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ChiSox pull off two-out rally, beat Royals in 12

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Chicago White Sox committed four errors and were down three runs with two outs in the ninth, facing one of the hottest teams and one of the best closers in the majors.

So they put five straight men on base and wind up with a 12-inning, 10-7 victory Wednesday over the stunned Kansas City Royals.

"Crazy game. Very crazy game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Both sides. But thank God we win."

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Carlos Quentin had four hits, including a solo home run in the eighth and a two-run double in the ninth that capped a four-run uprising against Joakim Soria.

A two-time All-Star, Soria had never allowed four runs in a game in his five-year career, let alone four with two out in the ninth.

"I never thought this was going to happen ever, Soria give up that many runs with two out," Guillen said.

Neither did Ned Yost.

"Taking a three-run lead into the ninth, you feel pretty good every time Soria comes into the game," said the Royals manager. "He got two quick outs and then they just kept finding holes. They didn't really smash the ball. They just kept finding holes."

In the 12th, Brent Morel hit a two-run single off Sean O'Sullivan (0-1) for the go-ahead runs as the White Sox broke the Royals' four-game winning streak.

The energetic Royals were in position to improve to 5-1 after Soria retired the first two batters on easy grounders. But Alex Rios and Paul Konerko hit RBI singles and Quentin's two-run double capped a four-run comeback for a 7-6 lead that held up until Kila Ka'aihue's RBI double off Matt Thornton tied it 7-all and set up the Royals' third straight extra-inning game.

Quentin said the White Sox were fully aware of who they were facing in their improbable ninth-inning rally.

"You've got to look at it as the beauty of baseball," Quentin said. "Sometimes that happens. Guys will lock in. Pitches are made and swings are put on pitches that are proper swings. We're well aware of what Soria has done in his career. He's a quality pitcher and today we were fortunate enough to come back."

Soria may have been tired.

"In his defense and he'll never admit it, he's worked five of six days," said Yost.

Quentin doubled to start the 12th. After a bunt single and an intentional walk, Morel hit a two-run single and Juan Pierre added a sacrifice fly.

Winner Chris Sale (1-0) went two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.

The Royals had won their previous four games all in their final at-bat, and had their chances in this one, too. Kansas City had runners at first and second with one out in the ninth and didn't score, and put runners at the corners with one out in the 11th without getting a run.

Royals starter Jeff Francis had a six-hit shutout going until Ramon Castro homered on a 3-1 pitch with two outs in the seventh. Francis was lifted after Morel singled, and Pierre hit an RBI triple off rookie reliever Tim Collins.

White Sox starter Mark Buehrle went five innings and gave up five runs. He allowed eight hits and had two strikeouts.

Alex Gordon had an RBI double in the first inning and scored on Billy Butler's single for a 2-0 lead off Buehrle. Alcides Escobar's RBI double made it 3-0 in the fourth and was followed by Brayan Pena's RBI single and an RBI ground out by Mike Aviles.

Quentin homered off Robinson Tejada in the eighth.

With two outs in the Kansas City eighth, Chris Getz scored from first when left fielder Mark Teahen dropped Aviles'fly ball for the third Chicago error.

The White Sox stranded runners at first and third in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Notes

  • Chicago DH Adam Dunn underwent an emergency appendectomy Tuesday night and will be out about 5 days.
  • Teahen, formerly of the Royals, pinch hit in the eighth for Chicago and got a nice hand from the crowd. He flied out.
  • It was the fifth four-hit game for Quentin and his first since Aug. 5, 2008 against Detroit.
 
