There is just something about the KC Royals that gives the Chicago White Sox fits. For the fourth straight time, the Royals beat the first place White Sox, this time by a 9-4 final.
When Paul Konerko hit a two-run homerun off Bruce Chen in the top of the 6th inning (the one mistake Chen made all night) to cut the lead to 4-2, the Royals came right back with an Eric Hosmer solo homerun.
Chen allowed just five hits and walked one over six innings of work. He struck out five. 71 of his 98 pitches were strikes.
Adam Dunn hit his 400th career homerun off lefty reliever Tim Collins in the top of the 8th inning to cut the lead to 5-4, but the Royals tacked on four runs off reliever Brett Myers. That inning was capped by Mike Moustakas‘ two out, three-run homerun.
The middle of the Royals order (2-6) did the bulk of the damage. Alcides Escobar went 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Alex Gordon went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Moose went 2-for-4 with a run scored and four RBIs.
The Royals look to complete the sweep on Sunday, as they send Jeremy Guthrie to the mound to face rookie Jose Quintana.
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