Starting pitcher Jake Peavy was uncharacteristically off his game, allowing five runs (three earned) in five and a third innings to get the loss. Relief pitcher Brett Meyers let up an additional four runs (all earned) in the bottom of the eighth, increasing Chicago's deficit on the scoreboard from 5-4 to 9-4.
Chicago got two runs in the top of the sixth on a homer from designated hitter Paul Konerko that scored first baseman Adam Dunn. It was Konerko's 20th of the season. Their other two runs came courtesy of another homer, this time from Dunn. It was Dunn's 35th overall, sending home third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
The loss drops the White Sox to 65-54, while the Royals improve to 53-66. Game three of the series between the two clubs will be Sunday at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time.
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