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Kansas City (43-54)100003010560
Chi. White Sox (55-40) «61000200x9122

White Sox 9, Royals 5

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CHICAGO -- It was hard to tell that most of the Chicago White Sox had a four-day break. Their batting eyes were sharp and their early approach against Zack Greinke was right on target.

Chicago's first eight batters reached Friday night and the White Sox turned seven first-inning singles into six runs in a 9-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Greinke had given up six hits and a run over seven innings against Chicago when the teams met in Kansas City eight days ago. He didn't look like the same pitcher as the teams opened the second half of the season.

"We were different. We just came out and attacked and before you knew it, he had given up a couple of runs off four or five hits and I think he didn't know what hit him," said Chicago's Jermaine Dye, who had a two-run single in the first.

"I was surprised we came out like that after four days off and being able to see the ball like we did tonight."

Dye went 3-for-4 with a walk, Carlos Quentin homered and Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings to get the win.

"They had four days off to recoup themselves mentally and physically. ... To see them come out and swing the bat that way, you feel a little bit better," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

"Because in the back of your mind, you don't know how they're going to throw, how they're going to hit, how they're going to play defense. Because four days is a lot of time off. But they reacted the right way."

Buehrle (7-8) allowed four hits, including a long three-run homer to Billy Butler that got Kansas City within 7-4 in the sixth. But the White Sox added two runs against the Royals' bullpen and maintained their 1½-game lead over Minnesota.

The White Sox had 22 hits Sunday in a 12-11 loss at Texas in their final game before the break and then continued the hitting tear in the first against Greinke.

Greinke (7-6) lasted three-plus innings, his shortest outing of the season, and left after loading the bases in the fourth on a single and two walks, a jam reliever Joel Peralta quickly escaped. Greinke, 2-8 in his career against the White Sox including 0-6 at U.S. Cellular Field, gave up seven runs, 11 hits and three walks.

And the White Sox were feasting on his pitches early in the count. They scored five runs after the Royals' right-hander had thrown only 16 pitches.

"It's starting to get into my head a little bit," Greinke said of his poor outings in Chicago. "Always in this park. ... Kind of weird. Five pitches, six pitches, five hits or five people on base. So before you knew it, it was really bad."

Orlando Cabrera and A.J. Pierzysnki opened with singles and Greinke hit Quentin with a pitch near the left wrist to load the bases. Dye followed with a two-run single, Jim Thome and Paul Konerko had run-scoring singles and Nick Swisher singled to reload the bases. Joe Crede delivered another RBI single and then Alexei Ramirez had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.

Quentin hit his 23rd homer leading off the second for a 7-1 lead.

The only hit Buerhle allowed through the first five innings was a bloop RBI single in the first by Mark Grudzielanek.

But the Royals got singles from David DeJesus and Mark Teahen in the sixth before Butler broke an 0-for-12 streak with his third homer to make it a three-run game. Butler added an RBI single off Nick Masset in the eighth.

Royals reliever Jimmy Gobble replaced Peralta with a runner at first in the seventh and walked Thome before hitting Konerko with a low pitch -- Royals manager Trey Hillman argued the call -- to load the bases. He walked Swisher on a 3-2 pitch to force in Chicago's eighth run, and Crede greeted reliever Robinson Tejada with a sacrifice fly.

Kansas City got an unearned run in the first on Grudzielanek's single right after Ramirez fumbled Butler's grounder to second for an error. Butler, however, was thrown out on the play by right fielder Dye as he tried to get to third.

Notes

Royals cleanup hitter Jose Guillen was a scratch with back spasms. ... Buehrle, who lost to the Royals last week in Kansas City, is 17-7 against them lifetime, his second-most wins against any opponent behind the 21 over the Minnesota Twins.

 
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Chicago

J. Dye
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5110011 .305
Mike Aviles, SS-2B3110101 .310
Mark Teahen, RF4210002 .252
Billy Butler, DH4124000 .253
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4011001 .308
    Tony Pena, SS0000000 .155
Alex Gordon, 3B3000110 .251
Ross Gload, 1B4000002 .272
John Buck, C4000020 .247
Esteban German, LF3000111 .209
Totals3456535  
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles (12, Masset)
HR - Billy Butler (3, Buehrle)
RBI - Billy Butler 4 (23), Mark Grudzielanek (21)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (10)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Gload-Aviles
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (L,7-6) 31177321 3.90
Joel Peralta 2.1111020 5.52
Jimmy Gobble0011200 7.99
Robinson Tejeda 2.2000030 4.76
HBP - Quentin (by Zack Greinke), Konerko (by Jimmy Gobble)
WP - Zack Greinke (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 87-58, Joel Peralta 28-19, Jimmy Gobble 13-4, Robinson Tejeda 35-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 3-3
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 23, Joel Peralta 8, Jimmy Gobble 3, Robinson Tejeda 8
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5110003 .269
A.J. Pierzynski, C5110033 .286
Carlos Quentin, LF4221010 .279
Jermaine Dye, RF4232100 .311
Jim Thome, DH3211201 .253
Paul Konerko, 1B3111103 .219
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .229
Nick Swisher, CF-1B3011124 .237
Joe Crede, 3B3022003 .258
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3001013 .308
Totals33912957  
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (16, Greinke)
HR - Carlos Quentin (23, Greinke)
SF - Joe Crede (4), Alexei Ramirez (3)
RBI - Carlos Quentin (71), Jermaine Dye 2 (58), Jim Thome (52), Paul Konerko (35), Nick Swisher (42), Joe Crede 2 (51), Alexei Ramirez (30)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
E - Joe Crede (18, Misplayed grounder), Alexei Ramirez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (W,7-8) 7443231 3.69
Nick Masset 0.2211000 3.48
Matt Thornton 0.1000100 2.31
Octavio Dotel 1000020 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 98-65, Nick Masset 10-7, Matt Thornton 6-6, Octavio Dotel 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 12-7, Matt Thornton 1-0, Octavio Dotel 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Nick Masset 4, Matt Thornton 2, Octavio Dotel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36291
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson