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Betancourt plays hero as Royals top ChiSox in 11

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ned Yost is not only a manager, but a prophet.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, then delivered a two-out single in the 11th that gave the Kansas City Royals a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday night.

With a runner on second in the 11th and Willie Bloomquist at the plate, Yost turned to Royals bench coach John Gibbons and made a prediction.

"I just told Gibby when Willie was up there if we can find some way to get Yuney up to the plate this inning, I think something good will happen," Yost said. "Sure enough I was a fortune teller. He's hot as a fire cracker."

Betancourt's third grand slam of the season tied a Royals record set by Danny Tartabull in 1988. Betancourt and Alex Rodriguez are the only major leaguers with three slams this season.

Wilson Betemit drew a leadoff walk from rookie Chris Sale (0-1) in the 11th, moved up on Alex Gordon's sacrifice and stopped at third on Mike Aviles' two-out single. Betancourt's single to center won it.

"He's has been carrying us the past couple of weeks," catcher Jason Kendall said.

Jesse Chavez (2-1), the fourth Kansas City pitcher, worked two scoreless innings to earn the victory.

White Sox starter Freddy Garcia held the Royals to four hits and one run -- Betemit's leadoff homer in the fifth -- through six innings.

In the seventh, Garcia walked Billy Butler and gave up two-out singles to Willie Bloomquist and Aviles. Sergio Santos relieved Garcia and gave up Betancourt's grand slam on his second pitch.

"Our bullpen doesn't like Freddy," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's been pitching well the last couple of outings and we blow the game for him. It seems like the like couple of weeks we've been losing the game late."

The White Sox threatened in the 10th, but pinch-runner Brent Lillibridge was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Carlos Quentin's double to right-center.

"Kendall made a great play on that ball," Yost said. "It short-hopped, he picked it and made the play. It was as good as you'll see."

Royals right-hander Philip Humber, making his first big league start since Sept. 26, 2007, with the New York Mets, allowed five runs on nine hits, while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.

Humber had not pitched since a relief appearance on Aug. 10. He was primarily a starter this season with Triple-A Omaha.

Juan Pierre, who leads the majors with 49 stolen bases, led off the White Sox third with an infield single, swiped second and scored on Omar Vizquel's single. The White Sox made it 2-1 in the fifth when Pierre's single scored A.J. Pierzynski.

The White Sox upped their lead to 5-1 in the sixth with Gordon Beckham driving in two runs with a two-out single.

Notes

  • Royals RHP Luke Hochevar, on the disabled list with an elbow strain, threw 25 pitches in batting practice Saturday. He is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Aug. 28.
  • Royals RHP Brian Bannister is scheduled to throw two innings, a 25 pitch-limit, on Monday for Triple-A Omaha. Bannister is on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis.
  • RHP Gil Meche, on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, threw a scoreless inning to begin a rehab assignment with Omaha.
  • White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen opted against bringing back RHP Edwin Jackson, who threw seven pitches Friday before the game was rained out, to start the second game of the doubleheader. "He wanted to go, but the smartest thing is not to pitch him," Guillen said. "I'd rather lose a game than lose a pitcher. I'm not going to risk a career or a year just cause we want to win a game.
 
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Yuniesky Betancourt hammers the ball a long way for his third grand slam of the season. (AP)
Yuniesky Betancourt hammers the ball a long way for his third grand slam of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

Y. Betancourt
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF5121001 .278
Omar Vizquel, 3B4031100 .297
Alex Rios, CF5000034 .290
Paul Konerko, 1B5120001 .309
    Brent Lillibridge, PR0000000 .286
    Mark Kotsay, 1B0000000 .233
Carlos Quentin, RF5010014 .234
Mark Teahen, DH5000034 .259
Alexei Ramirez, SS5110010 .292
A.J. Pierzynski, C5221010 .245
Gordon Beckham, 2B5012001 .251
Totals44512519  
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (20, J. Chavez)
RBI - Juan Pierre (32), Omar Vizquel (23), A.J. Pierzynski (39), Gordon Beckham 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (11), A.J. Pierzynski (19), Gordon Beckham 2 (15)
SB - Juan Pierre (49, 2nd base off Humber/Kendall), A.J. Pierzynski (3, 3rd base off Humber/Kendall)
CS - Omar Vizquel (5, 2nd base by Soria/Kendall)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Garcia-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia 6.2644141 5.08
Sergio Santos (BS,2) 2311121 1.74
Chris Sale (L,0-1) 1.2011120 1.42
Bobby Jenks 0.1200010 4.81
IBB - Betemit by Sergio Santos
WP - Freddy Garcia (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 99-64, Sergio Santos 29-18, Chris Sale 21-14, Bobby Jenks 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 9-6, Sergio Santos 2-2, Chris Sale 2-1
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 26, Sergio Santos 10, Chris Sale 6, Bobby Jenks 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, CF5010032 .289
Jason Kendall, C5020011 .259
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B4000003 .161
   a- Jai Miller, PH-RF1000000 .000
Billy Butler, DH4100101 .309
Wilson Betemit, 3B-1B3211211 .340
Alex Gordon, LF4000023 .228
Willie Bloomquist, RF-3B5110011 .246
Mike Aviles, 2B5130010 .296
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5135000 .271
Totals41611639  
a-flied out for Ka'aihue in the 10th
Batting
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (24, Santos)
HR - Wilson Betemit (7, Garcia), Yuniesky Betancourt (13, Santos)
SH - Alex Gordon (1)
RBI - Wilson Betemit (23), Yuniesky Betancourt 5 (60)
2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 5 (27)
SB - Jason Kendall (11, 2nd base off Santos/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willie Bloomquist 1
E - Wilson Betemit (5, Misplayed grounder), Jason Kendall (13, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber 5.2955060 5.87
Dusty Hughes 2.1000110 4.57
Joakim Soria 1100000 1.90
Jesse Chavez (W,5-3) 2200020 4.98
WP - Philip Humber (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 101-69, Dusty Hughes 27-15, Joakim Soria 16-11, Jesse Chavez 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 4-8, Dusty Hughes 3-3, Joakim Soria 2-0, Jesse Chavez 2-1
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 27, Dusty Hughes 8, Joakim Soria 3, Jesse Chavez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez