Kansas City at Chicago

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Kansas City (68-90)000000000030
Chi. White Sox (69-89) «10020000x370

White Sox 3, Royals 0

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CHICAGO -- It's been awhile since Jon Garland pitch his last shutout, so with a long rest coming, he took advantage of a chance to finish off a game.

Jim Thome hit his 505th home run and Garland pitched his first shutout of the season as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Jermaine Dye added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who moved out of a tie with the Royals for last place in the AL Central.

Garland (10-13) won for just the second time in 11 starts, allowing just three hits while striking out two and walking two.

"I came out in the eighth inning and I saw him (manager Ozzie Guillen) walking toward me in the dugout and I wasn't sure if he was going to give it to me or not," Garland said. "I didn't know where my pitch count was, but in the same breath, I don't have to pick up a baseball for three months."

He retired his last nine batters and improved to 16-6 in his career against the Royals. It was Garland's sixth career shutout and first since Aug. 24, 2006, against Detroit.

Garland, who has been the subject of trade rumors in the past, didn't want to ponder if this was his last start for the White Sox.

"At this moment, it's not even in my hands," said Garland, who has pitched for the White Sox for eight seasons. "There is nothing I can do about it. I would like to be back here."

After pitching eight scoreless innings on Sept. 20 against the White Sox, Royals starter Zack Greinke gave up a solo home run to Thome in the first inning and was tagged by Dye for a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

It was Thome's 33rd of the season and moved him to 22nd on the all-time list, passing Eddie Murray. Dye's homer was his 28th of the season.

The only hits surrendered by Garland were base hits by David DeJesus, Mark Grudzielanek and Mark Teahen.

Greinke (7-7), who was shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen throughout the season, allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings. He had six strikeouts and walked two.

"I think he was good enough to win. He gave us a chance to win. He didn't give up much, manager Buddy Bell said.

"He hung the breaking ball to Dye and the home run that Thome hit looked like it was thigh-high and over the middle of the plate. Other than that, he had some innings where he was in a little bit of trouble but he handled that pretty good."

Notes

The White Sox held a moment of silence before the game for William Wirtz, who died Wednesday at 77 after a battle with cancer. Wirtz was the longtime owner of the Chicago Blackhawks. ... Royals OF Emil Brown threw out Scott Podsednik at the plate trying to score from second on Juan Uribe's single in the fourth inning. ... C Toby Hall threw out John Buck attempting to steal second in the fifth inning. Opponents have been successful 24 times in 27 attempts against Hall this season. ... Garland turns 28 on Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Garland
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 2
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4010000 .264
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4010002 .298
Mark Teahen, RF4010001 .286
Billy Butler, 1B4000002 .292
Mike Sweeney, DH3000000 .260
Emil Brown, LF3000001 .257
Alex Gordon, 3B3000000 .247
John Buck, C1000210 .228
Tony Pena, SS3000011 .263
Totals2903022  
Batting
CS - John Buck (1, 2nd base by Garland/Hall)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Emil Brown 1
DP - Pena-Grudzielanek-Butler
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (L,7-7) 5733262 3.69
Brandon Duckworth 3000030 4.53
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 93-61, Brandon Duckworth 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 3-3, Brandon Duckworth 4-2
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 21, Brandon Duckworth 9
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4020000 .268
Josh Fields, 3B4000031 .246
Jim Thome, DH3211121 .274
Paul Konerko, 1B3000011 .257
Jermaine Dye, RF3122000 .253
Scott Podsednik, LF2010110 .246
Juan Uribe, SS3010002 .231
Danny Richar, 2B3000022 .224
Toby Hall, C3000000 .193
Totals2837329  
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (12, Greinke)
HR - Jim Thome (33, Greinke), Jermaine Dye (28, Greinke)
RBI - Jim Thome (93), Jermaine Dye 2 (77)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Thome (33)
SB - Jerry Owens 2 (32, 2nd base off Greinke/Buck, 2nd base off Greinke/Buck)
CS - Jerry Owens (8, 3rd base by Greinke/Buck)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,10-13) 9300220 4.23
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 106-74
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 11-13
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 31
Game Information
Attendance - 32091
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mark Carlson