Chicago at Kansas City

Final 11th
Kansas City
W: J. Cruz (2-0) L: L. Broadway (0-1)
HR: CHW - J. Fields (2), J. Dye (7)   KC - A. Callaspo (2), M. Jacobs (5)

First-place Royals top White Sox in 11, extend winning streak to four wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An early four-run deficit would have likely been too much for the Kansas City Royals to overcome last year, probably any other season during the past decade.

This team is wired a little different. They expect to win, refuse to roll over when it gets tough.

John Buck lined a game-winning single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to help the Royals complete an 8-7 comeback victory against the White Sox on Tuesday night.

"It speaks a lot to their will," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "They want to keep playing when they get down. I guess it's character, which is great to see. The guys have a taste of it and they want more."

Nearly everyone contributed to this one.

Mike Jacobs helped chip away at the early deficit with a three-run homer. Alberto Callaspo hit a solo shot and had a run-scoring double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Billy Butler tied the game at 7 with a run-scoring single in the seventh. Coco Crisp stole two bases and matched a career-high with four of Kansas City's 11 walks.

Jamey Wright pitched three strong innings of late relief and Juan Cruz (2-0) set up the winning rally by working the 11th.

Mitch Maier set up the rally by walking with one out, then went to third on Willie Bloomquist's hit-and-run single off Lance Broadway (0-1). Callaspo was intentionally walked and Buck lined the next pitch just past third baseman Josh Fields for Kansas City's seventh comeback victory of the season. The first-place Royals have won four straight and six of seven overall.

"One thing we've shown all season is a never-die attitude," said Jacobs, who hit his fifth home run.

Jermaine Dye and Josh Fields returned from hand injuries to belt home runs and Scott Podsednik drove in two runs for Chicago, which had 16 hits. A.J. Pierzynzki had four hits and Carlos Quentin three, but the White Sox stranded 13 baserunners and didn't score after the fifth inning. Chicago has lost four straight to Kansas City for the first time since 2003.

Chicago has lost four straight overall and is only 12-14 after winning the AL Central last season.

"Some people on this team better check [themselves]," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "They better think about the way we're playing -- I'm talking about everyone. They better be careful. I'm not afraid to move people. I'm not afraid to make changes."

The White Sox staked starter Gavin Floyd to a 4-0 lead in three innings and he gave it all back, allowing Callaspo's second career home run in the third inning and a three-run, 441-foot shot to Jacobs in the fourth. The right-hander ran into trouble again in the sixth inning, chased after a leadoff walk to Jose Guillen and Butler's single.

Callaspo followed with a run-scoring double off Matt Thornton, who later walked Coco Crisp with the bases loaded to cut the White Sox's lead to 7-6.

Floyd allowed six runs and six hits in his second shaky outing the past three starts.

"Getting ahead of guys is key for me, and early on I did that," Floyd said. "I'm frustrated with myself."

Royals starter Kyle Davies wasn't any better, giving up two home runs, six runs and eight hits in four innings. Fields led off the third inning with a home run and Dye, back after two games, hit a two-run shot three batters later to put the White Sox up 4-0.

The Royals crept back within one, but Davies gave up another run in the fourth on Carlos Quentin's RBI single and was done after Dye's leadoff single in the fifth. Alexei Ramirez followed with a run-scoring single off Robinson Tejeda and Podsednik made it 7-4 with a sacrifice fly.

"It was just a matter of command," Hillman said. "It makes it really difficult on any pitcher when you throw nearly as many balls as strikes, a lot of deep counts and pitch out of jams. More than anything else it was a lack of command, getting guys to swing the bats."


Royals C Bryan Pena, who opened the season in the majors, cleared outright waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha. ... Quentin leads the majors with seven hit-by-pitches after being plunked by Davies in the first inning. ... Chicago's Jim Thome walked three times, moving one past Harmon Killebrew for 14th all-time with 1,561.

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Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Callaspo
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Dye
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Josh Fields, 3B6121023 .261
Carlos Quentin, LF5031001 .253
Jim Thome, DH3100313 .214
Jermaine Dye, RF6222034 .292
Paul Konerko, 1B6120013 .302
A.J. Pierzynski, C5140100 .316
Alexei Ramirez, SS6011025 .211
Scott Podsednik, CF4022001 .316
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (2, Mahay)
3B - A.J. Pierzynski (1, Wright)
HR - Josh Fields (2, Davies), Jermaine Dye (7, Davies)
SF - Scott Podsednik (1)
RBI - Josh Fields (11), Carlos Quentin (17), Jermaine Dye 2 (15), Alexei Ramirez (11), Scott Podsednik 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (3), Scott Podsednik (1)
SB - Carlos Quentin (1, 2nd base off Davies/Buck), Alexei Ramirez (6, 2nd base off Tejeda/Buck)
Team LOB - 13
Outfield Assists - Carlos Quentin 1
DP - Quentin-Pierzynski
Chicago White Sox
Gavin Floyd 5666222 6.29
Matt Thornton (H,4) 1211230 2.70
Octavio Dotel (BS,1) 1100210 0.00
Scott Linebrink 1000200 0.90
D.J. Carrasco 2000110 3.00
Lance Broadway (L,0-1) 0.2211210 5.40
IBB - Teahen by Scott Linebrink, Callaspo by Lance Broadway
WP - Gavin Floyd (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 82-45, Matt Thornton 29-18, Octavio Dotel 26-11, Scott Linebrink 28-15, D.J. Carrasco 32-18, Lance Broadway 23-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 7-6, Scott Linebrink 2-1, D.J. Carrasco 3-2
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 23, Matt Thornton 7, Octavio Dotel 5, Scott Linebrink 5, D.J. Carrasco 7, Lance Broadway 6
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF2011400 .235
David DeJesus, LF6000016 .237
Mark Teahen, 3B5220121 .292
Jose Guillen, RF2210200 .306
    Mitch Maier, PR-RF1100102 .174
Billy Butler, 1B4121001 .253
    Willie Bloomquist, PR-1B2010000 .378
Mike Jacobs, DH5113124 .241
Alberto Callaspo, 2B5122110 .379
John Buck, C6011024 .250
Mike Aviles, SS4000100 .207
2B - Billy Butler (6, Dotel), Alberto Callaspo (13, Thornton)
HR - Mike Jacobs (5, Floyd), Alberto Callaspo (2, Floyd)
RBI - Coco Crisp (11), Billy Butler (11), Mike Jacobs 3 (16), Alberto Callaspo 2 (11), John Buck (17)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (5), John Buck (3)
SB - Coco Crisp 2 (4, 3rd base off Floyd/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Linebrink/Pierzynski), Willie Bloomquist (4, 2nd base off Broadway/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Aviles-Callaspo-Butler, Wright-Aviles-Bloomquist
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies 4866322 5.88
Robinson Tejeda 2311130 1.69
Ron Mahay 1200010 5.19
Jamey Wright 3300030 1.45
Juan Cruz (W,2-0) 1000120 2.19
HBP - Quentin (by Kyle Davies)
WP - Kyle Davies (2), Jamey Wright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 95-52, Robinson Tejeda 41-26, Ron Mahay 16-11, Jamey Wright 43-24, Juan Cruz 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 6-3, Robinson Tejeda 1-2, Ron Mahay 1-1, Jamey Wright 3-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Robinson Tejeda 10, Ron Mahay 5, Jamey Wright 11, Juan Cruz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13419
Game Time - 4:33
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Tom Hallion