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ChiSox's Quentin hits GS, solo shot for second straight two-HR effort

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CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was stunned when he saw the American League Central standings.

Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Chicago White Sox surged into first place in the AL Central with a 15-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Andruw Jones hit his 400th career homer during a seven-run, four homer third inning for Chicago, which moved atop the division after trailing the Twins by 9½ games on June 8.

"A shock. To be honest with you, I think it is a shock just because the way the team was playing, all the negative stuff outside the clubhouse How many games we got to put up to be over .500. How many games we were out of first place. It's a shock how quick we did it," Guillen said. "I know we are going to compete this year and hopefully we stay the same way we are right now. We put ourselves in a pretty nice spot and see what happens the rest of the summer."

The White Sox overcame a first half of reported disputes between Guillen and general manager Ken Williams, an inept offense and a struggling rotation for the first two months of the season.

During the seven-game homestand, Quentin was 7 for 13 with six home runs and 11 RBI. Quentin, who had two home runs in the win on Saturday, had three multihomer games during the homestand. He missed three games because a sore left knee.

"Sometimes you hit the ball, it goes out of the yard. Sometimes someone catches the ball. Baseball is a very fragile game, it changes in a second and it's always to be respected," Quentin said. "I'm fortunate to get some good pitches to hit and take some good swings and help the team win. I stay with an approach every time and trust it and good things have happened."

Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo also homered for the White Sox (49-38), who have won eight straight and 25 of 30. Chicago moved a half-game ahead of Detroit for first.

On June 9, Williams vowed to make changes.

A.J. Pierzynski also didn't believe getting to the top of the division by the end of the first half was possible.

"No. We said if we could just get close by the end of June, have it down to five or six games, then we'd have a chance," Pierzynski said. "To be in the position we're in is pretty unbelievable."

After a four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Angels, the White Sox capped the homestand off with a three-game sweep of the Royals.

Royals starter Anthony Lerew got two outs in the third inning then was tagged for four home runs. After missing on two big swings, Rios connected for his 15th homer on an 0-2 pitch. Then Quentin followed on a 3-1 pitch to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead. Mark Kotsay continued the third inning with a single and Pierzynski walked, then Jones hit his milestone home run into the left-field bullpen. Viciedo chased Lerew with a longball deep to left.

The four home runs in the inning tied a franchise record for the sixth time. The White Sox last hit four home runs in an inning Aug. 14, 2008, against the Royals.

"I'm surprised they had enough fireworks left," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's just one of those days. We left some balls up and they hammered them."

In the sixth inning, Quentin tagged reliever Victor Marte for a grand slam. It was his 19th homer of the season. Quentin received a curtain call from the 29,040 fans.

Lerew started in place of Zack Greinke, who was scratched from the start for precautionary reasons because of a sore right shoulder. Greinke is expected to start the first game back from the All-Star break on July 16 against Oakland.

Lerew (1-3) allowed eight runs on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Jones passed Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 46th place on the all-time home run list.

Before the game, Chicago called up right-hander Daniel Hudson from Triple-A Charlotte to start in place of Jake Peavy, who is scheduled for season-ending surgery on Wednesday.

Hudson didn't last long enough to earn the victory.

He gave up a two-run homer to Jose Guillen in the fourth inning. In the fifth, he allowed two runs on three hits, including an RBI single to Scott Podsednik that ended his day.

Hudson allowed five runs on six hits in four-plus innings.

Tony Pena (3-1) pitched three-hit ball for three innings.

Jose Guillen homered for the Royals, who have been swept three times on the season.

Notes

  • White Sox 1B Paul Konerko had the day off.
  • The Royals allowed a season high for runs and hits (18).
  • The White Sox are a season-high 11 games over .500 and are a major-league best 20-9 in day games.
 
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Carlos Quentin -- four HRs and eight RBI in the past two games -- helps Chicago take the AL Central lead.  (AP)
Carlos Quentin -- four HRs and eight RBI in the past two games -- helps Chicago take the AL Central lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Quentin
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Kansas City

J. Guillen
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
Scott Podsednik, LF3021110 .301
Jason Kendall, C2011101 .271
   a- Brayan Pena, PH-C1000001 .172
David DeJesus, RF4010012 .326
Billy Butler, 1B4220012 .322
Jose Guillen, DH3122011 .279
   b- Willie Bloomquist, PH-DH1000001 .229
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2000101 .274
   c- Chris Getz, PH-3B1000001 .232
Mike Aviles, 2B3001010 .305
Mitch Maier, CF4110000 .251
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4110010 .258
Totals32510536  
a-grounded out for Kendall in the 7th
b-flied out for Guillen in the 8th
c-popped out for Callaspo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (26, Hudson), Yuniesky Betancourt (20, Hudson)
HR - Jose Guillen (15, Hudson)
SF - Mike Aviles (1)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (35), Jason Kendall (30), Jose Guillen 2 (54), Mike Aviles (14)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Aviles-Butler, Betancourt-Butler
E - Alberto Callaspo (7, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Anthony Lerew (L,1-3) 2.2988104 7.56
Kanekoa Texeira 1.1200000 3.68
Dusty Hughes 1.1132110 3.99
Victor Marte 0.2122111 5.56
Kyle Farnsworth 1322010 2.41
Robinson Tejeda 0.2000000 3.35
Joakim Soria 0.1200000 2.31
HBP - Rios (by Anthony Lerew)
Pitches-Strikes - Anthony Lerew 66-40, Kanekoa Texeira 17-10, Dusty Hughes 30-16, Victor Marte 14-8, Kyle Farnsworth 18-13, Robinson Tejeda 5-4, Joakim Soria 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anthony Lerew 2-4, Kanekoa Texeira 1-2, Dusty Hughes 3-1, Victor Marte 1-0, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, Robinson Tejeda 1-1
Batters Faced - Anthony Lerew 17, Kanekoa Texeira 5, Dusty Hughes 7, Victor Marte 4, Kyle Farnsworth 6, Robinson Tejeda 2, Joakim Soria 3
Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF4110101 .257
Omar Vizquel, SS3121000 .254
   a- Brent Lillibridge, PH-SS1011000 .455
Alex Rios, CF3212112 .305
Carlos Quentin, DH4225002 .244
   b- Ramon Castro, PH-DH1000000 .302
Mark Kotsay, 1B5220010 .230
A.J. Pierzynski, C4120100 .247
Andruw Jones, RF4124010 .210
Dayan Viciedo, 3B5321003 .300
Gordon Beckham, 2B4231000 .216
Totals3815181533  
a-doubled for Vizquel in the 7th
b-fouled out for Quentin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brent Lillibridge (4, Farnsworth), A.J. Pierzynski (16, Soria), Dayan Viciedo (2, Farnsworth), Gordon Beckham (13, Farnsworth)
HR - Alex Rios (15, Lerew), Carlos Quentin 2 (19, Lerew, Marte), Andruw Jones (12, Lerew), Dayan Viciedo (2, Lerew)
SF - Omar Vizquel (3), Andruw Jones (2)
RBI - Omar Vizquel (15), Brent Lillibridge (10), Alex Rios 2 (49), Carlos Quentin 5 (61), Andruw Jones 4 (29), Dayan Viciedo (5), Gordon Beckham (22)
2-OUT RBI - Brent Lillibridge (4), Alex Rios 2 (22), Carlos Quentin (25), Andruw Jones 3 (11), Dayan Viciedo (2)
CS - Juan Pierre (11, 2nd base by Texeira/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
DP - Kotsay-Vizquel, Rios-Kotsay-Viciedo-Beckham, Beckham-Vizquel-Kotsay, Beckham-Vizquel-Kotsay
Chicago White Sox
Daniel Hudson 4655341 11.25
Tony Pena (W,3-1) 3300010 4.63
Scott Linebrink 1100000 4.91
Bobby Jenks 1000010 3.86
WP - Daniel Hudson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 74-45, Tony Pena 29-20, Scott Linebrink 18-12, Bobby Jenks 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 1-5, Tony Pena 4-2, Bobby Jenks 1-1
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 19, Tony Pena 10, Scott Linebrink 4, Bobby Jenks 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29040
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Greg Gibson