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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Buehrle picked a terrible time for a wretched start.

His White Sox teammates hit four home runs, twice going back-to-back on a muggy, sweltering Saturday afternoon. But the Kansas City Royals rapped out 19 hits and went deep three times themselves in a come-from-behind 9-7 victory.

"Buehrle's a great pitcher," Billy Butler said. "More times than not he's had our number. To get on a guy like that, it just shows it was our day at the plate."

Butler, Miguel Olivo, Ross Gload, Mike Aviles and Esteban German all had three hits for the Royals, who had their most hits since getting 19 against Detroit on Sept. 29, 2006. German had an RBI single and two-run triple, while Butler, Olivo and Jose Guillen all homered

"The Royals bats were as hot as the weather," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Buehrle (8-10), a Royals nemesis much of his career, had his shortest and worst start of the year, giving up a season-high eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. He also hit a batter.

The 14 hits tied a career-high for the left-hander, who'd been 6-3 with a 2.14 ERA in his 10 previous starts and 17-7 lifetime against Kansas City.

"I don't know if I could try to go out there and give up 14 hits," he said. "It seems like I was making some pitches and they were hitting them, and then there were times when I was missing my spots and they were hitting them pretty hard. It just was one of those days."

A game-time temperature of 95 degrees and a heat index of 111 caused Ken Griffey Jr. to be lifted in the sixth for what the White Sox described as heat-related cramping in his right leg. He was 0-for-2 in his second game with Chicago, but Ozzie Guillen said he would play on Sunday.

Jim Thome and Paul Konerko had back-to-back home runs in the second, staking Buehrle to a 3-0 lead over Kyle Davies (5-2). With the Royals leading 8-3 in the eighth, Brian Anderson and Jermaine Dye hit back-to-back shots off Ron Mahay to trigger a four-run rally.

Reliever Ramon Ramirez then walked Konerko and gave up an RBI double that made it 8-6.

All-Star closer Joakim Soria came in and pinch hitter A.J. Pierzynski made it 8-7 with a sacrifice fly before Juan Uribe struck out with the tying run at third. Soria worked the ninth for his 31st save in 33 opportunities.

"That's why he's our man," Butler said.

It was more or less a typical game for the White Sox, who started the day clinging to a half-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central. They lead the AL with 76 home runs but have an ERA of 6.12 over their last 18 games.

"We are not pitching," Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't care how many (Griffeys) we bring in here. We've got to start pitching better. You got to go out there and do it."

Butler's two-run shot in the third put Kansas City on top 4-3, and Jose Guillen added a solo homer in the fourth.

German, subbing for injured second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, boosted the Royals to an 8-3 lead with a two-run triple off Ehren Wasserman in the fifth.

Following Konerko's home run, Davies retired the next 11 batters and went 5 1/3 innings for his second straight victory.

"After the Konerko home run, I kind of stepped off the mound and said, 'OK, take a breather. It's 3-0 and you haven't got an out in the second inning, so let's just settle down and throw some strikes,"' Davies said.

He was charged with three runs on five hits.

"They're built for the home run, and they do hit them," Davies said.

After Buehrle hit Mark Teahen leading off the third, Butler slammed a 2-1 pitch over the fence in left. German's RBI single scored Aviles with the Royals' fifth run in the fourth, but he was caught stealing just before Jose Guillen hit his 15th home run for a 6-3 lead.

Carlos Quentin's infield grounder brought home Orlando Cabrera, who had opened the game with a double, for Chicago's first run. Then on successive 1-0 pitches in the second, Thome and Konerko went back-to-back for a 3-0 lead on the oppressively hot, humid afternoon.

"You get to where you're completely soaked and you keep going into the dugout and drying out," Davies said. "As soon as you get back on the mound, you're drenched again."


  • The Royals designated RHP Yasuhiko Yabuta for assignment, deciding not to return the pitcher they signed to a two-year, $6 million contract back from Triple-A Omaha.
  • Griffey had his 17-game hitting streak against Kansas City snapped.
  • Grudzielanek was put on the 15-day DL with a right ankle sprain and INF Jason Smith was brought up from Omaha.
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Billy Butler blasts one of his three hits, a two-run shot in the third inning.  (AP)
Billy Butler blasts one of his three hits, a two-run shot in the third inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. German
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

J. Thome
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4110012 .268
    Josh Fields, 3B0000100 .200
Ken Griffey Jr., CF2000001 .247
   a- Dewayne Wise, PH-CF^LF3010001 .298
Carlos Quentin, LF3001001 .281
   b- Brian Anderson, PH-CF2111010 .234
Jermaine Dye, RF3111100 .308
Jim Thome, DH4221012 .259
Paul Konerko, 1B3211102 .215
Alexei Ramirez, 2B-SS4011000 .311
Toby Hall, C3010000 .282
   c- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C0001000 .290
Juan Uribe, 3B-2B4010022 .229
a-singled for Griffey in the 6th
b-homered for Quentin in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice fly for Hall in the 8th
2B - Orlando Cabrera (20, Davies), Jim Thome (23, Mahay), Alexei Ramirez (17, Ramirez)
HR - Brian Anderson (7, Mahay), Jermaine Dye (26, Mahay), Jim Thome (21, Davies), Paul Konerko (10, Davies)
SF - A.J. Pierzynski (4)
RBI - Carlos Quentin (84), Brian Anderson (19), Jermaine Dye (68), Jim Thome (62), Paul Konerko (36), Alexei Ramirez (39), A.J. Pierzynski (42)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (8, 3rd base off Soria/Olivo)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Uribe-Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,8-10) 4.11488012 4.07
Ehren Wassermann 2.2300300 8.49
Matt Thornton 1211011 2.68
IBB - Teahen by Ehren Wassermann, by Teahen
HBP - Teahen (by Mark Buehrle)
WP - Mark Buehrle (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 85-63, Ehren Wassermann 48-25, Matt Thornton 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 5-6, Ehren Wassermann 3-5, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 27, Ehren Wassermann 14, Matt Thornton 4
Kansas City Royals
Mike Aviles, SS-2B5130002 .327
Esteban German, 2B-LF5033003 .252
Mark Teahen, RF2100201 .243
Jose Guillen, DH4111104 .259
Billy Butler, 1B5232006 .265
    Tony Pena, SS0000000 .150
Alex Gordon, 3B5110021 .250
Miguel Olivo, C5131000 .259
Ross Gload, LF-1B4131000 .272
Mitch Maier, CF5121003 .238
2B - Mike Aviles (19, Buehrle), Esteban German (7, Wassermann)
3B - Esteban German (2, Wassermann)
HR - Jose Guillen (15, Buehrle), Billy Butler (7, Buehrle), Miguel Olivo (10, Thornton)
SF - Ross Gload (2)
RBI - Esteban German 3 (15), Jose Guillen (72), Billy Butler 2 (36), Miguel Olivo (30), Ross Gload (26), Mitch Maier (2)
2-OUT RBI - Esteban German 2 (7), Jose Guillen (33), Mitch Maier (1)
CS - Esteban German (2, 2nd base by Buehrle/Hall)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Aviles-Pena-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (W,5-2) 5.1533122 4.41
Horacio Ramirez 1.2100010 2.86
Ron Mahay 0.1333002 2.21
Ramon Ramirez0111100 2.98
Joakim Soria (S,31) 1.2000120 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 89-58, Horacio Ramirez 19-17, Ron Mahay 19-11, Ramon Ramirez 8-2, Joakim Soria 27-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 7-7, Horacio Ramirez 2-2, Ron Mahay 1-0, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 22, Horacio Ramirez 6, Ron Mahay 4, Ramon Ramirez 2, Joakim Soria 5
Game Information
Attendance - 21866
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jim Reynolds