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White Sox 6, Royals 5

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox had a power surge on Saturday night.

But the offensive production in the 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals has been a rarity this season, and that was evident after the game when the team announced that hitting coach Jeff Manto had been fired.

The White Sox avoided 100 losses for the season with the win, but it wasn't enough to save Manto's job.

"Obviously, this has been a very disappointing season and one of the main areas of disappointment has been our offensive performance," general manager Rick Hahn said.

"We're at the bottom of several important categories, most importantly runs scored, walks and on-base percentage. It's our belief that the best way to continue to address some of those issues is to get a new voice in here to work with our hitters.

"We had a conversation with Jeff and we allowed him to choose whether he finished the season and had this announced on Monday. Jeff decided it was best for him to leave at the start of tonight's game."

Manager Robin Ventura said he fought for Manto to stay, but the decision to make the change wasn't his.

"As bad as this season has been, I don't want anyone to point the finger at him," Ventura said of Manto. "Having played and having the same thing as a player, there's responsibility all over the place."

The White Sox were a more potent offense on Saturday.

Adam Dunn and Conor Gillapie each hit two-run shots and Marcus Semien and Jordan Danks each added solo homers.

"Looking at last year, we hit a lot of home runs," Ventura said. "I think at periods we won more games because we got runs faster. Tonight was one of those nights. It was instant, for both teams. There was no manufacturing of runs. Last year, we had it. This year, we didn't have it as much."

It was an unseasonably warm night and the ball was flying out as if it was the middle of summer. All 11 runs came via the home run.

The White Sox opened the scoring with back-to-back homers from Semien and Danks in the bottom of the second inning for a 2-0 lead. It's the fourth time this season the White Sox have hit back-to-back homers.

Semien has only been with the White Sox a short time, but has a long history with Manto.

"I learned a lot from him," Semien said. "Even when I was in the minor leagues, he was our coordinator my first year. He taught me a lot about what to look for, what to do in certain situations. He's helped me become a smarter player."

The advantage grew to 4-0 when Dunn smashed a two-run shot in the third. It was Dunn's 34th homer on the season.

Those homers were surrendered by Royals starter Yordano Ventura (0-1), who allowed four runs and six hits in four innings.

White Sox starter Erik Johnson (3-2) didn't allow a hit through the first 4 1-3 innings.

Mike Moustakas then homered to right field with one out in the fifth inning. Then in the top of the sixth, Billy Butler hit a two-run shot to make it 4-3.

"This park is usually a good park to hit in if you get the ball in the air," Butler said. "Definitely in the (A.L.) Central it's the best park to hit in. You hit the ball in the air and you hit it good, it's going out."

The home runs continued in the bottom of the seventh when Gillaspie smacked the first pitch from left-handed reliever Tim Collins just over the right-field fence for a two-run homer and a 6-3 cushion. Salvador Perez got the runs right back with a two-run shot in the eighth.

White Sox closer Addison Reed worked a scoreless ninth for his 40th save.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Semien
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4000113 .265
   Chris Getz, PR0000000 .220
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5000031 .243
Eric Hosmer, 1B4110010 .302
Billy Butler, DH4222000 .291
Salvador Perez, C4122000 .289
Mike Moustakas, 3B3111100 .233
David Lough, RF3010022 .287
   a-Justin Maxwell, PH-RF1000000 .255
Alcides Escobar, SS4000013 .234
Jarrod Dyson, CF2000200 .258
Yordano Ventura, P0000000 .000
   Chris Dwyer, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
Totals3457548  
a-grounded out for Lough in the 8th
Batting
HR - Billy Butler (15, Johnson), Salvador Perez (12, Lindstrom), Mike Moustakas (12, Johnson)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (82), Salvador Perez 2 (77), Mike Moustakas (42)
SB - Chris Getz (16, 2nd base off Reed/Gonzalez), Jarrod Dyson (34, 2nd base off Johnson/Gonzalez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Ventura-Escobar-Hosmer
E - Emilio Bonifacio (10, Misplayed grounder), Mike Moustakas (16, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura (L,0-1) 4644123 3.52
Chris Dwyer 1000000 0.00
Louis Coleman 1.1011230 0.61
Tim Collins 0.1211011 3.54
Aaron Crow 1.1100020 3.38
WP - Aaron Crow (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 76-47, Chris Dwyer 12-8, Louis Coleman 27-13, Tim Collins 7-6, Aaron Crow 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 8-3, Chris Dwyer 1-2, Louis Coleman 1-0, Aaron Crow 1-0
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 20, Chris Dwyer 3, Louis Coleman 6, Tim Collins 3, Aaron Crow 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Leury Garcia, CF4000023 .198
Gordon Beckham, 2B3210103 .266
Conor Gillaspie, 3B-1B3112100 .247
Paul Konerko, 1B4000012 .245
   Alexei Ramirez, SS0000000 .282
Adam Dunn, DH4122000 .219
Avisail Garcia, RF4000001 .283
Marcus Semien, SS-3B4131010 .277
Jordan Danks, LF3111122 .236
Miguel Gonzalez, C4010021 .222
Erik Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Leesman, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   Donnie Veal, P0000000 .000
   Nate Jones, P0000000 .000
   Addison Reed, P0000000 .000
Totals3369638  
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (15, Collins), Marcus Semien (4, Ventura)
HR - Conor Gillaspie (13, Collins), Adam Dunn (34, Ventura), Marcus Semien (2, Ventura), Jordan Danks (5, Ventura)
RBI - Conor Gillaspie 2 (40), Adam Dunn 2 (86), Marcus Semien (7), Jordan Danks (12)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (43), Marcus Semien (3), Jordan Danks (7)
CS - Marcus Semien (2, 2nd base by Crow/Perez)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Erik Johnson (W,3-2) 5.1533342 3.25
Charlie Leesman (H,1) 0.1000010 7.04
Daniel Webb (H,1) 1.1000020 3.18
Matt Lindstrom (H,20) 0.1222001 3.12
Donnie Veal (H,13) 0.1000000 4.60
Nate Jones (H,16) 0.1000000 4.15
Addison Reed (S,40) 1000110 3.79
WP - Matt Lindstrom (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Erik Johnson 93-61, Charlie Leesman 6-4, Daniel Webb 18-10, Matt Lindstrom 6-3, Donnie Veal 1-1, Nate Jones 3-2, Addison Reed 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Johnson 7-5, Daniel Webb 2-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Nate Jones 1-0, Addison Reed 1-1
Batters Faced - Erik Johnson 24, Charlie Leesman 1, Daniel Webb 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Donnie Veal 1, Nate Jones 1, Addison Reed 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22235
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals