Kansas City at Chicago

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Royals 9, White Sox 1

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CHICAGO -- Gil Meche shut down a White Sox offense that generated 34 hits in its previous two games, pitching the Kansas City Royals to a 9-1 victory that sliced Chicago's lead in the AL Central to one-half game.

"Just kept them off balance for the most part," Meche said Saturday night after combining with three relievers on a two-hitter.

"Threw a lot of good pitches when I needed to and we scored a lot of runs."

Billy Butler and John Buck hit two-run homers and Mike Aviles had a three-run double for the Royals. Butler, Buck and Aviles had three RBI each.

With Jose Guillen out with back spasms, Butler has picked up the offense. Seven of his 26 RBI and two of his four homers this season have come in the first two games of series against the White Sox. He'd been in an 0-for-12 slump.

"That means more to me than anything," Butler said. "Just driving in runs. It hasn't been the best for me this year doing that. Just trying to turn it around a little bit. It feels good to help out."

One night after the White Sox had seven hits in the first inning against Zack Greinke, Meche (7-9) allowed only two hits in 6 1/3 strong innings.

Ron Mahay, Ramon Ramirez and Horacio Ramirez completed the two-hitter as Chicago's lead was chopped to a half-game after the fast-charging Twins beat the Rangers 14-2 Saturday night.

Meche gave up a one-out double in the third to Joe Crede and a triple to Alexei Ramirez in the sixth when the White Sox got their only run on Orlando Cabrera's sacrifice fly.

Meche, now 7-3 in his career against the White Sox, walked one and struck out six.

"Just good control. That was as good as we've seen him, I thought, since he's been a Royal," Chicago's Paul Konerko said. "He's got a big league arm and tonight he put it together."

The White Sox have been in first every day since May 17 and Konerko said it's way too early to be scoreboard watching, even if the lead has shrunk.

"It will be tight the whole way I promise you," he said. "It's going to go down to the end. There will be a lot of momentum swings. There are enough games left where there will be hot streaks and cold streaks. It's not the middle of September where you can see the finish line. ... We're not there yet where it's come in and watch the TV."

Buck hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot in the fifth after Ross Gload had reached on Chicago third baseman Crede's 19th error of the season. Joey Gathright followed with a single, stole second and moved to third on an infield out.

Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (10-6) intentionally walked David DeJesus, who before the All-Star break was leading the majors in batting with runners in scoring position. But Butler, who has seven RBI in the series, foiled the strategy with an RBI single to left to give Meche a 3-0 lead.

Floyd worked six innings, giving up four hits and three runs, just one of them earned.

Notes

Chicago's Jermaine Dye left the game in the ninth after being hit in the left leg by a pitch from Horacio Ramirez. Manager Ozzie Guillensaid he hopes Dye can play Sunday. ... Jose Guillen could return to the lineup Sunday. Manager Trey Hillman revamped his batting order, putting Mark Teahen in the leadoff spot and using customary leadoff man DeJesus at No. 3. DeJesus has been one of the best clutch hitters in the majors this season and was batting .305 with 51 RBI before Saturday. Teahen was 0-for-5 and struck out three times. ... The White Sox will unveil a life-size sculpture of Harold Baines before Sunday's game. The taciturn Baines has had little to say about the honor but will speak at the ceremony. "I know the speech will be fast," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, one of Baines' best friends. Baines had three stints with the White Sox during a 22-year career that featured 2,866 hits and 384 homers. He is in his fifth season as coach with the team. ... Manager Ozzie Guillen said veteran starter Jose Contreras has been bothered by stiffness in his arm. Contreras, who was hit by a comebacker in a game against the Cubs last month, has given up 20 hits and 12 runs in his last two starts, spanning 9 2/3 innings.
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Buck
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

G. Meche
IP 6.1
H 2
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 

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Billy Butler, DH5123001 .256
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2B - Mike Aviles (13, Russell), Alex Gordon (23, Floyd)
HR - Billy Butler (4, Masset), John Buck (6, Floyd)
RBI - Mike Aviles 3 (24), Billy Butler 3 (26), John Buck 3 (31)
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SB - David DeJesus (8, 3rd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Alex Gordon (4, 3rd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Joey Gathright (20, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche (W,7-9) 6.1211160 4.55
Ron Mahay (H,15) 0.2000100 1.81
Ramon Ramirez 1000000 2.76
Horacio Ramirez 1000010 1.38
HBP - Dye (by Horacio Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 91-59, Ron Mahay 14-7, Ramon Ramirez 6-6, Horacio Ramirez 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 2-11, Ron Mahay 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 1-2, Horacio Ramirez 2-0
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Orlando Cabrera, SS2001001 .268
   a- Juan Uribe, PH-SS1000001 .218
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000020 .283
   b- Brian Anderson, PH1000010 .227
Carlos Quentin, LF2000100 .277
    Dewayne Wise, LF1000000 .341
Jermaine Dye, RF3000021 .309
    Toby Hall, PR0000000 .289
Jim Thome, DH4000001 .250
Paul Konerko, 1B3000001 .216
Nick Swisher, CF2000120 .235
Joe Crede, 3B3010001 .258
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3110002 .308
Totals2812127  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Cabrera in the 8th
b-struck out for Pierzynski in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (17, Meche)
3B - Alexei Ramirez (1, Meche)
SF - Orlando Cabrera (6)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (41)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Joe Crede (19, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd (L,10-6) 6431361 3.52
Boone Logan 1111010 3.18
Nick Masset0233101 4.14
Adam Russell 2222200 5.59
IBB - DeJesus by Gavin Floyd
WP - Gavin Floyd (7), Nick Masset (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 100-66, Boone Logan 13-12, Nick Masset 12-5, Adam Russell 37-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 9-4, Boone Logan 1-1, Adam Russell 3-3
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Game Information
Attendance - 36566
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez