Chicago at Kansas City

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Chi. White Sox (24-25) «1002100037111
Kansas City (23-27)0310000004100

White Sox 7, Royals 4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With a 4-1 lead and Zack Greinke on the mound, the Kansas City Royals felt relaxed and confident.

Next time, they'll know better.

Chris Getz completed a Chicago comeback with a tiebreaking two-run single off Juan Cruz in the ninth inning Sunday, and the White Sox rallied for a 7-4 victory and their first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2005.

"As soon as you start thinking you've got the game in hand, things change," said Royals center fielder Willie Bloomquist. "Zack's human. He's not going to throw a shutout every time. We've got to continue to get him runs and keep piling on when we get a lead."

  Royals put Buck on DL

Greinke, going for his major league-leading ninth win, went seven innings and gave up eight hits in what would be a decent outing for most major league pitchers but was easily his worst.

"When you're down 3-1 with Greinke pitching, most teams would say, 'We've already won the series, let's pack it in and go to Chicago,"' said manager Ozzie Guillen. "But we didn't. We battled. That's what we've been doing lately."

Scott Podsednik singled, double and tripled and scored two runs and A.J. Pierzynski was 2-for-3 against Greinke, whose record stayed at 8-1 while he gave up four runs, three earned, and struck out seven. His ERA crept up from 0.84 to 1.10.

"Podsednik -- if I could get him out, it would be a lot better," said Greinke, who had trouble with his usually reliable slider.

"He always does that to me."

Pierzynski was 3-for-4 for the day and got the ninth inning rally started with a single off John Bale (0-1).

"I've thrown him everything," said Greinke. "He's hit everything. You get two strikes and he fights off good pitches. I used to think he was just a bloop hit guy. He's a little better than that."

Bale came in with one out in the ninth and gave up Pierzynski's single just inches fair into left, and walked Brian Anderson. After Cruz walked Josh Fields, Getz singled into right. He scored on Podsednik's single.

Matt Thornton (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief for the win and Bobby Jenks worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances as KC lost for the 16th time in 21 games.

"Anytime you face a pitcher like Greinke, you know it's going to be a really good battle," said Thornton. "Our offense did a good job top to bottom. He's a great pitcher and to score four runs on him is huge for us."

Chicago starter John Danks had allowed only one earned run in 16 consecutive innings in Kansas City until Mark Teahen and Olivo singled and David DeJesus hit a two-run double in the second. DeJesus scored when shortstop Alexei Ramirez got turned around and appeared to lose Mitch Maier's pop RBI double in the sun. Miguel Olivo's RBI single put Greinke on top 4-1 in the third.

Josh Fields made it 4-3 with a two-run single in the fourth and then Podsednik doubled in the fifth and tied it 4-all when Jermaine Dye dropped an RBI single in front of DeJesus in left.

Notes

KC catcher John Buck went on the 15-day DL with a herniation and spasms in his lower back. He was preparing to bat in the third inning on Saturday when he suddenly went to his knees in pain and had to be helped down the dugout steps. ...Greinke stretched his homerless inning streak dating back to 2008 to 110, the longest since Kevin Brown went 118 consecutive innings from Aug. 24, 1996, to May 20, 1997. ... The White Sox headed home for a season-long 11-game homestand.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Podsednik
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5231000 .297
Alexei Ramirez, SS5000003 .253
Jermaine Dye, RF4011021 .277
Jim Thome, DH4121011 .256
Paul Konerko, 1B4000022 .309
A.J. Pierzynski, C4230000 .299
Dewayne Wise, CF3000013 .192
   a- Brian Anderson, PH-CF0100100 .275
Josh Fields, 3B3012121 .244
Chris Getz, 2B4112012 .248
    Jayson Nix, 2B0000000 .205
Totals36711729  
a-walked for Wise in the 9th
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (4, Greinke), A.J. Pierzynski (6, Greinke)
3B - Scott Podsednik (2, Greinke)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (8), Jermaine Dye (34), Jim Thome (29), Josh Fields 2 (20), Chris Getz 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (4), Jim Thome (17), Josh Fields 2 (11)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - John Danks (1, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 5.1944250 4.80
Octavio Dotel 1100130 1.04
Matt Thornton (W,2-1) 1.2000020 1.80
Bobby Jenks (S,12) 1000000 3.00
WP - Matt Thornton (2)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 100-67, Octavio Dotel 22-13, Matt Thornton 19-16, Bobby Jenks 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 5-6, Matt Thornton 3-1, Bobby Jenks 1-2
Batters Faced - John Danks 27, Octavio Dotel 5, Matt Thornton 6, Bobby Jenks 3
Kansas City Royals
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4000113 .284
Mitch Maier, CF5011023 .280
Billy Butler, 1B5020011 .291
Mike Jacobs, DH4110114 .248
Jose Guillen, RF5010013 .269
Mark Teahen, 3B4110023 .285
Miguel Olivo, C4121010 .239
David DeJesus, LF3112104 .236
Luis Hernandez, SS3010011 .217
Totals374104310  
Batting
2B - Mitch Maier (3, Danks), Billy Butler (15, Danks), Mike Jacobs (9, Danks), David DeJesus (9, Danks)
SH - Luis Hernandez (2)
RBI - Mitch Maier (6), Miguel Olivo (15), David DeJesus 2 (20)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Maier (2), Miguel Olivo (5)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1
DP - Bloomquist-Hernandez-Butler
PB - Miguel Olivo (5)
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke 7843070 1.10
Jamey Wright 1.1000020 3.51
John Bale (L,0-1)0122100 8.10
Juan Cruz 0.2211100 3.97
WP - John Bale (1), Juan Cruz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 114-77, Jamey Wright 17-10, John Bale 9-5, Juan Cruz 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-5, Jamey Wright 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 28, Jamey Wright 4, John Bale 2, Juan Cruz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19855
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Chad Fairchild