Chicago at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: R. Hernandez (5-8) L: J. Contreras (11-7)
S: J. Nelson (5)
HR: CHW - J. Crede (29)   KC - M. Teahen (18)

Chicago throws game away; Royals hold off Sox to win

CBS wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Playoff contenders should beware of the last-place Kansas City Royals.

Since Aug. 8, the Royals are 3-0 against the Boston Red Sox, 4-2 against the Chicago White Sox, 2-1 against the Minnesota Twins and 2-2 against the Oakland Athletics.

Mark Teahen hit a two-run homer to highlight a six-run fourth inning and the Royals held off the White Sox 7-5 Friday night.

"It is more exciting playing teams in it right now because obviously we're not playing for a whole lot," Teahen said. "To be able to knock off those teams is more exciting. We're not in the hunt, but we can affect who makes the playoffs."

The White Sox threatened in the ninth, loading the bases twice. Tadahito Iguchi drew a one-out walk, Jermaine Dye doubled and Jim Thome walked before Paul Konerko made it 7-5 with a sacrifice fly. A.J. Pierzynski walked to load the bases again, but Joe Crede flew out to left for the final out.

"That's not exactly the way I drew it up," said rookie Joe Nelson, who picked up his fifth save in as many opportunities. "It is a character builder, get yourself in a jam and get yourself out of a game. When Crede hit that last one, I said 'fly ball' and the weight was off my shoulders."

The White Sox remained a half-game in front of Minnesota, which lost at New York, in the AL wild-card standings.

"I hope everybody doesn't go home thinking that they almost blew it," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "I certainly don't look at it that way as we're playing the world champions. We had some anxious moments there in the eighth and ninth. Against these guys, the world champs, you've going to have games like that."

Five of the Royals' run in the fourth off Jose Contreras (11-7) were unearned thanks to three errors by the White Sox. Center fielder Rob Mackowiak threw wildly to third trying to get a runner, third baseman Crede overthrew first while fielding a bunt and shortstop Alex Cintron bobbled a grounder.

"The three mistakes we made cost us six runs," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I'm not going to blame Jose. If you don't get help, you're not going to look good. I'm not going to blame my players. Players make errors. It seemed like we played one bad inning."

Teahen, who leads the Royals with 18 home runs, hit a two-run homer into the Royals' bullpen in right field with two out in the inning. David DeJesus, who has safely in 10 of the past 11 games, also had a two-run double in the inning.

"It was a fastball in and I recognized it," Teahen said. "I wasn't trying to jerk it out of the park. I got to it and hit it good."

Contreras is 0-3 in four starts since an Aug. 11 victory over the Tigers.

"Errors are part of the game," Contreras said through a translator. "I wasn't at my best. When I needed to get the ball down, I couldn't do it."

Royals right-hander Runelvys Hernandez, who shut out Toronto in his previous start, allowed one run on five hits over six innings. Hernandez (5-8) is 3-1 in his past four starts.

Teahen, who was in a 4-for-26 skid and hitless in his previous nine at-bats, singled home DeJesus with two out in the third for the first Kansas City run.

The White Sox scored three runs in the eighth. Pierzynski and Ross Gload had RBI singles, while Paul Konerko was hit by Ambiorix Burgos with the bases loaded.

Crede hit his 29th home run in the fifth for the only run off Hernandez. The White Sox top the majors with 201 home runs. Crede, who also singled in the first, pushed his hit total to 142, which is a career high.

"This is a frustrating game for us," Crede said, referring to the team's errors. "The most frustrating thing is we don't do that often. Give them credit for taking advantage."


  • Dye had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
  • If RHP Ryan Braun, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha, gets in a game, he will be the 29th pitcher used by the Royals this season, which wished August with a 16-13 record, hitting .280 with 38 home runs and 150 runs, while the pitching staff had a 4.38 ERA.
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 The Royals' Mark Teahen hits a single and a home run for  three RBI against the White Sox.  (AP)
The Royals' Mark Teahen hits a single and a home run for three RBI against the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

R. Hernandez
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 3
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5110001
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3210210
Jermaine Dye, RF4130101
Jim Thome, DH4000116
    Pablo Ozuna, PR-DH0000000
Paul Konerko, 1B2002110
A.J. Pierzynski, C4011112
Joe Crede, 3B5121006
Rob Mackowiak, CF2000001
   a- Brian Anderson, PH-CF1000000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1011000
    Ryan Sweeney, CF0000000
Alex Cintron, SS4010003
a-fouled out for Mackowiak in the 7th
b-singled for Anderson in the 8th
2B - Jermaine Dye (, Nelson)
HR - Joe Crede (, Ru. Hernandez)
SF - Paul Konerko ()
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (), A.J. Pierzynski (), Joe Crede (), Ross Gload ()
2-OUT RBI - Ross Gload ()
Team LOB - 11
E - Alex Cintron (, ), Joe Crede (, ), Rob Mackowiak (, )
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,-) 5772261
Boone Logan 1000010
Charlie Haeger 2000020
HBP - Sweeney (by Jose Contreras)
WP - Jose Contreras ()
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 92-55, Boone Logan 12-9, Charlie Haeger 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 5-5, Boone Logan 1-1, Charlie Haeger 2-2
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 26, Boone Logan 3, Charlie Haeger 6
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4222020
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4010012
Mark Teahen, 3B4123011
Mike Sweeney, DH3000001
Emil Brown, RF2100212
Ryan Shealy, 1B4120021
Paul Bako, C4101012
Andres Blanco, SS3100002
Joey Gathright, CF3000013
2B - David DeJesus 2 (, Contreras, Contreras), Mark Grudzielanek (, Contreras)
HR - Mark Teahen (, Contreras)
SH - Andres Blanco ()
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (), Mark Teahen 3 (), Paul Bako ()
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen 3 ()
CS - Andres Blanco (, 2nd base by Contreras/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Blanco-Teahen-Shealy
Kansas City Royals
Runelvys Hernandez (W,-) 6511231
Jimmy Gobble 1.1233110
Ambiorix Burgos 0.1200000
Joel Peralta (H,) 0.1000000
Joe Nelson (S,) 1111300
HBP - Konerko (by Ambiorix Burgos)
Pitches-Strikes - Runelvys Hernandez 96-60, Jimmy Gobble 23-14, Ambiorix Burgos 27-20, Joel Peralta 4-3, Joe Nelson 32-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Runelvys Hernandez 7-7, Jimmy Gobble 1-2, Joe Nelson 1-2
Batters Faced - Runelvys Hernandez 24, Jimmy Gobble 7, Ambiorix Burgos 4, Joel Peralta 1, Joe Nelson 7
Game Information
Attendance - 15501
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Rob Drake