|Kansas City (45-54) «||4||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||8||11||0|
|Chi. White Sox (55-42)||2||0||3||0||0||0||2||0||0||7||15||0|
"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.
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.
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.
|A.J. Pierzynski is gunned down at home plate in the eighth, a big play for the Royals. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Mark Teahen, RF||5||1||1||0||0||2||5||.248|
|Mike Aviles, SS||5||1||3||1||0||1||0||.318|
|David DeJesus, CF||5||1||2||3||0||0||2||.306|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.256|
|Mark Grudzielanek, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.303|
|Alex Gordon, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.250|
|a- Jose Guillen, PH-LF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.255|
|Ross Gload, 1B||2||2||1||2||2||1||0||.269|
|Esteban German, LF-3B||3||1||3||2||1||0||2||.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|
|Ramon Ramirez (BS,4; W,1-1)||1.1||3||2||2||0||4||1||3.06|
|Ron Mahay (H,16)||1||2||0||0||1||1||0||1.78|
|Joakim Soria (S,26)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||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, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.264|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||0||3||0||0||0||0||.288|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||1||2||0||1||0||2||.280|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.310|
|Brian Anderson, PR-CF||2||0||1||0||0||1||3||.231|
|Jim Thome, DH||5||1||2||1||0||3||3||.253|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.217|
|Nick Swisher, CF-RF||4||2||2||3||1||2||0||.239|
|Joe Crede, 3B||5||1||1||3||0||3||3||.257|
|Alexei Ramirez, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.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|
|Octavio Dotel (H,13)||0.2||0||1||1||0||1||0||3.07|
|Matt Thornton (BS,3; L,4-2)||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||0||2.52|
|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|
|Attendance - 32269|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|