Chicago at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: R. Mahay (5-0) L: M. Buehrle (6-8)
S: J. Soria (24)
HR: CHW - J. Dye (20)   KC - M. Teahen (10)

Royals 4, White Sox 1 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In this series, it wasn't safe to take a lead.

The Chicago White Sox overcame deficits of 4-1 and 5-0 to beat Kansas City in the first two games. On Thursday night, it was the Royals' turn as they scored four runs in the eighth, capped by Mark Teahen's inside-the-park homer, and emerged with a 4-1 victory to avoid being swept.

"When I hit it, I was going hard trying to make sure I got a triple," said Teahen, who also had an inside-the-parker on May 27 against Minnesota.

But as second baseman Alexei Ramirez hesitated momentarily before making the relay throw to the infield, third-base coach Luis Silverio frantically waved on Teahen.

"I trust him. He hasn't run me into too many outs," Teahen said.

The frantic ending ruined an otherwise splendid outing by White Sox starter Mark Buehrle, and kept Royals starter Zack Greinke from losing one of the best games he's thrown all year.

Jermaine Dye, after learning he finished second in fan voting for the final AL All-Star spot, crushed a towering home run off Greinke in the fourth. Then Buehrle, a longtime Royals nemesis, took a four-hit shutout into the eighth but came out after giving up an RBI double to Mike Aviles that tied it 1-1.

After Jose Guillen made it 2-1 with an RBI double off Octavio Dotel, Teahen slammed Boone Logan's pitch into right-center and provided what Royals manager Trey Hillman calls one of the most thrilling sights in baseball.

"I don't think there are many more exciting things for the fans than to see a come-from-behind victory like that and then topped off with an inside-the-park home run," Hillman said. "It's pretty exciting."

As Teahen kept coming, the throw came wide to catcher A.J. Pierzynski and the runner slid around his sweeping tag.

"You have to give credit to them. They kept battling," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The last three days here they have battled back. It's fun, because from one inning to another, you don't know what's going to happen."

Dotel had struck out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth inning of Chicago's come-from-behind, 7-6 victory the night before.

The winner was reliever Ron Mahay (5-0), who pitched one inning and struck out two. Joakim Soria, the Royals' only All-Star, pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 26 opportunities.

Buehrle gave up a leadoff single to John Buck in the eighth and David DeJesus hit a hot grounder to shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who tossed to Ramirez for the force.

But when Ramirez threw to first for the double play, Paul Konerko dropped the ball after a wide throw and DeJesus was safe. Originally, official scorer Del Black did not rule an error. But he later changed the call to an error on Konerko.

Aviles then doubled home the tying run, bringing Dotel out of the bullpen. Guillen mashed a double off the wall in straightaway center before Teahen came to the plate.

Buehrle (6-8) gave up six hits in 7 1/3 innings and had a season-high eight strikeouts while losing to the Royals for the first time in five decisions. It was the third time this year he has not issued a walk.

"I felt strong until the last inning," he said. "Everything happened so quick. It seemed like five seconds, and we're down 4-1."

Dye broke an 0-for-13 slide with the towering homer off Greinke, who went seven innings and gave up six hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts.


Steve Mingori, who pitched for his hometown Royals from 1973-79, died of natural causes, the club said. Mingori was 64. He made 264 of his 385 major league appearances with the Royals. ... The Royals have extended their working agreement with the Class-A Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks through the 2010 season. ... Because of the error, both runs charged to Buehrle were unearned.

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Players of the Game
Kansas City

Z. Greinke
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Orlando Cabrera, SS4010001 .265
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000011 .288
Carlos Quentin, LF4000021 .270
Jermaine Dye, RF4121021 .301
Jim Thome, DH3010110 .242
Paul Konerko, 1B4010003 .213
Nick Swisher, CF4010022 .236
Joe Crede, 3B3000012 .257
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3000011 .304
2B - Jermaine Dye (20, Greinke)
HR - Jermaine Dye (20, Greinke)
RBI - Jermaine Dye (53)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (4, 2nd base off Greinke/Buck)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Ramirez-Cabrera-Konerko
E - Orlando Cabrera (6, Misplayed grounder), Paul Konerko (6, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,6-8) 7.1620080 3.68
Octavio Dotel 0.1111000 2.98
Boone Logan 0.1111011 2.20
HBP - Gload (by Mark Buehrle)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 107-76, Octavio Dotel 5-5, Boone Logan 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-5
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 29, Octavio Dotel 2, Boone Logan 2
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-LF4110012 .306
Mike Aviles, SS4111012 .298
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000013 .314
Jose Guillen, LF4111010 .274
    Miguel Olivo, C0000000 .260
Mark Teahen, RF4122021 .255
Alex Gordon, 3B4010011 .252
Billy Butler, DH3000012 .257
Ross Gload, 1B2010000 .280
John Buck, C3010012 .253
    Joey Gathright, PR-CF0000000 .250
2B - Mike Aviles (10, Buehrle), Jose Guillen (29, Dotel), Mark Teahen (15, Buehrle)
HR - Mark Teahen (10, Logan)
RBI - Mike Aviles (19), Jose Guillen (65), Mark Teahen 2 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (29), Mark Teahen 2 (11)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke 7611181 3.48
Ron Mahay (W,5-0) 1000020 1.88
Joakim Soria (S,24) 1000000 1.54
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 109-72, Ron Mahay 15-10, Joakim Soria 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-5, Ron Mahay 1-0, Joakim Soria 1-2
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 28, Ron Mahay 3, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14547
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna