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Chi. White Sox (39-36)000100000140
Kansas City (33-44) «21000000x3122

Royals 3, White Sox 1

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KANSAS CITY -- This win was a long time coming for Anthony Lerew.

The Kansas City Royals' rookie right-hander earned his first major league victory Monday night, throwing six solid innings in a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Lerew has been pitching professionally 10 years and had to overcome Tommy John surgery in 2008.

"I've been waiting for this day forever," he said. "It's finally good to have it happen. I definitely have gray hairs. It's incredible."

Lerew (1-1), making his eighth major league start and 17th appearance, allowed one run and three hits, struck out four and walked one. He helped lead the Royals to their fourth win in five games.

"I definitely had that in the back of my mind the whole time, which wasn't a help," Lerew said of the elusive victory. "I made it a lot more work than it should have been, the added pressure on me."

The White Sox lost their second straight after an 11-game winning streak ended Sunday. It was just their third defeat in 18 games.

Carlos Quentin's 13th homer in the fourth inning was the only run Lerew allowed.

"It was a good ballgame, but we just didn't get the big hit," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

The Royals overcame three runners being thrown out on the bases and two errors in the final two innings.

"It was an ugly one," said Willie Bloomquist, who had three of the Royals' 12 hits. "We had a lot of mistakes. I made a bunch myself. The bottom line is we came out on top. Ugly or not, we got the 'W.' That's a game in the past few years we'd figure out a way to lose and hopefully we're turning the corner and finding out ways to win games that we shouldn't. We had a lot of opportunities to blow that game wide open, but we just didn't. We were fortunate to come out on top."

Chicago's Mark Buehrle, who went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in interleague play, lost for the first time since June 1. Buehrle (6-7) allowed three runs on 10 hits and a season-high five walks in 6 1/3 innings. That was the most walks by Buehrle since a career-high six on May 11, 2003.

"I was missing with some pitches and I was missing a lot," Buehrle said. "I'd throw a close pitch, but if you're all over the place, it's harder to get a strike call. Being wild all over the place doesn't help. When you're not making your pitches and the balls are finding holes, that's what happens."

Buehrle threw 35 pitches in the Royals' two-run first, walking two and giving up three hits. Billy Butler's single scored Jason Kendall, and Mike Aviles, who also had three hits, drove in David DeJesus with a two-out single.

"I was probably the most nervous one after the first inning," Lerew said. "I was miserable pitching in that situation, getting an early lead."

Butler's two-out single in the second scored Kendall, giving the Royals a 3-0 lead.

Royals relievers Victor Marte, Robinson Tejeda and Joakim Soria, who earned his 19th save in 21 opportunities, preserved the lead for Lerew with three scoreless innings.

"Lerew did a great job of getting us through six and the bullpen covered it from there," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "They the made three runs stand up. Anthony getting his first win was big, but he earned it. That's a tough hitting club over there and he did a great job of keeping them off balance and getting us through six innings."

The White Sox loaded the bases on an error by Yuniesky Betancourt, a walk and a hit batter with one out in the ninth, but failed to score. Soria retired pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay and Alexei Ramirez on infield popups to Aviles.

"Everyday is an adventure," Soria said. "I love being there in that situation. Thank God I got the save, we get the win and everything is fine. I tried to get groundballs, but I got two fly balls."

Jose Guillen went 0 for 3 and walked, ending his career-high 21-game hitting streak, which was the longest by a Royals hitter since Rey Sanchez hit in 21 straight in 2001.

Notes

First base umpire Alfonso Marquez left in the fifth inning with symptoms of heat distress and shortness of breath and was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for evaluation. ... Juan Pierre made his eighth start as the White Sox designated hitter, while Andruw Jones started in left. Jones went 0 for 3 and is 3 for 40 in his past 18 games. Kansas City's bullpen has allowed one run in 17 2/3 innings in the past seven games.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

A. Lerew
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 

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Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, DH4010010 .246
Omar Vizquel, 3B4000012 .252
Alex Rios, CF4010010 .312
Paul Konerko, 1B4000030 .296
Carlos Quentin, RF1111200 .233
    Brent Lillibridge, PR0000000 .333
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010001 .243
Andruw Jones, LF3000002 .199
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000003 .212
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000006 .264
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000001 .202
Totals3114126  
a-popped out for A. Jones in the 9th
Batting
HR - Carlos Quentin (13, Lerew)
RBI - Carlos Quentin (49)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (20)
CS - Alex Rios (8, 2nd base by Lerew/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andruw Jones 1
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,6-7) 6.11033520 4.58
Sergio Santos 1.2200000 2.22
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 110-67, Sergio Santos 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-4, Sergio Santos 2-2
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 30, Sergio Santos 6
Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF4010001 .292
Jason Kendall, C2210200 .266
David DeJesus, RF2110100 .332
Billy Butler, 1B4022002 .320
Jose Guillen, DH3000116 .279
Alberto Callaspo, 3B3000101 .277
Mike Aviles, 2B4031010 .324
Willie Bloomquist, CF4030003 .236
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010002 .259
Totals30312352  
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles (6, Santos), Willie Bloomquist (3, Buehrle)
SH - David DeJesus (3)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (40), Mike Aviles (12)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (15), Mike Aviles (7)
CS - Scott Podsednik (9, 2nd base by Buehrle/Pierzynski), Mike Aviles (4, Home by Buehrle/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Marte-Betancourt-Butler
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (9, Misplayed grounder), Alberto Callaspo (4, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Anthony Lerew (W,1-1) 6311141 3.63
Victor Marte (H,1) 1000010 2.95
Robinson Tejeda (H,6) 1100000 3.52
Joakim Soria (S,19) 1000110 2.51
HBP - Quentin (by Victor Marte), Pierzynski (by Joakim Soria)
WP - Anthony Lerew (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Lerew 92-60, Victor Marte 11-5, Robinson Tejeda 15-11, Joakim Soria 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Lerew 4-9, Victor Marte 1-0, Robinson Tejeda 2-2, Joakim Soria 1-2
Batters Faced - Anthony Lerew 21, Victor Marte 3, Robinson Tejeda 5, Joakim Soria 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15056
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim Tschida