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Sweeney, Royals rally thwart ChiSox's Garland from 16th win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, the Kansas City Royals keep playing well against tough opponents.

Mike Sweeney homered twice and drove in five runs, and Emil Brown hit a run-scoring single in the 13th inning as the Royals overcame a five-run deficit and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday.

Jon Garland, trying to become the first 16-game winner in the major leagues, left with a 5-2 lead but his bullpen couldn't hold it, partly because of sloppy fielding.

"We faced probably one of top three pitchers in the American League in Garland," Sweeney said. "When we got down five to nothing, I thought, man it is going to be tough, but we can do it. We marched back and never quit. can't remember the last time we won a series against Chicago. We haven't done that much."

Kansas City took two of three games in the series against the White Sox, whose 65-35 record is the best in the major leagues.

"This is the best club in baseball and we beat (Mark) Buehrle and Garland back-to-back," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "It doesn't really get any better than that."

While the Royals are 38-63, the second-worst record in the AL ahead of only Tampa Bay (36-66), they also swept a three-game series from the New York Yankees from May 31-June 2. Chicago had won the series opener 14-6 Monday.

"That was two great wins especially against them," said David DeJesus, who scored the winning run. "They put it to us earlier this season. To come out after the first game, getting beat like the way we did, to come back with two games like this together definitely is a step in the right direction for us."

The Royals received seven shutout innings from their bullpen, with Andy Sisco pitching two innings, and Ambiorix Burgos, Mike MacDougal, Jeremy Affeldt, Leo Nunez and Shawn Camp (1-2) throwing one inning each.

"That was huge," Sweeney said. "I know a lot of teams are calling about some of our guns in the bullpen.

"If Allard is smart, he'll keep them here," he added, referring to general manager Allard Baird. "They showed us why they are so valuable."

Camp (1-2), promoted Monday from Triple-A Omaha, pitched a perfect 13th. The White Sox protested the game because Camp was not listed on the lineup card.

"The right side of the card is a courtesy" for the reserves and the bullpen, Bell said. "Apparently, they don't know the rules. The protest is a non-issue for me."

With the score 5-all DeJesus led off the 13th with a single off Luis Vizcaino (4-5), the seventh White Sox pitcher. DeJesus took second on Chip Ambres' single. Sweeney's single to center loaded the bases and Brown ended the game with his third hit of the day.

"The shadows were so bad," Brown said. "I swung and missed at a slider on the first pitch and must have looked awful. I couldn't pick it up at all. I swung where I thought it started and not where it finished. On the second pitch, I thought, 'You're getting another slider. You took such a terrible swing at it. Stay short and through it.'"

Juan Uribe and Scott Podsednik both were caught stealing in the 12th. The White Sox lead the majors with 45 caught stealing.

In the bottom half, Kansas City left the bases loaded when John Buck hit a grounder off rookie Bobby Jenks.

Garland, who lowered his ERA to 3.09, gave up three runs -- just one earned -- and five hits in seven innings.

"It's pretty impressive to get that many decisions," said Garland, who was 15-4 in his first 19 starts. "I'm not going to worry about this one. I gave my team a chance."

He threw 63 of 88 pitches for strikes and was replaced by Neal Cotts after giving up a leadoff single to DeJesus in the eighth.

Terrence Long reached on first baseman Ross Gload's error as DeJesus took third and Sweeney hit a three-run homer on a fastball off Cliff Politte, who had not been scored on in 30 of his previous 33 outings. It was Sweeney's 16th multihomer game.

"The ball went through my legs," Gload said. "If you hit it to me now, I'd probably catch it."

Garland held the Royals to two hits in the first five innings before giving up a two-run homer to Sweeney on a slider with two outs in the sixth. The runs were unearned because of second baseman Tadahito Iguchi's error on Long's grounder.

"We played poor defense all week," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Kansas City's Runelvys Hernandez, who had won his previous three starts, did not allow a hit until Aaron Rowand's double with one out in the fourth.

Uribe hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Chicago made it 5-0 in the sixth on Jermaine Dye's three-run homer and Joe Crede's solo shot.

"I threw only two bad pitches," Hernandez said. "I have to say thank you to my team for coming back."

Notes

  • White Sox DH Carl Everett was ejected in the first inning by plate umpire Tim Timmons after disputing a called third strike. Perez replaced him.
  • Long went 0-for-4, snapping his seven-game hitting streak, but he reached base twice on errors and scored two runs.
  • 1B Matt Stairs leads the Royals with 40 walks, but has just four in his past 28 games, including one in the eighth inning.
 
