White Sox 6, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Craig Wilson hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and Chris Singleton greeted Jeff Montgomery with a three-run double, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Thursday night.
Kansas City’s bullpen failed to hold a lead for the second straight night, and the Royals lost for the fourth time in five games.
In losing two of three to the White Sox, Royals relievers allowed 10 runs, 14 hits and four walks in nine innings. Chicago has won 24 of its last 31 games at Kansas City.
With the score 2-all, Bill Pisciotta (0-1) relieved Mac Suzuki starting the seventh and gave up Jeff Liefer’s double and Wilson’s RBI single.
After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Montgomery came in to face Singleton, and the rookie drove his second pitch into the gap in left-center. On Wednesday, Singleton had four hits as the White Sox rallied for four runs in the eighth and went on to a 10-9, 10-inning win.
James Baldwin (4-8), who had lost his previous four decisions, improved to 5-0 at Kauffman Stadium, allowing two runs and seven hits in eight innings. Baldwin struck out seven and walked none, lowering his ERA from 6.51 to 6.14.
Keith Foulke finished with a hitless ninth.
Suzuki, making his first start since he was acquired from the New York Mets on June 18, gave up two runs and three hits in six innings.
Rookie Liu Rodriguez’s first career home run put Chicago ahead in the third, and the White Sox made it 2-0 in the fifth. With runners on first and second and two outs, Jeff Liefer walked on a wild 3-2 pitch in the dirt and Magglio Ordonez, running on the play from second, came around to score.
Jed Hansen homered in the fifth, and Mike Sweeney homered in the sixth, his third in four games.
Notes: Hansen, brought up from Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, got his first major league hit since Sept. 23, 1997, at Chicago. ... Joe Randa and Jeff Suppan were chosen player and pitcher of the month for Kansas City. Randa set a Royals record with 10 consecutive hits in June. ... The Royals went 9-18 last month, their worst June record since going 7-19 in 1970. ... The White Sox optioned right-hander John Snyder (7-6) to Triple-A Charlotte and purchased the contract of right-hander Pat Daneker from Double-A Birmingham. ... It could have been worse for Pisciotta. Carlos Lee singled leading off the seventh but was thrown out trying for a double. ... Johnny Damon went 0-for-4, stopping his 11-game hitting streak.