CHICAGO, IL - JULY 04: Adam Dunn # 32 of the Chicago White Sox tips his cap after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on July 4, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Dunn, Sox Win In Balk Off Fashion

Sox blow lead, win in bottom of the ninth on Kansas City balk.

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Dunn's Two Hits Lead Sox To Victory

At least for one night Sox fans can exhale and refrain from all their Adam Dunn bashing. Just about all of the 2011 season fans have been begging for the benching of Dunn or the trading of Dunn and home or away would shower him with a chorus of boo’s. In Monday’s series opener with the Royals, Dunn hit a two-run homer to give the Sox a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nobody can say if this will be the slump buster Dunn needed or if it was just one good game and will begin to struggle again tomorrow. At least for Monday’s game, Dunn and Sox fans have something to celebrate.

Kansas City got off to an early 3-0 lead on the Sox Monday evening. Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run homer in the first and Billy Butler added an RBI single in the the third. The first three innings it looked like the Sox bats would be silenced again by an average pitcher. In the fourth the Sox got one run on a double play groundout. Ramon Castro then homered in the fifth to pull the Sox to within one and then Adam Dunn hit a towering homer to right to give the Sox the lead.

Before the crowd could even stop cheering, Eric Hosmer tied the game on a leadoff homer off Sergio Santos. In the bottom of the ninth the Sox got two on with two outs when Aaron Crow was called for a balk allowing the winning run to score and give the Sox a 5-4 win.

Mark Buehrle got the start for the Sox Monday. After a shaky start, Buehrle settled down to go seven innings allowing three runs on seven hits. Sergio Santos blew the save in the ninth, but earned the victory to improve to 3-3 on the season.

Jeff Francis pitched well for the Royals in the series opener. Francis went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Aaron Crow, the Royals All-Star representative, gave up three runs in an inning and two thirds to earn the loss and drop his record to 2-2.

Game two of the series will be Tuesday evening.


White Sox Begin Series With Royals

If the White Sox have any hopes of making the playoffs this season they need two things to happen. They need to play well against the AL Central teams and they need to start winning more at home. Coming into Monday's game the Sox are just 6-11 against the division and are 19-20 at home. No better time to start improving both records then right now.  Monday the Sox open a stretch of 19 straight games against AL Central opponents and the first seven wil be at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Sox welcome the Kansas City Royals to town Monday to begin a three-game series. The Sox and Royals have only met twice this season and split the two meetings.

Mark Buehrle will get the start in game one of the series against the Royals. Buehrle is 6-5 on the season with an ERA of 3.65. The Sox lefty has had a lot of success against Kansas City in his career. Buehrle is 21-11 overall against the Royals.

Jeff Francis will take the ball for the Royals Monday. Francis is 3-9 with an ERA of 4.79 on the season. The Royals lefty has struggled recently. In his last three starts, Francis has an ERA of 7.04.

The forecast at the time of first pitch is temps in the low 80's under partly cloudy skies. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 CST. The game can be seen on CSN.

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