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Manager Guillen makes no changes, White Sox lineup wakes up

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen's tirade two days ago must have made an impression. The White Sox's offense perked up and Chicago hit four homers Tuesday night to beat the Kansas City Royals 9-5.

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"I just think it's one of those things," said Nick Swisher, who's been in a long slump but hit his fifth homer.

"Ozzie is one of those guys, he loves this team, he cares so much about this team that he wants us to do well. Hey, it might have been that nice kick in the pants we needed and we went out there tonight and did what we know we are capable of doing."

Carlos Quentin, A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez also homered against Royals starter Zack Greinke.

Guillen went on a rant Sunday after the White Sox lost their third straight against Tampa, scoring just four runs in the process. He called on general manager Ken Williams to make some changes or he would do so with the lineup.

Neither happened. Williams and Guillen met -- Guillen said they cleared the air -- and the manager did very little tinkering with his first-place team.

Guillen has been perturbed because the White Sox have had a chance to increase their lead in the AL Central with a key hit here or there. Instead, they were 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position in the four-game series against the Rays.

On Tuesday night they had the kind of at-bats he expects.

"We're not going to play like that every day but that's the expectation, the most we can," Guillen said. "We got good talent. It's a matter of putting it together. You look at the lineup and our lineup is strong. That's why it surprises me we don't do more damage."

Gavin Floyd (6-3), allowed four runs -- two earned -- and six hits in seven innings, including Mark Teahen's two-run homer in the seventh.

Pierzynski's first homer since April 22, a two-run shot, capped a four-run second against Greinke (5-3) and put the White Sox ahead 6-0.

Greinke allowed nine hits and eight earned runs in six innings. His ERA rose from 2.88 to 3.56.

"I'm better than that," Greinke said. "I was bad the whole time. Up, nothing was sharp and every fly ball was a home run it seemed like. Especially this park, they always do good against me."

Greinke is now 2-7 in his career against the White Sox, including 0-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quentin hit his 15th homer after Pierzynski's one-out single in the first. In the second, Joe Crede singled and Ramirez was credited with a double after Royals shortstop Tony Pena couldn't come up with his grounder and the ball went into the outfield. Orlando Cabrera then bounced a two-run single up the middle before Pierzynski hit his fourth homer.

"It was nice to out and get on him early," Pierzynski said. "We know we have guys who can hit and we believe we are going to hit until the end of the year."

Ramirez's error on Joey Gathright's grounder, Pena's single and an RBI single by David DeJesus made it 6-1. The Royals got a second run when Alex Gordon hit into an unusual inning-ending double play. He grounded to second baseman Ramirez, who couldn't tag Mark Grudzielanek in the base path and threw to first for the out. Paul Konerko's relay to second got Grudzielanek, but not before Pena crossed the plate.

Swisher, batting .201 entering the game, hit a solo shot leading off the bottom of the sixth and Ramirez followed with another one out later to make it 8-2.

Gordon's RBI single off Octavio Dotel brought the Royals to within 8-5 in the eighth, but Ramirez had an RBI single off Jimmy Gobble in the bottom half.

Notes

  • The Royals have lost 13 of 15. They had a two-game winning streak after losing 12 straight.
  • The biggest tweak for the White Sox was Guillen moving Konerko back to the cleanup spot. Chicago's 4-5-6 hitters, including Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye, were 1-for-11 with a walk.
  • The White Sox are in a stretch in which they play 26 of 32 games in Chicago, including three at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
  • The four homers matched the White Sox's season high. They also hit four on May 18 at San Francisco.
  • Quentin reached 50 RBI.
 
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Things are looking up a bit. A.J. Pierzynski's two-run shot is one of four White Sox homers. (AP)
Things are looking up a bit. A.J. Pierzynski's two-run shot is one of four White Sox homers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4131010 .299
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4010013 .295
Alex Gordon, 3B4011002 .280
Jose Guillen, DH4000003 .251
Miguel Olivo, C4110001 .293
Mark Teahen, RF4112010 .255
Ross Gload, 1B4000010 .254
Joey Gathright, CF3100100 .252
Tony Pena, SS3110010 .158
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH1000001 .275
Totals3558415  
a-grounded out for Pena in the 9th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (5, Floyd), Miguel Olivo (13, Floyd)
HR - Mark Teahen (4, Floyd)
RBI - David DeJesus (23), Alex Gordon (26), Mark Teahen 2 (18)
SB - David DeJesus (4, 2nd base off Dotel/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Grudzielanek-Gload, Grudzielanek-Pena
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (L,5-3) 6988234 3.56
Yasuhiko Yabuta 1000110 5.48
Jimmy Gobble 1211100 5.06
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 83-56, Yasuhiko Yabuta 15-8, Jimmy Gobble 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-9, Yasuhiko Yabuta 1-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 29, Yasuhiko Yabuta 3, Jimmy Gobble 5
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5112012 .240
A.J. Pierzynski, C4232000 .298
Carlos Quentin, LF2112200 .295
Paul Konerko, 1B3000103 .202
Jim Thome, DH4000023 .208
Jermaine Dye, RF4110003 .285
Nick Swisher, CF4111011 .202
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .236
Joe Crede, 3B3110100 .265
Alexei Ramirez, 2B4232000 .275
Totals33911944  
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (7, Greinke)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (4, Greinke), Carlos Quentin (15, Greinke), Nick Swisher (5, Greinke), Alexei Ramirez (3, Greinke)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera 2 (17), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (21), Carlos Quentin 2 (50), Nick Swisher (15), Alexei Ramirez 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Konerko-Cabrera
E - Alexei Ramirez (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (W,6-3) 7642041 3.15
Octavio Dotel 1211010 3.24
Bobby Jenks 1000100 1.54
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 97-57, Octavio Dotel 13-10, Bobby Jenks 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 14-3, Bobby Jenks 3-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 27, Octavio Dotel 5, Bobby Jenks 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21727
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Chris Tiller, Third Base - Gary Darling