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Emil Brown -- game-winning hit -- and Mike Sweeney -- two homers, five RBI -- key the K.C. victory. (AP)
Emil Brown -- game-winning hit -- and Mike Sweeney -- two homers, five RBI -- key the K.C. victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Sweeney
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 5
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF6010001 .299
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5100021 .272
Aaron Rowand, CF6010001 .289
Carl Everett, DH1000010 .258
   a- Timo Perez, PH-DH3110001 .240
   b- Pablo Ozuna, PH-DH2010010 .294
Jermaine Dye, RF5113112 .267
Ross Gload, 1B3000101 .136
   c- Paul Konerko, PH-1B0000100 .258
Joe Crede, 3B4211123 .253
Chris Widger, C5010002 .278
Juan Uribe, SS4011020 .237
Totals445854912 
a-lined out for Everett in the 4th
b-doubled for Perez in the 11th
c-was walked intentionally for Gload in the 11th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (19, Ru. Hernandez), Pablo Ozuna (3, Affeldt)
HR - Jermaine Dye (20, Ru. Hernandez), Joe Crede (14, Ru. Hernandez)
SF - Juan Uribe (9)
RBI - Jermaine Dye 3 (54), Joe Crede (44), Juan Uribe (50)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Crede (12)
CS - Scott Podsednik (14, 2nd base by Nunez/Buck), Juan Uribe (5, 2nd base by Nunez/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ross Gload (1, Misplayed grounder), Tadahito Iguchi (8, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland 7531021 3.09
Neal Cotts0010000 2.36
Cliff Politte (BS,1) 0.1111101 1.71
Damaso Marte 1.1000230 2.90
Dustin Hermanson 1.1100110 1.85
Bobby Jenks 2100220 4.32
Luis Vizcaino (L,4-5) 0.1411010 4.01
IBB - Berroa by Bobby Jenks
HBP - Berroa (by Jon Garland), Ambres (by Bobby Jenks)
WP - Cliff Politte (1), Bobby Jenks (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 88-63, Neal Cotts 7-5, Cliff Politte 14-6, Damaso Marte 28-16, Dustin Hermanson 23-13, Bobby Jenks 47-23, Luis Vizcaino 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 7-13, Neal Cotts 1-0, Dustin Hermanson 3-0, Bobby Jenks 1-3
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 28, Neal Cotts 1, Cliff Politte 3, Damaso Marte 6, Dustin Hermanson 6, Bobby Jenks 10, Luis Vizcaino 5
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF6220100 .293
Terrence Long, LF4200000 .281
   a- Chip Ambres, PH-LF2010011 .467
Mike Sweeney, DH7235012 .316
Matt Stairs, 1B3010110 .260
    Joe McEwing, PR-1B3010013 .262
Emil Brown, RF7031013 .292
Mark Teahen, 3B4000223 .252
Angel Berroa, SS4010104 .261
Ruben Gotay, 2B3000002 .236
   b- Donnie Murphy, PH-2B2000114 .263
John Buck, C6000014 .232
Totals5161266926 
a-struck out for Long in the 9th
b-struck out for Gotay in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Stairs (15, Garland), Emil Brown (20, Garland)
HR - Mike Sweeney 2 (15, Garland, Politte)
RBI - Mike Sweeney 5 (55), Emil Brown (47)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney 2 (21)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
DP - Gotay-Berroa-Stairs
E - Donnie Murphy (3, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Runelvys Hernandez 6555232 4.49
Andy Sisco 2100110 2.40
Ambiorix Burgos 1000010 4.25
Mike MacDougal 1000010 3.40
Jeremy Affeldt 1100110 2.18
Leo Nunez 1100010 7.12
Shawn Camp (W,1-2) 1000010 9.58
IBB - Konerko by Jeremy Affeldt
HBP - Iguchi (by Runelvys Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 79-53, Andy Sisco 27-16, Ambiorix Burgos 13-7, Mike MacDougal 12-8, Jeremy Affeldt 25-13, Leo Nunez 14-9, Shawn Camp 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 6-9, Andy Sisco 2-2, Mike MacDougal 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Leo Nunez 1-0, Shawn Camp 1-1
Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 26, Andy Sisco 7, Ambiorix Burgos 3, Mike MacDougal 3, Jeremy Affeldt 5, Leo Nunez 3, Shawn Camp 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17378
Game Time - 4:25
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Mike Everitt