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Carlos Quentin helps the White Sox to the extra-innings win with four hits, including a solo home run and a key double. (Getty Images)
Carlos Quentin helps the White Sox to the extra-innings win with four hits, including a solo home run and a key double. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Quentin
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
Kansas City

A. Escobar
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, DH6132011 .304
Gordon Beckham, 2B5100214 .364
Alex Rios, CF6121000 .167
Paul Konerko, 1B5021012 .333
    Brent Lillibridge, PR-LF1100000 .000
Carlos Quentin, RF6243003 .500
Alexei Ramirez, SS6130013 .261
Lastings Milledge, LF3000011 .250
   a- Mark Teahen, PH-LF^1B2000102 .250
Ramon Castro, C3121000 .400
   b- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C1100100 .316
Brent Morel, 3B6122012 .300
Totals5010181046  
a-flied out for Milledge in the 8th
b-grounded out for Castro in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (1, Collins), Carlos Quentin 2 (5, Soria, O'Sullivan)
HR - Carlos Quentin (2, Tejeda), Ramon Castro (1, Francis)
SF - Juan Pierre (1)
SH - A.J. Pierzynski (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (3), Alex Rios (1), Paul Konerko (7), Carlos Quentin 3 (10), Ramon Castro (1), Brent Morel 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (2), Alex Rios (1), Paul Konerko (2), Carlos Quentin 3 (6), Ramon Castro (1)
SB - Juan Pierre (2, 3rd base off Collins/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, Morel-Beckham-Konerko
E - Paul Konerko (1, Throwing), Brent Morel (3, Misplayed grounder), Alexei Ramirez (1, Misplayed grounder), Mark Teahen (1, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle 5855220 7.36
Philip Humber 2100100 9.00
Will Ohman 1110100 18.00
Matt Thornton (BS,1) 2211110 3.38
Chris Sale (W,1-0) 2100020 4.15
IBB - Butler by Mark Buehrle, Francoeur by Matt Thornton
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 86-52, Philip Humber 39-23, Will Ohman 17-8, Matt Thornton 34-23, Chris Sale 32-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-3, Philip Humber 2-5, Will Ohman 2-1, Matt Thornton 5-0, Chris Sale 5-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 24, Philip Humber 9, Will Ohman 5, Matt Thornton 9, Chris Sale 8
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, 3B7001001 .115
Melky Cabrera, CF6120002 .290
Alex Gordon, LF5121121 .379
Billy Butler, DH3021201 .364
    Jarrod Dyson, PR-DH0100000 .000
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B6011014 .174
Jeff Francoeur, RF5110117 .296
Alcides Escobar, SS6121003 .214
Brayan Pena, C6121003 .385
Chris Getz, 2B5110111 .316
Totals49713655  
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (1, Buehrle), Alex Gordon (5, Buehrle), Kila Ka'aihue (2, Thornton), Alcides Escobar (1, Buehrle)
SH - Jarrod Dyson (1)
RBI - Mike Aviles (2), Alex Gordon (4), Billy Butler (4), Kila Ka'aihue (4), Alcides Escobar (2), Brayan Pena (1)
SB - Jarrod Dyson (3, 2nd base off Thornton/Pierzynski), Chris Getz (2, 2nd base off Humber/Castro)
PK - Mike Aviles (1, Buehrle)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1
DP - Francis-Getz-Ka'aihue
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis 6.2822141 1.98
Tim Collins 0.1100000 0.00
Robinson Tejeda (H,1) 1211001 4.50
Joakim Soria (BS,1) 1444100 7.20
Jeremy Jeffress 1000120 3.38
Sean O'Sullivan (L,0-1) 2333100 11.25
IBB - Pierzynski by Sean O'Sullivan
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 97-61, Tim Collins 6-5, Robinson Tejeda 12-11, Joakim Soria 27-20, Jeremy Jeffress 15-8, Sean O'Sullivan 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 7-7, Tim Collins 1-0, Robinson Tejeda 1-2, Joakim Soria 2-1, Jeremy Jeffress 1-0, Sean O'Sullivan 4-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 27, Tim Collins 2, Robinson Tejeda 5, Joakim Soria 8, Jeremy Jeffress 4, Sean O'Sullivan 10
Game Information
Attendance - 13360
Game Time - 3:41
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight