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White Sox rally from five-run deficit, hold off Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko simply scoffed when he was asked to summarize in a paragraph Monday night's wild 7-6 victory against the Kansas City Royals.

"I don't know if a paragraph is enough," he said.

Well, first came the five-run lead that the Royals established in the first inning. Then a frantic comeback by Chicago, capped by Konerko's two-run homer. And finally, clutch pitching by relievers Scott Downs and Jake Petricka to save the series-opening victory.

All in a nice, tidy paragraph.

"We got behind big early, like a lot of games here in the past," Konerko said. "But guys started taking pride in their at-bats and we started to chip away."

Alexei Ramirez had a home run and four RBI, and Dayan Viciedo went deep before Konerko -- starting in place of injured slugger Jose Abreu -- hit his go-ahead home run in the fifth.

Zach Putnam (2-0) worked two shutout innings in relief of Scott Carroll, and Ronald Belisario also threw two scoreless innings before Downs and Petricka bailed out Matt Lindstrom.

Lindstrom, normally the White Sox closer, gave up a leadoff single to Nori Aoki in the ninth, then appeared to step awkwardly fielding a sacrifice bunt by Alcides Escobar that resulted in an error. Downs entered and struck out Eric Hosmer, and then Petricka picked off pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson at second base before getting Billy Butler on a groundout for his first save.

"The bullpen was great. They just continue to shine," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who was still awaiting word after the game on the severity of Lindstrom's right ankle injury.

"It didn't look good," he said.

Jason Vargas (4-2) squandered the rare five-run lead the Royals' pop-gun offense gave him. He allowed all seven White Sox runs in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

"I don't get too mad about a lot of things, but given a five-run lead in the first inning and coughing it up halfway through the fifth inning -- that's not good enough to get it done," he said.

Carroll, who grew up just north of Kauffman Stadium in Liberty, Mo., had a rude homecoming for the White Sox. He allowed the first five batters he faced to reach base, failed to get an out on his first 30 pitches and trailed 5-0 by the second inning.

"I was making good pitches," he said, "and they were just finding holes."

The White Sox got three runs back in the third, when Ramirez hit a 2-2 pitch for his sixth home run, matching his total from last year. They got another back in the fourth, when Viciedo sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall to make it 5-4.

Kansas City scraped out a run in the bottom half on Hosmer's RBI single, but the White Sox completed their comeback during a messy fifth inning that ended with Vargas on the bench.

It began with a single by Adam Eaton and another by Gordon Beckham, who was thrown out trying to reach second. Ramirez made it 6-5 with a groundout, but apparently thought he was safe as he was tagged sliding past the bag. Replays showed he missed the base by about 2 feet.

It turned out to be a moot point. Adam Dunn walked moments later, and Konerko followed with Chicago's third home run in three innings, a two-run shot that gave the White Sox the lead.

That was it for Vargas, who had been on a roll coming into the game. He won his previous two starts and held high-powered Colorado to two runs in a 3-2 victory his last time out.

"It's just a tough one," Butler said. "We had that big first and then we tacked on a run and Konerko hits a home run to put them ahead. You feel like at that point, that's not going to win the game, that there is going to be more scoring. Give their bullpen credit, they came in and did a great job."

Notes

Abreu had an MRI that revealed no structural damage. Ventura characterized it as "good news." ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen (bulging disk) and White Sox LHP Chris Sale (left flexor muscle strain) plan to throw bullpen sessions Tuesday. ... Royals C Salvador Perez left in the eighth inning with a jammed right hand. He's expected to miss a couple days. ... RHP Yordano Ventura starts for Kansas City on Tuesday night. RHP Andre Rienzo pitches for Chicago.

 
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Jarrod Dyson gets picked off second base in the bottom of the ninth. Alexei Ramirez (left) and Marcus Semien run him down.  (USATSI)
Jarrod Dyson gets picked off second base in the bottom of the ninth. Alexei Ramirez (left) and Marcus Semien run him down. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF5210012 .271
Gordon Beckham, 2B4110100 .260
Alexei Ramirez, SS5124000 .322
Adam Dunn, 1B2110210 .250
Paul Konerko, DH4112013 .196
Dayan Viciedo, LF4121000 .297
   Alejandro De Aza, LF0000000 .188
Tyler Flowers, C4010011 .304
Moises Sierra, RF4010033 .183
Marcus Semien, 3B4010022 .213
Scott Carroll, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
Totals36711739  
Batting
HR - Alexei Ramirez (6, Vargas), Paul Konerko (2, Vargas), Dayan Viciedo (4, Vargas)
RBI - Alexei Ramirez 4 (32), Paul Konerko 2 (10), Dayan Viciedo (15)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko 2 (3)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Semien-Beckham-Dunn
E - Matt Lindstrom (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Carroll 4966320 6.49
Zach Putnam (W,2-0) 2000110 1.45
Ronald Belisario (H,5) 2000020 3.96
Matt Lindstrom 0100000 3.32
Scott Downs (H,3) 0.1000010 4.15
Jake Petricka (S,1) 0.2000000 1.85
HBP - Giavotella (by Scott Carroll)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Carroll 94-52, Zach Putnam 23-13, Ronald Belisario 21-16, Matt Lindstrom 4-3, Scott Downs 4-3, Jake Petricka 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Carroll 6-3, Zach Putnam 4-0, Ronald Belisario 2-2, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Jake Petricka 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Carroll 24, Zach Putnam 6, Ronald Belisario 6, Matt Lindstrom 2, Scott Downs 1, Jake Petricka 1
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5120000 .272
   Jarrod Dyson, PR0000000 .283
Alcides Escobar, SS4220020 .285
Eric Hosmer, 1B4123112 .292
Billy Butler, DH5131001 .252
Alex Gordon, LF2100201 .265
Salvador Perez, C4000005 .261
   Brett Hayes, C0000000 .000
Lorenzo Cain, CF4012010 .309
Mike Moustakas, 3B3000111 .153
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3000012 .176
Jason Vargas, P0000000 .000
   Louis Coleman, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
Totals34610646  
Batting
2B - Eric Hosmer (16, Carroll)
SH - Alcides Escobar (3)
RBI - Eric Hosmer 3 (21), Billy Butler (17), Lorenzo Cain 2 (12)
SB - Alcides Escobar (12, 2nd base off Carroll/Flowers)
CS - Jarrod Dyson (2, 3rd base by Petricka/Flowers), Johnny Giavotella (1, 2nd base by Carroll/Flowers)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lorenzo Cain 1
DP - Hosmer
E - Alcides Escobar (3, Throwing), Eric Hosmer (3, Dropped fly)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas (L,4-2) 4.2877263 3.76
Louis Coleman 1.1100000 4.97
Kelvin Herrera 1100100 1.27
Wade Davis 1100020 1.86
Tim Collins 1000010 6.75
WP - Wade Davis (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 82-53, Louis Coleman 12-11, Kelvin Herrera 11-5, Wade Davis 25-19, Tim Collins 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 5-2, Louis Coleman 2-2, Wade Davis 1-0, Tim Collins 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 23, Louis Coleman 5, Kelvin Herrera 4, Wade Davis 4, Tim Collins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16462
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Sean Barber, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Eric Cooper