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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There was nobody White Sox manager Robin Ventura would rather have had at the plate with runners on the corners in the 14th inning than his gritty new third baseman.
Kevin Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly on the 14th pitch of his marathon at-bat, scoring Gordon Beckham and giving Chicago a 9-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals in a game that stretched into the wee hours of Saturday morning.
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"At some point you figure he's battling enough that he's going to be able to win that," Ventura said of Youkilis, who arrived in a trade with the Red Sox late last month. "He's the guy you want to have up there in that situation."
Youkilis earned the praise, but it was Beckham who got the winning rally going.
He drew a one-out walk off Everett Teaford (1-3), and Alejandro De Aza sent a single down the third-base line to put runners on the corners for Youkilis, who muscled a fly ball deep to center for what turned out to be his fifth game-winning hit in 14 games with the White Sox.
"We just kept battling back, and it was a pretty unbelievable game," Beckham said. "There were so many times I could see that game being over, but it just kept going."
Dylan Axelrod (1-2) worked around trouble in the 13th for Chicago, and then retired the side in the 14th to end a game that lasted 5 hours, 23 minutes.
"The offense did a great job of battling back. We had a couple of situations to put it away, but didn't," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Both teams burned through nine pitchers, setting a franchise record for the Royals. Teaford was scheduled to start Tuesday night before being pressed into relief duty.
Jeff Francoeur answered with a double of his own leading off the bottom of the inning, and after Brayan Pena grounded out, Lorenzo Cain singled to put runners on the corners. Alex Gordon sent a chopper up the middle that scored Francoeur and kept the game alive.
Of course, that was a microcosm of the entire back-and-forth affair.
Adam Dunn and Alex Rios homered to give Chicago a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Mike Moustakas homered to help the Royals score three times in the second, and Kansas City added two more runs in the fourth -- one coming on a homer by Francoeur down the third-base line.
The Royals were down to their final out in the eighth inning when Cain doubled and Gordon walked. Alcides Escobar came through with a clutch two-run triple.
Broxton, who seems to make every outing an adventure, gave up a single to Youkilis to start the ninth. Dunn and Paul Konerko walked to load the bases with no outs, and after Rios flied out to center, Pierzynski sent an RBI single to right field.
Francoeur came up throwing as pinch-runner Orlando Hudson tried to score. The throw was well up the first-base line, but it arrived in plenty of time for catcher Salvador Perez to lunge back across home and make the tag -- even though replays showed that Hudson may have been safe.
Ventura argued to no avail with plate umpire Chris Guccione.
The Royals put a runner aboard with one out in the 10th and couldn't get him home, and loaded the bases with one out in the 11th before Yuniesky Betancourt popped out and Moustakas grounded out to shortstop to keep the game going well into the night.
"It was crazy. You go back and forth, one team goes ahead, the other team goes ahead," Ventura said. "You don't necessarily expect that, but it happens."
|Kevin Youkilis watches his game-winning sac fly in the 14th inning for his eighth straight game with an RBI. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||6||0||1||0||2||2||1||.281|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||2||1||1||3||1||4||.261|
|Adam Dunn, DH||4||2||2||2||1||2||2||.212|
|Orlando Hudson, PR-DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.197|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||6||0||1||0||1||3||4||.325|
|Alex Rios, RF||7||1||2||1||0||1||6||.317|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||7||1||4||1||0||2||1||.292|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||5||1||2||3||1||0||3||.257|
|Jordan Danks, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||.364|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||7||0||2||0||0||1||3||.266|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||5||1||1||1||2||2||2||.243|
|2B - Alex Rios (20, Chen), A.J. Pierzynski (10, Teaford), Alexei Ramirez (13, Herrera), Gordon Beckham (15, Collins)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (26, Chen), Alex Rios (13, Chen), Dayan Viciedo (15, Chen)|
|SF - Kevin Youkilis (2)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis (29), Adam Dunn 2 (63), Alex Rios (50), A.J. Pierzynski (50), Dayan Viciedo 3 (42), Gordon Beckham (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (18), Dayan Viciedo 3 (18), Gordon Beckham (10)|
|SB - Alexei Ramirez (11, 2nd base off Chen/Perez)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|DP - Konerko, Beckham-Konerko|
|E - Leyson Septimo (1, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Brian Omogrosso (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.40|
|Matt Thornton (H,14)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||2.82|
|Nate Jones (BS,1)||0.2||2||2||2||1||1||0||3.43|
|Addison Reed (BS,2)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.22|
|Dylan Axelrod (W,1-2)||2||0||0||0||1||3||0||6.16|
|IBB - Hosmer by Jhan Marinez|
|WP - Jose Quintana 2 (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 108-68, Brian Omogrosso 12-8, Matt Thornton 11-8, Nate Jones 23-12, Leyson Septimo 14-10, Jhan Marinez 27-16, Hector Santiago 5-5, Addison Reed 19-14, Dylan Axelrod 31-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 7-4, Brian Omogrosso 1-2, Nate Jones 1-0, Jhan Marinez 2-2, Hector Santiago 1-0, Addison Reed 2-1, Dylan Axelrod 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 26, Brian Omogrosso 3, Matt Thornton 4, Nate Jones 5, Leyson Septimo 4, Jhan Marinez 8, Hector Santiago 1, Addison Reed 5, Dylan Axelrod 7|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||6||1||3||2||1||0||0||.278|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||5||0||2||3||1||0||2||.308|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||6||0||0||0||1||2||4||.227|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||2||0||1||2||1||.293|
|Jarrod Dyson, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||.245|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B||7||0||1||0||0||1||6||.238|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||7||1||1||1||0||4||7||.266|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||7||2||3||1||0||0||0||.255|
|Salvador Perez, C||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.385|
|Jason Bourgeois, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Brayan Pena, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.265|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||6||3||3||1||1||1||1||.238|
|2B - Jeff Francoeur (15, Reed), Salvador Perez (4, Quintana), Lorenzo Cain (1, Jones)|
|3B - Alcides Escobar (3, Jones)|
|HR - Mike Moustakas (16, Quintana), Jeff Francoeur (8, Quintana)|
|SH - Alcides Escobar (4)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (29), Alcides Escobar 3 (24), Mike Moustakas (48), Jeff Francoeur (26), Lorenzo Cain (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (6), Alcides Escobar 3 (13), Lorenzo Cain (1)|
|SB - Jarrod Dyson (16, 2nd base off Axelrod/Pierzynski)|
|PK - Jarrod Dyson (1, Septimo)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Lorenzo Cain 1, Jeff Francoeur 1|
|DP - Moustakas-Betancourt-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jonathan Broxton (BS,4)||1||2||1||1||2||0||0||2.20|
|Everett Teaford (L,1-3)||2||3||1||1||1||2||0||5.52|
|WP - Tim Collins (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 110-72, Kelvin Herrera 12-8, Jose Mijares 14-5, Aaron Crow 15-10, Greg Holland 13-10, Jonathan Broxton 17-7, Louis Coleman 34-24, Tim Collins 33-18, Everett Teaford 44-30|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 2-6, Jose Mijares 1-0, Aaron Crow 1-1, Greg Holland 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Louis Coleman 1-3, Everett Teaford 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 25, Kelvin Herrera 2, Jose Mijares 3, Aaron Crow 4, Greg Holland 3, Jonathan Broxton 6, Louis Coleman 7, Tim Collins 6, Everett Teaford 10|
|Attendance - 32744|
|Game Time - 5:23|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Bill Welke|