Kansas City at Chicago

Kansas City
W: R. Ramirez (1-1) L: M. Thornton (4-2)
S: J. Soria (26)
HR: KC - None   CHW - J. Crede (17), N. Swisher (13)

Royals' German slaps go-ahead double to doom White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Jose Guillen's right arm saved the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Guillen charged an eighth-inning single and threw a strike to catcher Miguel Olivo to nail A.J. Pierzynski at the plate, helping the Royals preserve a lead in an 8-7 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Royals rookie shortstop Mike Aviles has seen Guillen throw before, but didn't think he even had a chance to stop Pierzynski from scoring on Brian Anderson's single to left.

"Everybody in the whole entire league knows that he has a cannon for an arm," Aviles said. "When the ball got hit I was running toward the hole and I thought for sure he was going to score. He came in charging hard and made a great throw home. That was a big momentum swing."

Pierzynski saw third base coach Jeff Cox waving him home.

"I know Guillen has one of the best arms in baseball. My job is to run until somebody stops me. Cox was waving me and he threw a perfect throw."

Esteban German hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning for Kansas City. German was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Aviles had three hits for the Royals, who have won five of their last seven games.

Joakim Soria got three outs for his 26th save in 28 opportunities and Ramon Ramirez (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Jim Thome doubled in the seventh inning for his 2,000th career hit and Joe Crede hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost five times in seven games. Nick Swisher also hit a two-run homer for the White Sox.

With the Twins losing to Texas, the White Sox held on to a half-game lead in the AL Central.

"We played terrible," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Kansas City showed up to kick our butts and they did."

Trailing 6-5, Thome led off the seventh inning with a double off Ramirez. One out later, Swisher hit his 13th home run of the season to put the White Sox up 7-6.

But the White Sox bullpen couldn't hold the lead in the eighth.

Trailing 7-6 with one out in the eighth inning, White Sox reliever Octavio Dotel hit pinch-hitter Jose Guillen on the hand. With two outs, White Sox reliever Matt Thornton (4-2) walked Ross Gload and German followed with a double down the left-field line to give the Royals the lead for good.

White Sox starter John Danks came into the game with a 2.67 ERA but he gave up four consecutive hits to start the game, including a two-run single to David DeJesus and Ross Gload to give the Royals a 4-0 lead.

"Danks is a pretty tough pitcher," said Aviles. "We got to him early and we never gave him a chance to settle in. That's big for us right there."

The White Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the first off Royals starter Brian Bannister. Thome had an RBI single and Bannister hit Swisher with a pitch with the bases loaded.

Crede hit a three-run home run off Bannister in the third inning to tie the game at five. It was his 17th of the season.

Mike Aviles hit an RBI single off White Sox start Danks in fourth inning to give the Royals a 6-5 lead.

Kansas City reliever Horacio Ramirez hit Jermaine Dye with a pitch in the fourth inning. Dye fell to the ground in obvious pain. He was helped off the field by two team trainers.

After Dye was hit, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen threw his towel in disgust before going out to the field to check on Dye. The team said Dye has a bruised right knee. X-rays were negative and he is listed day-to-day.

"I don't expect him to play tomorrow. He got hit pretty good, hopefully it might only take a couple of days," Guillen said.

Dye was also hit by a pitch on Saturday night by Ramirez.

In the top of the fifth inning, Carassco, called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, threw an inside pitch on Billy Butler. Home plate umpire Mike Reilly warned both benches which infuriated Guillen, who slammed a water bottle on the ground.

"I don't like the way they were hitting my players. They hit six guys this week and all of a sudden the umpires give a warning. I was kind of upset about it," Ozzie Guillen said.

Danks gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings.


  • Before the game, the White Sox placed Jose Contreras on the DL with right elbow tendinitis.
  • Before the game, the White Sox honored Harold Baines with a life-sized sculpture on the right field concourse and wore 1983 throwback uniforms. Baines, in his fifth season as a coach with the club, played 14 seasons with the White Sox and had his number retired in 1989.
  • Nick Masset will take Contreras' spot in the rotation on Tuesday against the Rangers.
  • After the game, the White Sox optioned RHP Adam Russell to Triple-A Charlotte. A corresponding move will be made before Monday's game against the Rangers.
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A.J. Pierzynski is gunned down at home plate in the eighth, a big play for the Royals.  (AP)
A.J. Pierzynski is gunned down at home plate in the eighth, a big play for the Royals. (AP)

Players of the Game

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Mike Aviles, SS5131010 .318
David DeJesus, CF5123002 .306
Billy Butler, DH4110111 .256
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000012 .303
Alex Gordon, 3B2000111 .250
   a- Jose Guillen, PH-LF0100000 .270
Miguel Olivo, C4000014 .255
Ross Gload, 1B2212210 .269
Esteban German, LF-3B3132102 .236
a-hit by pitch for Gordon in the 8th
2B - Mike Aviles (14, Danks), Esteban German 2 (5, Danks, Thornton)
RBI - Mike Aviles (25), David DeJesus 3 (54), Ross Gload 2 (22), Esteban German 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles (14), Ross Gload 2 (8), Esteban German 2 (5)
SB - David DeJesus (9, 2nd base off Danks/Pierzynski), Jose Guillen (2, 2nd base off Dotel/Pierzynski), Esteban German (4, 3rd base off Thornton/Pierzynski)
CS - David DeJesus 2 (7, 2nd base by Danks/Pierzynski, 2nd base by Carrasco/Pierzynski), Ross Gload (4, 2nd base by Danks/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1
DP - Aviles-Grudzielanek-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Brian Bannister 3855141 5.49
Horacio Ramirez 2.2200020 1.15
Ramon Ramirez (BS,4; W,1-1) 1.1322041 3.06
Ron Mahay (H,16) 1200110 1.78
Joakim Soria (S,26) 1000020 1.43
HBP - Konerko (by Brian Bannister), Dye (by Horacio Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 77-46, Horacio Ramirez 31-21, Ramon Ramirez 25-18, Ron Mahay 24-12, Joakim Soria 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 2-3, Horacio Ramirez 4-1
Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 19, Horacio Ramirez 10, Ramon Ramirez 7, Ron Mahay 5, Joakim Soria 3
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS5000012 .264
A.J. Pierzynski, C5030000 .288
Carlos Quentin, LF4120102 .280
Jermaine Dye, RF2110010 .310
    Brian Anderson, PR-CF2010013 .231
Jim Thome, DH5121033 .253
Paul Konerko, 1B4110011 .217
Nick Swisher, CF-RF4223120 .239
Joe Crede, 3B5113033 .257
Alexei Ramirez, 2B4020010 .311
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (22, Mahay), Carlos Quentin (17, Ramirez), Jim Thome (21, Ramirez)
HR - Nick Swisher (13, Ramirez), Joe Crede (17, Bannister)
RBI - Jim Thome (53), Nick Swisher 3 (45), Joe Crede 3 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Thome (15), Nick Swisher (18), Joe Crede 3 (19)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Cabrera-Ramirez, Pierzynski-Cabrera
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 4966230 3.03
D.J. Carrasco 3100230 1.08
Octavio Dotel (H,13) 0.2011010 3.07
Matt Thornton (BS,3; L,4-2) 0.1111100 2.52
Bobby Jenks 1000010 1.89
HBP - Guillen (by Octavio Dotel)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 78-49, D.J. Carrasco 35-20, Octavio Dotel 12-6, Matt Thornton 10-6, Bobby Jenks 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 1-6, D.J. Carrasco 1-3, Matt Thornton 1-0, Bobby Jenks 1-1
Batters Faced - John Danks 21, D.J. Carrasco 10, Octavio Dotel 3, Matt Thornton 3, Bobby Jenks 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32269
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher