5/13/2012 6:38:27 PM
Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Irving Falu and Alcides Escobar picked up an RBI
each in a six-run ninth for the Royals, who won by a 5-0 count on Saturday and
have taken four of five overall.
Luis Mendoza (2-2) worked 5 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and one run
with four strikeouts.
"I just went out there and threw...I have to build that confidence," said
Mendoza. "My last three appearances were good and helped built it up."
He was called upon since starter Danny Duffy left the game after recording
just two outs and facing three batters with elbow tightness.
"He (manager Ned Yost) did the right thing. I felt a little tightness in part
of my elbow. I'll get an MRI tomorrow to check it out, see what it is."
Paul Konerko knocked in the lone run for the White Sox, who had won three in a
row before dropping the final two this weekend.
Matt Thornton (1-3) was charged with the deciding run while retiring one
batter in the seventh inning.
Francoeur reached the seats in right with one out in the eighth for a 3-1
Jose Mijares, Greg Holland and Tim Collins managed to keep the ChiSox off the
board in the home half, as the latter induced an inning-ending groundout from
A.J. Pierzynski with two on. Kansas City then ripped the game open with six in
With the bases loaded thanks to a double and two walks, Escobar scored on a
passed ball. After Alex Gordon was given a free pass, Addison Reed hit Butler
to force in a run and Francoeur singled home Jarrod Dyson. Eric Stults got the
call but served up an RBI fielder's choice to Hosmer and back-to-back run-
scoring hits to Falu and Escobar to cap the scoring.
The Sox picked up a run in the third as Brent Lillibridge reached on an
infield hit, went to second on Adam Dunn's one-out walk and scored on a
Chicago starter Philip Humber rolled along until the seventh, when Escobar
walked with one out. Despite inducing a foul out by Humberto Quintero, he was
removed for Matt Thornton. who walked Dyson and uncorked a wild pitch to put
two runners in scoring position.
Giavotella brought both home with a pinch-hit double to right for a 2-1 game.
"I don't know if he's as sharp as he was in spring or in Seattle, but he was
able to find his spots, control, and throw all his pitches," said White Sox
manager Robin Ventura of his starter.
Kansas City has won four of its last six in Chicago...Humber allowed four hits
and one run, fanning seven and walking three, over 6 2/3 innings...Royals
infielder Mike Moustakas was out for the second straight game to rest his sore
left hamstring...Both teams are in action on Monday, as the Royals head to
Texas for two games, while the White Sox begin a two-game set against Detroit.