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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alberto Callaspo dressed quickly and raced out of the ballpark to meet his wife at the airport.
Perhaps the error-prone second baseman couldn't wait to tell her the Kansas City fans weren't so mad at him any more. His two hits and three RBI enabled the Royals to double their run total of the four previous games combined and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Saturday.
"Two really big hits," said Royals manager Trey Hillman. "We finally got some key hits and bunched some key at-bats together."
It was the Royals' first win in seven tries against the White Sox and snapped Chicago's seven-game winning streak. Perhaps it also cooled, at least momentarily, the fan wrath which had been building against Callaspo after his errors at second were big factors in the Royals' losing their previous four games.
Callaspo got his big day started, and gave the Royals their first run in 13 innings, with an RBI triple off Gavin Floyd (6-6) in the fifth.
"Callaspo hit a slider that didn't slide," said Floyd.
Then the switch-hitter turned around to bat right-handed against Matt Thornton in the sixth and blooped a two-run single into right field.
That made it 5-4 and gave the offensively challenged Royals their first lead in 38 innings. Then the bullpen retired nine batters in a row in support of Luke Hochevar (4-3), who went six innings and gave up four runs, including two homers.
"Three zeroes, that's nice to see," said Hillman. "It's badly needed in a tight game, against a club that's been putting up runs, some veteran players who know how to work the count."
Hochevar went six innings, allowing four runs and nine hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.
"Soria's very good," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "He throws lots of strikes. When you see Soria coming out, it will be a tough inning."
Floyd, who was 3-0 his five previous starts, took a 3-0 lead and a no-hitter into the fifth. But Mike Jacobs led off with a clean single into right and Callaspo followed with a triple into right-center.
One out later, Mitch Maier's sacrifice fly made it 3-2.
In the sixth, Willie Bloomquist singled and stole second and after Jose Guillen reached on a fielder's choice, Mark Teahen's RBI single cut the deficit to 4-3. Thornton came out of the bullpen and Callaspo responded with his two-run single.
"I was throwing the ball well and then all of a sudden gave up some runs," said Floyd, who went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs on four hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. "I got behind a lot of hitters. I wasn't aggressive enough."
"The home run to Jermaine, that was a stupid pitch," said Hochevar. "A changeup right down the plate. Terrible pitch. I usually don't throw that pitch there. The one to Beckham, in that situation I thought I made a good pitch. But it was up a little bit and he's got quick hands."
Maier was out on an unusual play in the third that was officially recorded as five-unassisted. Maier was on second when Bloomquist hit a grounder to third baseman Beckham. Maier was ruled out when he ran into Beckham before he got control of the ball. Both players crashed to the ground but neither was hurt.
|Alberto Callaspo connects with a single to right field for two of his three RBI in the game. (AP)|
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|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.312|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Jermaine Dye, DH||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.291|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.295|
|Ramon Castro, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.225|
|a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Chris Getz, 2B||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.244|
|b- Jayson Nix, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Gordon Beckham, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.275|
|Dewayne Wise, RF||4||0||1||1||0||2||0||.197|
|Brian Anderson, CF||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.237|
|c- Jim Thome, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|a-fouled out for Castro in the 8th|
|b-popped out for Getz in the 8th|
|c-flied out for Anderson in the 9th|
|2B - Alexei Ramirez (8, Hochevar), Brian Anderson (8, Hochevar)|
|HR - Jermaine Dye (19, Hochevar), Gordon Beckham (3, Hochevar)|
|RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (50), Gordon Beckham (16), Dewayne Wise (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dewayne Wise (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Gavin Floyd (L,6-6)||5.1||4||5||5||3||4||0||4.33|
|Matt Thornton (BS,3)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 96-54, Matt Thornton 19-12, Octavio Dotel 27-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 6-6, Matt Thornton 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 23, Matt Thornton 5, Octavio Dotel 7|
|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Willie Bloomquist, SS-RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.266|
|Billy Butler, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||1||0||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Tony Pena Jr., SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.093|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.289|
|Mike Jacobs, DH||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.225|
|a- Brayan Pena, PH-DH||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Alberto Callaspo, 2B||3||1||2||3||1||1||1||.301|
|Miguel Olivo, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.249|
|Mitch Maier, CF||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.228|
|a-grounded out for Jacobs in the 6th|
|3B - Alberto Callaspo (3, Floyd)|
|HR - Brayan Pena (2, Dotel)|
|SF - Mitch Maier (1)|
|RBI - Mark Teahen (29), Brayan Pena (4), Alberto Callaspo 3 (31), Mitch Maier (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brayan Pena (2), Alberto Callaspo 2 (17)|
|SB - Willie Bloomquist (15, 2nd base off Floyd/Castro), Mitch Maier (4, 2nd base off Floyd/Castro)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Guillen 1, Mitch Maier 1|
|DP - Teahen-Callaspo-Butler|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Luke Hochevar (W,4-3)||6||9||4||4||2||3||2||5.08|
|Juan Cruz (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.63|
|John Bale (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.57|
|Joakim Soria (S,11)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.83|
|HBP - Getz (by Luke Hochevar), Anderson (by Luke Hochevar)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 95-57, Juan Cruz 17-10, John Bale 15-9, Joakim Soria 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 8-4|
|Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 28, Juan Cruz 3, John Bale 3, Joakim Soria 3|
|Attendance - 18182|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Ted Barrett|