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Royals rout White Sox for fifth straight win

Jun 30, 2007 - 4:12 AM KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Brian Bannister pitched 6 1/3 strong innings and Esteban German and Shane Costa drove in two runs apiece as the Kansas City Royals posted their fifth consecutive victory Friday, an 8-1 triumph over the Chicago White Sox.

Bannister (5-4) allowed one run and four hits, walking four and striking out five in becoming just the second Royal since June 2003 to win five games in a single month. The righthander, who has won five of his last six starts, lowered his ERA in June to 2.77.

"Early in the game, I wasn't pitching to contact," Bannister said. "I just decided in the second inning to just bear down and pitch to contact, make the batters get aggressive, and it paid off me.

"I've been really working hard on a couple of pitches I could throw to lefties, especially a slider. I got (Jim) Thome out on it and a couple of other guys out on it."

Kansas City manager Buddy Bell was very impressed with Bannister's performance.

"Bannister was really good, except for the one inning when he got out of the zone and walked the bases loaded after a single," Bell said.

Zack Greinke relieved Bannister and allowed just one hit while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings for his first career save.

After the White Sox took a 1-0 lead on an RBI groundout by Juan Uribe in the second, German drove in the first of eight straight runs for the Royals with an infield single in the third. Costa ignited a two-run rally in the fourth with a one-out double and scored two batters later on Billy Butler's base hit.

Kansas City broke out for three more runs in the seventh to build a 6-1 cushion. German plated the first run of the frame with a single and Costa drove in the other two with a base hit of his own two batters afterward.

"It was good to see Shane get that," Royals third baseman Alex Gordon said. "In a lot of other parks, that's probably gone."

That hit ended the night for Jose Contreras (5-9), who yielded six runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Cuban righthander struck out three but walked three and hit a pair of batters.

"I didn't have the split do anything at all," Contreras said through an interpreter. "And when I got ahead in the count, I threw the ball right down the middle. Location has been a problem the last few starts."

The loss was Contreras' fifth in six decisions overall and third in a row against the Royals after winning his first seven vs. the club.

"Pitchers set the pace," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Bannister threw the ball really well. Contreras was cruising and got into trouble and couldn't get out of it. But when you score one run, you don't deserve to win many games."

Gordon went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Kansas City. He has raised his average from .187 to .240 since June 8, an increase of 53 points.

Rob Mackowiak collected two hits for the White Sox, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CHI WHITE SOX 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 2 x 8 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CHA - JOSE CONTRERAS, BOONE LOGAN (7TH), DAVID AARDSMA (8TH) AND
    A.J. PIERZYNSKI
    KAN - BRIAN BANNISTER, ZACK GREINKE (7TH) AND JOHN BUCK

    HOME RUNS: CHA - NONE
    KAN

    Jun 29 10:46 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED TONY PENA JR.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D DEJESUS ON SECOND, J GATHRIGHT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 8 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: E GERMAN (.254, 2-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 10:32 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TONY PENA JR SCORED BILLY BUTLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T PENA JR ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 7 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GATHRIGHT (.340, 1-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 10:30 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHANE COSTA SCORED DAVID DEJESUS AND ESTEBAN
    GERMAN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S COSTA ON FIRST, M TEAHEN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.240, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 10:13 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ESTEBAN GERMAN SCORED JOEY GATHRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E GERMAN ON SECOND, D DEJESUS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.290, 0-FOR-3)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 10:09 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOHN BUCK SCORED ALEX GORDON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B BUTLER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T PENA JR (.273, 1-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 9:21 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED SHANE COSTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUTLER ON FIRST, A GORDON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.251, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 9:20 PM


  • AL
    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ESTEBAN GERMAN SCORED TONY PENA JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E GERMAN ON FIRST, D DEJESUS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 1 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M TEAHEN (.292, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 8:59 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JUAN URIBE SCORED TADAHITO IGUCHI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J FIELDS ON SECOND, R MACKOWIAK ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CHI WHITE SOX 1
    KANSAS CITY 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CHI WHITE SOX: S PODSEDNIK (.279, 0-FOR-1)

    White Sox vs. RoyalsJun 29 8:35 PM