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Royals 2, White Sox 1

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CHICAGO -- Even with a blister on his right throwing finger and the lack of his usual overpowering fastball, Robinson Tejeda still continued his dominance since joining the Royals rotation.

Tejeda won his third straight start, pitching six solid innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Sunday.

Mitch Maier had an RBI single for the Royals, who have won 10 of their last 13 games.

Since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation on Sept. 4, Tejeda (4-1) is 3-0. He has allowed just two runs over 22 1/3 innings as a starter.

"He [Tejeda] didn't really have his overpowering fastball. It was one of those days like all pitchers have. When you reach back it just doesn't come out like it [usually] does," Royals catcher John Buck said. "But he reached down and really let it go every once in a while when we needed do and really did a good job locating with his fastball both sides of the plate."

Tejeda allowed one run and three hits. He struck out five and walked two and was not phased by a blister that developed in his last start against Detroit.

"It was not bothering me at all. I said great," Tejeda said. "It's not hurting, let's do this. I got a blister the game before Detroit. In Detroit it was bothering me a little bit with my breaking pitch."

Royals closer Joakim Soria got five outs for his 26th save in 29 opportunities. He struck out Paul Konerko with runners on first and second in the eighth. After a walk to Alexei Ramirez to load the bases, Soria ended the White Sox scoring threat by getting Jermaine Dye to fly out.

White Sox pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled with two outs in the ninth. Dewayne Wise, who replaced Kotsay as a pinch-runner, attempted to steal second but was thrown out to end the game.

Tejeda left the game after throwing 104 pitches and retiring the last seven batters in order.

"He's good. The difference was when he was coming out of the bullpen he was throwing 97, 98 mph, now he is 91, 92 and he spots it a lot better and doesn't fall behind too many guys," said A.J. Pierzynski. It's pretty amazing seeing the transformation a guy can make from going from the bullpen to being a starter and having the success that he's had. He's done it four or five times now so it's not a fluke."

The White Sox failed to take advantage of a strong start by Freddy Garcia (2-3), who went a season-high eight innings, allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked one.

"Freddy changes speed very well and keeps guys off balanced and he's been pitching great. It's a shame we couldn't find a way to score a couple for him and get him a win," said Pierzynski.

Chicago has lost four of its last five games and trail the Detroit Tigers by 6½ games in the AL Central.

"We're not in a good spot, we're not where we want to be, but even if we were leading the division by 6½ games it wouldn't change what we needed to do tomorrow when we come in here," said Paul Konerko.

Willie Bloomquist led off the game with a double and stole third. Then scored on Garcia's wild pitch. With one out in the third inning, Josh Anderson bunted for a hit and stole second. Anderson scored on Maier's single.

Anderson also helped Tejeda by robbing Carlos Quentin of a homer when he made a leaping catch at the wall in center.

Scott Podsednik led off the fourth for the White Sox with a single and scored on Pierzynski's RBI single. Tejeda escaped further damage by getting Quentin to fly out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Notes

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will start RHP Daniel Hudson on Monday against the Twins in place of Gavin Floyd. Hudson was a combined 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA in the White Sox minor league system. He started the season at Class A Kannapolis before being promoted to Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Floyd will miss the start with a sore left hip. Floyd is expected to make his next start on Saturday against the Tigers if the White Sox are still in postseason contention. ... RHP Jake Peavy said he experienced some "general soreness" a day after his start on Saturday. He is expected to make his next start Friday.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

W. Bloomquist
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Kansas City Royals
Willie Bloomquist, RF4120001 .271
Mitch Maier, LF3011101 .247
Billy Butler, 1B3000102 .299
Mike Jacobs, DH3000001 .229
   a- Miguel Olivo, PH-DH1000011 .251
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4000021 .297
John Buck, C3010010 .235
Luis Hernandez, 2B3000011 .175
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000000 .238
Josh Anderson, CF3110000 .239
Totals3025125  
a-struck out for Jacobs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (11, Garcia)
RBI - Mitch Maier (27)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Maier (13)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (21, 3rd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), John Buck (1, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Josh Anderson (20, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski)
CS - Willie Bloomquist (6, 2nd base by Garcia/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Tejeda-Betancourt-Butler
Kansas City Royals
Robinson Tejeda (W,4-1) 6311250 2.94
Roman Colon (H,5) 1.1200110 4.73
Joakim Soria (S,26) 1.2100110 2.40
HBP - Dye (by Roman Colon)
WP - Robinson Tejeda (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 104-66, Roman Colon 30-17, Joakim Soria 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 2-10, Roman Colon 1-2, Joakim Soria 1-2
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 22, Roman Colon 8, Joakim Soria 6
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, DH4120000 .304
Gordon Beckham, 3B3000112 .266
A.J. Pierzynski, C4021010 .309
Paul Konerko, 1B3000122 .283
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000122 .279
Jermaine Dye, RF2000103 .250
Carlos Quentin, LF4000004 .232
Chris Getz, 2B4010010 .269
Alex Rios, CF3000002 .242
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1010000 .280
    Dewayne Wise, PR0000000 .206
Totals3116147  
a-singled for Rios in the 9th
Batting
RBI - A.J. Pierzynski (48)
SB - Scott Podsednik (28, 2nd base off Tejeda/Buck)
CS - Dewayne Wise (4, 2nd base by Soria/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Konerko-A. Ramirez
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (L,2-3) 8522130 4.01
Matt Thornton 1000120 2.69
WP - Freddy Garcia (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 93-67, Matt Thornton 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 9-10
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 28, Matt Thornton 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22798
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Dan Bellino