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Royals' Hochevar throws three-hitter for first career shutout

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CHICAGO -- Despite going almost two months without a victory, Luke Hochevar hadn't lost any confidence in himself.

Hochevar pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout and Miguel Olivo hit a pair of two-run shots and drove in a career-high six runs as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 11-0 Friday.

Hochevar (7-10) allowed just three singles and struck out five with one walk. The right-hander won his first start since July 25 and won his first game in his last eight decisions. He struck out Ramon Castro in the third inning to start a string of eight consecutive outs.

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"Even though I've been going through that [losing] stretch I felt like I was throwing the ball well. I really hadn't lost any confidence," said Hochevar. "It's tough. I felt like my stuff was good. I felt like I was making pitches. Sooner or later it was going to break. Luckily it finally happened."

Hochevar even thought opposing hitters knew what was coming.

"I've had so many ups and downs, worrying about tipping pitches and trying to fix that," Hochevar.

Olivo's home runs against his former team came in the sixth inning against White Sox starter Mark Buehrle and in the eighth against reliever Jhonny Nunez. It was his third career multi-home run game.

"Wow. Hoch was outstanding, obviously Miggie led the offense. With a tremendous performance," said Royals manager Trey Hillman.

Olivo also hit a three-run home run in the Royals' 9-2 win over Detroit on Thursday.

Alberto Callaspo had a two-run triple in the seventh inning and Billy Butler added a two-run double in the eighth inning for Kansas City, who have won nine of its last 11 games. John Buck also had a solo home run in the ninth.

"I think someone needs to tell those guys at the beginning of the year that they're out of it," said Buehrle. "It seems like every year that last month they play their best baseball against teams that are going for winning the division."

The White Sox has lost four of its last five games.

With the playoff hopes nearly diminished, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen shook up his lineup to no avail after a tough 14-inning loss at Seattle, Guillen was irked by his team's effort in the loss. He benched outfielders Alex Rios and Jermaine Dye, who went a combined 0-for-12 in the extra-inning loss to Seattle. He also gave the team a pregame pep talk.

"I think my motivational speech before the game didn't work at all. It was very bad. I wasted 25 minutes of my time to try to motivate those guys," said Guillen.

The White Sox have gone 18 straight innings with no runs and seven hits.

Buehrle (12-9) allowed five runs on seven hits in six-plus innings. He came out of the game after giving up back-to-back to singles. He struck out four, but walked four. Buehrle has only won since his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23.

"I don't know if I was trying too hard. Today was probably the best I felt since the ninth inning of that perfect game," said Buehrle, who surpassed the 200 inning mark for the ninth straight season. "It was one of those things where I wasn't even coming close to strikezone. I can't say they were close calls that the umpire missed or anything. It was just one of those innings."

Olivo also added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

Notes

  • Royals ace Zack Greinke, who was struck on the upper part of his throwing arm by a liner off the bat of Detroit's Miguel Cabrera On Thursday, may have his next start pushed back a day. Greinke was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Red Sox, but the Royals may wait an additional day. He is scheduled to play toss before Saturday's game against the White Sox. "Greinke feels OK other than where he took his shot. He feels fine," said Royals manager Trey Hillman.
  • Royals RHP Kyle Davies was scratched from Saturday's start because of a sore oblique. Rookie LHP Dusty Hughes will make his first major league start in the place of Davies.
 
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It takes eight decisions before Luke Hochevar picks up a win, but he does in style, allowing just 3 singles. (AP)
It takes eight decisions before Luke Hochevar picks up a win, but he does in style, allowing just 3 singles. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

L. Hochevar
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
Kansas City

M. Olivo
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 6
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF5220001 .282
Willie Bloomquist, RF4100113 .271
    Josh Anderson, CF0000000 .241
Billy Butler, 1B2322300 .301
Miguel Olivo, DH3226111 .251
Alberto Callaspo, 2B5012003 .298
Mitch Maier, CF-RF4010110 .250
John Buck, C5121013 .230
Alex Gordon, 3B4120001 .215
    Luis Hernandez, PR-3B1100010 .183
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5010002 .241
Totals3811131165  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (47, Nunez), Alex Gordon (4, Buehrle)
3B - Alberto Callaspo (7, Pena)
HR - Miguel Olivo 2 (23, Buehrle, Nunez), John Buck (8, Hudson)
SF - Miguel Olivo (1)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (82), Miguel Olivo 6 (64), Alberto Callaspo 2 (67), John Buck (34)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler 2 (31), Miguel Olivo 3 (23), Alberto Callaspo 2 (32)
CS - Mitch Maier (2, 2nd base by Buehrle/Castro)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Butler, Betancourt-Callaspo-Butler
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar (W,7-10) 9300150 5.79
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 105-76
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 12-8
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 29
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF3010001 .302
   a- Tyler Flowers, PH1000010 .000
Gordon Beckham, 3B3000002 .270
    Josh Fields, 3B1000010 .220
A.J. Pierzynski, DH3000000 .308
Paul Konerko, 1B3000010 .283
Mark Kotsay, RF3000000 .276
Alexei Ramirez, SS1000100 .279
   b- Brent Lillibridge, PH-SS1000010 .143
Chris Getz, 2B3010001 .269
Dewayne Wise, CF3010001 .206
Ramon Castro, C3000011 .224
Totals2803015  
a-struck out for Podsednik in the 9th
b-struck out for A. Ramirez in the 8th
Batting
SB - Dewayne Wise (4, 2nd base off Hochevar/Buck)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Dewayne Wise (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,12-9) 6755441 3.84
Tony Pena 1111200 4.23
Jhonny Nunez 0.2444001 10.38
Daniel Hudson 1.1111011 4.76
IBB - Butler by Tony Pena, by Maier
WP - Jhonny Nunez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 100-57, Tony Pena 21-8, Jhonny Nunez 23-16, Daniel Hudson 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 5-8, Tony Pena 2-1, Jhonny Nunez 1-1, Daniel Hudson 1-2
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Tony Pena 6, Jhonny Nunez 6, Daniel Hudson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29179
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth