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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After the Chicago White Sox committed four errors and had only two singles in the first seven innings Sunday, manager Ozzie Guillen knew what he was going to tell the media after the game.
"I was preparing my speech in the eighth inning," Guillen said. "It was poor pitching, poor defense and real bad offense."
Guillen can save that speech for another day, as the White Sox rallied with a two-run eighth to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 for their seventh straight victory and 15th in 19 games.
Pinch-hitter Pablo Ozuna doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth as the White Sox put together four hits off three Kansas City relievers.
"It was real ugly, but we got it done," Guillen said. "Everything we did worked out for us."
Royals starter Denny Bautista had limited the White Sox to two runs and two hits over seven innings, leaving with a 3-2 lead.
"Denny threw the ball well for seven innings," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "Everybody felt he did his job. He was elevating the ball in the seventh and we had guys fresh in the bullpen."
Aaron Rowand's two-out single off rookie left-hander Andrew Sisco tied the score before Ozuna's double to right.
"If we can stay close, we've got a lot of guys who can step up," said Rowand, who drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Saturday.
"We've got a good group down there," Cotts said of the bullpen. "It's more of a veteran group, in terms of age and experience. Nobody wants to be the guy that doesn't get the job done. I think we feed off everybody in the bullpen."
The Royals led 3-2 after Matt Stairs homered leading off the seventh inning. They have lost five straight -- four by one run -- and 11 of 13.
"It wears on you," Sisco said. "It's tough to stay upbeat in the clubhouse, but we're right there. We've had one-run games in four of the last five. We just as easily today could be talking about a big win."
Bautista opened the game by walking Scott Podsednik and Harris on 10 pitches. Both runners eventually scored, but Bautista allowed just one more hit after the first. He struck out four and walked four before departing after seven innings.
"In the first inning, I tried to do too much and that's why I got in trouble," Bautista said. "After that I got command of my fastball and slider and I don't think about the first inning."
The Royals stranded nine runners in the first five innings, including two at third base and four at second. They went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the first five innings.
"It seems we can't get a big hit at the right time," Pena said.
Joe McEwing led off the Royals' fifth with a double and advanced to third when right fielder Timo Perez had trouble picking up the ball. Ruben Gotay's single scored McEwing. Stairs and Terrence Long walked to load the bases and Gotay scored the tying run when second baseman Harris fumbled Angel Berroa's grounder for one of four White Sox errors.
White Sox starter Orlando Hernandez left after five innings and 111 pitches, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and four hits. He walked six and struck out five.
"Six walks is no good," Hernandez said. "I'm happy the team won, but I'm not happy with my outing. This is not good."
|Shingo Takatsu closes out the Royals in the ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season. (AP)|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.308|
|Willie Harris, 2B||3||2||2||0||1||1||0||.368|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||3||.239|
|Ross Gload, 1B||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.154|
|a- Jermaine Dye, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.177|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||1||1||1||0||1||.235|
|Timo Perez, RF||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.185|
|b- Pablo Ozuna, PH-1B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.200|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.286|
|Chris Widger, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Joe Crede, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.313|
|a-struck out for Gload in the 8th|
|b-doubled for Perez in the 8th|
|2B - Pablo Ozuna (1, Sisco)|
|RBI - Ross Gload (1), Aaron Rowand (6), Timo Perez (2), Pablo Ozuna (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (3), Pablo Ozuna (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Joe Crede (3, Wild throw), Willie Harris (1, Misplayed grounder), Timo Perez (1, Misplayed grounder), Chris Widger (1, Wild throw)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Neal Cotts (W,1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.86|
|Luis Vizcaino (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.71|
|Shingo Takatsu (S,6)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||7.94|
|Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 111-61, Cliff Politte 20-13, Neal Cotts 7-6, Luis Vizcaino 8-6, Shingo Takatsu 12-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 5-6, Cliff Politte 2-2, Luis Vizcaino 1-2, Shingo Takatsu 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 26, Cliff Politte 6, Neal Cotts 2, Luis Vizcaino 3, Shingo Takatsu 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Joe McEwing, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.450|
|Ruben Gotay, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||4||2||.241|
|Mike Sweeney, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||0||3||.308|
|Matt Stairs, DH||2||1||1||1||3||0||0||.275|
|Eli Marrero, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.122|
|Terrence Long, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.260|
|Angel Berroa, SS||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.230|
|John Buck, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.189|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.111|
|2B - Joe McEwing (1, Hernandez), Angel Berroa (3, Hernandez)|
|HR - Matt Stairs (2, Politte)|
|RBI - Ruben Gotay (8), Matt Stairs (4)|
|SB - Joe McEwing (3, 2nd base off Hernandez/Widger), Angel Berroa (3, 3rd base off Hernandez/Widger)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Eli Marrero 1|
|DP - Gotay-Berroa-Sweeney, McEwing-Gotay-Sweeney|
|E - Angel Berroa (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jaime Cerda (H,2)||0.1||1||1||1||0||0||0||12.27|
|Shawn Camp (L,0-2)||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||9.45|
|Andy Sisco (BS,2)||0.2||2||0||0||0||1||0||1.29|
|WP - Denny Bautista (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Denny Bautista 99-60, Jaime Cerda 8-5, Shawn Camp 6-4, Andy Sisco 9-6, Mike Wood 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Denny Bautista 9-8, Jaime Cerda 1-0, Mike Wood 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Denny Bautista 27, Jaime Cerda 2, Shawn Camp 1, Andy Sisco 3, Mike Wood 3|
|Attendance - 15331|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 57|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|