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Teahen drives in two with homer, helps Royals knock off ChiSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Runelvys Hernandez looked at his past for answers.

After looking at tapes from his 2003 season, Hernandez allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings for his first win in four starts, leading the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 4-2 Tuesday night and stopping Chicago's five-game winning streak.

Hernandez (3-7), who allowed eight hits, had been 0-3 since July 21 and entered with a 16.43 ERA against the White Sox in two prior starts this season.

"When you think everything is going to be better you have to work really hard to get better," said Hernandez. "That's what I've been doing right now. I have been looking at my videotape from 2003."

Hernandez, who was 7-5 with a 4.61 ERA in 2003, got help from three double plays turned by the Royals.

"He pitched a nice game. You have to credit him," Jim Thome said. "I think he hit his spots real well. He pitched ahead, worked quick and kept his defense into the game. We just didn't get a lot going."

Chicago, which lost for the second time in eight games, trails Detroit by 6½ games in the AL Central and holds a two-game lead over Minnesota in the wild-card race.

Mark Teahen and Emil Brown homered for the Royals, who had lost five straight since sweeping a three-game series against Boston last week.

"We've had a stretch here where not much has clicked right so it was nice to see that tonight," Teahen said.

With the score 2-all in the sixth, Mark Grudzielanek singled against Javier Vazquez (11-7) and Teahen followed with his 14th homer.

"It was a hit-and-run home run," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "So if you don't hit the ball on the ground on a hit-and-run, you need to hit it out of the park, and that's what he did. So it's OK. But I have never seen that before."

Joe Nelson pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first career save.

Vazquez gave up four runs -- three earned -- and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I felt like I didn't have the command that I usually have even though I didn't walk a lot of guys, but I was behind in the count a lot and I was just missing on the corners," Vazquez said. "I really made one bad pitch, and that was a hanging changeup to Teahen."

Brown hit his 11th homer in the second inning, and right fielder Jermaine Dye dropped Angel Berroa's two-out fly ball to right in the fifth, allowing Ryan Shealy to score from second on the error.

Chicago tied the score in the bottom half on Scott Podsednik's sacrifice fly and Tadahito Iguchi's RBI single. Thome followed with a double to right, but Iguchi was throw out at the plate on Grudzielanek's relay throw from right fielder Reggie Sanders.

Notes

  • Dye committed his fifth error of the season.
  • The Royals hired Steve Williams as assistant director of scouting.
  • The White Sox drew 35,690 for their 40th sellout of the season, their 20th straight.
 
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Get pumped! Runelvys Hernandez pitches into the eighth, striking out five and allowing two runs.  (AP)
Get pumped! Runelvys Hernandez pitches into the eighth, striking out five and allowing two runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

T. Iguchi
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-LF4010012 .296
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5120002 .288
Mark Teahen, 3B5112013 .281
Mike Sweeney, DH3000100 .214
Emil Brown, LF4121001 .286
    Joey Gathright, CF0000000 .215
Reggie Sanders, RF4020011 .242
Ryan Shealy, 1B4110014 .250
John Buck, C3000103 .240
Angel Berroa, SS4000001 .234
Totals364932417 
Batting
HR - Mark Teahen (14, Vazquez), Emil Brown (11, Vazquez)
RBI - Mark Teahen 2 (56), Emil Brown (63)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reggie Sanders 1
DP - Teahen-Berroa-Shealy, Teahen-Grudzielanek-Shealy, Ru. Hernandez-Shealy
Kansas City Royals
Runelvys Hernandez (W,3-7) 7.2822350 7.49
Ambiorix Burgos (H,3) 0.1000000 5.65
Joe Nelson (S,1) 1000020 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 110-67, Ambiorix Burgos 1-1, Joe Nelson 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 4-10
Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 30, Ambiorix Burgos 1, Joe Nelson 3
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF3011020 .263
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4021011 .292
Jim Thome, DH2010202 .300
Paul Konerko, 1B4020003 .303
Jermaine Dye, RF4000014 .326
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000011 .306
Joe Crede, 3B4000010 .301
Juan Uribe, SS2110100 .249
Brian Anderson, CF3110011 .226
Totals302823712 
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (25, Ru. Hernandez), Jim Thome (18, Ru. Hernandez), Brian Anderson (17, Ru. Hernandez)
SF - Scott Podsednik (4)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (41), Tadahito Iguchi (52)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (27)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
E - Jermaine Dye (5, ), David Riske (1, )
Chicago White Sox
Javier Vazquez (L,11-7) 5.1743012 5.13
David Riske 2.2100130 2.86
Neal Cotts 1100100 3.11
HBP - DeJesus (by Javier Vazquez)
WP - Javier Vazquez (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 82-48, David Riske 30-20, Neal Cotts 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-8, Neal Cotts 1-2
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 24, David Riske 10, Neal Cotts 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35690
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora