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Konerko's 15th-inning blast sends White Sox past Royals

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CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko was just glad he put an end to the game. Now he hopes he can halt his season-long slump, too.

Konerko hit a two-run homer in the 15th inning Wednesday night, sending the Chicago White Sox to a 6-4 victory against the Kansas City Royals.

His teammates went a little nuts in celebration.

"I felt like a rookie again," Konerko said. "I got a pie in my face, I got champagne and beer and whatever the heck on my head and all that. I have to go back to the trainer now. Toby Hall got me pretty good with some shaving cream and I got to get it (his eye) cleaned out."

Konerko, batting only .198 when he came up against Jimmy Gobble (0-1), hit his seventh home run, a drive to left field to score Carlos Quentin, who had drawn a leadoff walk.

Konerko is now 5-for-6 with four home runs in his career against the Royals' left-hander.

"I can't say I was even happy, more just like relief because we won the game and it was over and I did something positive for the team," Konerko said.

Bothered by a sore right hand, Konerko managed only one home run in May and was in an 11-for-73 skid when he connected for the game-winner.

"Even if I don't have the year I want to have, it doesn't mean I can't get big hits and do good things. And I know there is a lot of time left, but even if that happens that's fine, I'll try to be clutch," he added. "I've failed enough already, so I'm looking to try to help out here."

Octavio Dotel (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief for Chicago. Each team used seven pitchers in the 4-hour, 23-minute game.

The Royals got a runner to third in the 14th, but White Sox second baseman Alexei Ramirez raced in to pick up David DeJesus' grounder and made a throw to first on the run to end the inning.

"A couple of nice defensive plays for them and there wasn't a lot of hitting going on," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Fundamentally we were pretty sound and that kept us in it."

DeJesus hit a tying two-run single in the ninth off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks but was then picked off first for the second out of the inning. John Buck and pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo opened the ninth with singles and after a sacrifice, DeJesus delivered a single to center as Jenks blew his third save in 17 chances.

Joe Crede and Jim Thome hit home runs for the White Sox. Miguel Olivo and Mark Teahen had home runs for the Royals.

After Olivo was hit in the side by a Dotel pitch in the 13th, he slammed his bat to the ground and was escorted to first base by coach Rusty Kuntz and Hillman.

Crede's 10th home run broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth and he added a two-out RBI double in the following inning.

Thome's 464-foot blast to center -- the ninth longest home run in U.S. Cellular Field history -- tied it at 2 in the fourth. It was his 11th of the season and 518th of his career.

Chicago starter John Danks went 5 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and two runs.

Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar also lasted 5 2/3, giving up five hits, four runs and five walks.

After Crede's home run off Hochevar in the fifth, it appeared initially the White Sox added another run when Ramirez raced home from second as Kansas City shortstop Esteban German committed an error on Quentin's grounder.

Ramirez slid into the plate as he was blocked off by Royals catcher Buck who didn't catch the ball. Ramirez got up and went into the dugout as the run went up on the scoreboard. But moments after Hillman came out to talk to home plate umpire Bill Miller, Ramirez was ruled out for not touching the plate when Hochevar tossed the ball to Buck as Konerko was coming to bat. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen came out of the dugout for a ruling but did not argue.

Olivo led off the second with a solo home run and Teahen added another in the fourth to give Hochevar and the Royals a 2-0 lead.

The Royals loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the fifth before Nick Masset relieved Danks and struck out Buck to end the threat.

After Crede's double in the sixth made it 4-2, the White Sox loaded the bases but A.J. Pierzynski flied out.

Notes

  • Crede left the game after the 12th inning with a bruised right wrist. He made a nice stop in the top of the inning on a hard grounder by DeJesus. He said after the game X-rays were negative and he should be fine, even though the wrist was bandaged.
  • Royals 3B Alex Gordon made a great catch of Nick Swisher's foul pop in the fourth inning. He fell over the tarpaulin along the third-base line and into the seats but hung on to the ball.
  • Thome is two home runs behind Frank Thomas, who is 18th on the all-time home runs list.
 
