrell, who hasn’t started since his major league debut on July 30.

The 25-year-old righty did get the win on that day after throwing six innings of one-run ball versus Oakland, but did not pitch again until a relief outing on Aug. 28 versus the Yankees.

The right-handed Harrell then pitched four innings out of the bullpen on Tuesday in Detroit, following Garcia after back stiffness forced him out of the game following just two innings of work. Harrell allowed four unearned runs on six hits and three walks and did not factor into the decision.

The Royals’ Sean O’Sullivan has won just once in nine games (eight starts) since being acquired from the Angels and today faces the lone club he beat. However, while that win did come versus the White Sox back on Aug. 22, it came in relief and the right-hander pitched just an inning.

O’Sullivan, who turned 23 on Sept. 1, is 1-5 with a 6.90 earned run average with Kansas City and lost his most recent start on Monday in Minnesota. He allowed five runs on seven hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings.


White Sox Send Rookie Lucas Harrell To Face Royals

The White Sox face the Royals Sunday afternoon in a critical game before the Twins come to town on Tuesday.

Today was supposed to be Freddy Garcia's turn in the rotation, but manager Ozzie Guillen has decided to start rookie Lucas Harrell, who has thrown well in one previous start and two relief appearances.

The game will begin at 1:05 CDT and be televised on CSN Chicago.

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