It may have taken a little extra time, but the Chicago White Sox got the job done on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals by the score of 9-8 in 14 innings.
The lead changed hands four times in the game, with Chicago being able to find a way in the latter stages of the evening. The White Sox were trailing 7-6 in the ninth inning, before A.J. Pierzynski singled home Kevin Youkilis. Orlando Hudson tried to be the go-ahead run, but was cut down at home.
In the 14th, it was Gordon Beckham scoring on a Youkilis sacrifice fly for the eventual game-winning run. The ex-Red Sox had an incredible at-bat, lasting 14 pitches.
Chicago knocked around Kansas City pitching to the tune of 15 hits, with no fewer than five White Sox with multiple hits. Dayan Viciedo had a fine game going 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios also hit bombs to support Jose Quintana, who only pitched five innings.
Quintana was hit hard, giving up five runs on eight hits including a pair of home runs. For the Royals, Bruce Chen was equally ineffective. Chen was battered in 4.2 innings for six earned runs on nine hits and three walks.
Chicago will try to secure the series with Jake Peavy against Luke Hochevar on Satruday night.
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