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Paul Konerko (center) ducks and covers as his teammates pummel him after his walk-off tater.  (AP)
Paul Konerko (center) ducks and covers as his teammates pummel him after his walk-off tater. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 5
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 7
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-RF7022001 .299
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B7020001 .295
Alex Gordon, 3B7000033 .271
Jose Guillen, LF6020021 .253
Miguel Olivo, DH6121013 .295
Mark Teahen, RF-1B5111113 .254
John Buck, C4110213 .258
Ross Gload, 1B3000011 .248
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH1010000 .284
    Joey Gathright, PR-CF1100000 .250
Esteban German, SS3000000 .167
    Tony Pena, SS2000001 .156
Totals52411439  
a-singled for Gload in the 9th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (6, Danks)
HR - Miguel Olivo (7, Danks), Mark Teahen (5, Danks)
SH - Joey Gathright (5), Esteban German (3)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (25), Miguel Olivo (23), Mark Teahen (19)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teahen (6)
SB - Jose Guillen (1, 2nd base off Dotel/Pierzynski)
PK - David DeJesus (1, Jenks)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Joey Gathright 1
E - Esteban German (2, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar 5.2544522 5.13
Ron Mahay 1.1100000 2.30
Brett Tomko 1000010 6.21
Ramon Ramirez 2000000 2.96
Joakim Soria 2200100 1.07
Yasuhiko Yabuta 2200020 5.04
Jimmy Gobble (L,0-1)0122101 6.19
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 108-64, Ron Mahay 24-15, Brett Tomko 12-7, Ramon Ramirez 22-14, Joakim Soria 31-18, Yasuhiko Yabuta 28-19, Jimmy Gobble 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 8-7, Brett Tomko 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 4-2, Joakim Soria 1-3, Yasuhiko Yabuta 3-1
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 27, Ron Mahay 5, Brett Tomko 3, Ramon Ramirez 6, Joakim Soria 7, Yasuhiko Yabuta 8, Jimmy Gobble 2
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS7020002 .242
A.J. Pierzynski, C7010005 .292
Carlos Quentin, LF6110110 .291
Paul Konerko, 1B5212203 .202
Jim Thome, DH6112021 .206
Jermaine Dye, RF6010011 .282
Nick Swisher, CF4110001 .203
    Brian Anderson, CF2010001 .243
Joe Crede, 3B3122200 .271
    Pablo Ozuna, 3B1000000 .244
Alexei Ramirez, 2B4000212 .264
Totals51611675  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye (11, Yabuta), Brian Anderson (7, Soria), Joe Crede (11, Hochevar)
HR - Paul Konerko (7, Gobble), Jim Thome (11, Hochevar), Joe Crede (10, Hochevar)
RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (26), Jim Thome 2 (30), Joe Crede 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Crede (10)
CS - Carlos Quentin (3, 2nd base by Soria/Buck)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Crede-Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 5.2622212 2.88
Nick Masset (H,1) 0.1000010 3.33
Matt Thornton (H,6) 1000010 3.32
Scott Linebrink (H,14) 1200020 1.44
Bobby Jenks (BS,3) 2322020 2.13
Boone Logan 2.1000010 2.05
Octavio Dotel (W,3-2) 2.2000110 2.93
HBP - Olivo (by Octavio Dotel), Guillen (by Octavio Dotel)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 96-55, Nick Masset 5-3, Matt Thornton 8-6, Scott Linebrink 20-13, Bobby Jenks 25-20, Boone Logan 18-14, Octavio Dotel 34-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 9-6, Matt Thornton 2-0, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Bobby Jenks 3-0, Boone Logan 6-0, Octavio Dotel 4-3
Batters Faced - John Danks 24, Nick Masset 1, Matt Thornton 3, Scott Linebrink 5, Bobby Jenks 8, Boone Logan 7, Octavio Dotel 11
Game Information
Attendance - 23515
Game Time - 4:23
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals