Royals Swept By The White Sox

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White Sox Hits And Runs Are Season Highs For The Royals

The Royals gave up 15 hits and 18 runs to the White Sox on Sunday in the final game of their series sweep. Both those numbers are season highs for the Royals pitching and defense.

The previous high for runs was 13 by Texas back in May.

The previous high for hits was 15, which six different teams had done against the Royals.

The Sox were part of a four-homerun, seven-run third inning.

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Royals Swept By The White Sox

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and solo home run, and Andruw Jones added his 400th career homer, as the Chicago White Sox slugged their way to a 15-5 win over the Kansas City Royals.

The White Sox hit five home runs, four of which came against Royals starter Anthony Lerew (1-3). With Zack Greinke scratched from the start after experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder, Lerew took the mound and gave up eight runs on nine hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings.

Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo also homered off Lerew for Chicago, which has won eight in a row. The White Sox will go into the All-Star break in first place in the AL Central with a 49-38 record.

Jose Guillen went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Royals, who were swept in this three-game series and go into the break with a 39-49 record.

Mike Aviles got Kansas City on the scoreboard first, with a sacrifice fly in the second inning off White Sox starter Dan Hudson. However, Jones' sacrifice fly in the home half made it a 1-1 game, and Chicago scored seven runs in a homer-filled third inning to take control.

With a runner on first and two outs, Rios ripped a high-and-outside slider to center field for his 15th homer. Quentin followed with a solo blast to left to make it 4-1, and Mark Kotsay kept the inning going with a base hit.

After a coaching visit to the mound, A.J. Pierzynski walked, and Jones slugged a hanging breaking ball to left for the milestone home run. The rookie Viciedo then hit his second home run of the year to make it an 8-1 game and chase Lerew.

Guillen hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and the Royals rallied for two more runs in the fifth. A Mitch Maier single and Yuniesky Betancourt double put runners in scoring position for Scott Podsednik, whose base hit to right plated one run and forced a pitching change.

Tony Pena (3-1) entered and gave up an RBI single to Jason Kendall that brought the Royals within 8-5. But David DeJesus grounded into a double play and Billy Butler struck out to end the threat.

The White Sox got all those runs back in the sixth, which Viciedo began by reaching first on an error by Alberto Callaspo. Dusty Hughes gave up a single to Gordon Beckham and walked Juan Pierre before Omar Vizquel lofted a sacrifice fly.

Victor Marte entered to pitch for Kansas City but was ineffective. He walked Rios on five pitches before Quentin hit the first pitch, a down-and-in fastball, to left for a grand slam and 13-5 lead.

Run-scoring doubles from Beckham and pinch-hitter Brent Lillibridge in the seventh completed the scoring, while Pena pitched three scoreless innings for the victory.

Jones became the 46th player in baseball history to hit 400 career home runs...Quentin recorded his 10th career multi-homer game and fourth grand slam...White Sox starter Hudson gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in four-plus innings...Following the break, Chicago opens a 10-game road trip in Minnesota. The four-game series starts Thursday...Kansas City resumes play Friday with the opener of a three-game home series against Oakland.

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Andruw Jones Hits 400th Homerun Against The Royals

Man, has Andruw Jones been in the league for 15 years already?

Andruw Jones hit the 400th home run of his career in the third inning Sunday, launching a 1-2 pitch from the Kansas City Royals' Anthony Lerew into the White Sox's bullpen in left field.

For the Royals, however, it hasn't been a pretty day.

Jones' three-run shot was one of four home runs in a seven-run third inning for the White Sox. The four home runs tied a team record for most in an inning, the sixth time it has happened and first since Aug. 14, 2008, when they hit the four in succession against the Royals.

Jones is the second White Sox player to get to 400 (Frank Thomas) and is 46th on the all-time list.

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Royals P Greinke Scratched; Lerew Facing The White Sox

(Sports Network) - U.S. Cellular Field is the site of today's finale of a three-game set between the Kansas City Royals and hometown Chicago White Sox, who'll be taking aim at an eighth consecutive victory.

The White Sox kept up their red-hot ways with a 5-1 win over the Royals last night, with Carlos Quentin belting two home runs and Gavin Floyd pitching into the eighth inning.

Floyd (5-7) won his third straight start and was charged with six hits and a run allowed with one walk and four strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. Quentin hit a solo homer and a two-run shot, while newly-named All-Star Paul Konerko drove in a run and scored once in the win.

"We're cooking right now and hopefully we can take the game [Sunday] and go into the All-Star break on a high note," said Floyd.

Chicago's surge has brought the club within a half-game of first-place Detroit in the American League Central standings entering today's play.

"They're on a good roll right now," said Kansas City manager Ned Yost about Chicago. "The key to that is their starting pitching. You don't reel off as many wins as they have without good starting pitching."

David DeJesus drove in the lone run for the Royals, who have dropped the first two of this set after sweeping Seattle in three games during their previous series. Brian Bannister (7-7) went six innings for Kansas City and gave up five runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

With yesterday's victory, Chicago has taken the lead in the season series with Kansas City, having won six of the 11 matchups between the squads.

The Royals were slated to send out ace Zack Greinke for today's finale, but the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was scratched shortly before the game due to discomfort in his throwing shoulder. In his place will be Anthony Lerew, who'll be taking the hill for the first time since a rough July 4 outing against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Lerew surrendered a season-high six runs over five innings in the 11-0 loss to the Angels, which dropped the right-hander to 1-2 on the season and raised his earned run average to 5.24. He had pitched very well in a matchup with the White Sox prior to that start, holding Chicago to a run and three hits through six innings to lead Kansas City to a 3-1 triumph on June 28.

The 27-year-old has made four starts since being promoted from Triple-A Omaha in mid-June and has lost both his assignments on the road. In addition to Tuesday's setback in Anaheim, Lerew was reached for four runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 frames at Washington on June 22.

Because of the spot vacated by the injured Jake Peavy, Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen needed to choose a fifth starter to fill out his rotation. Rather than rely on a current member of the bullpen to start, the White Sox have chosen to call up top prospect Daniel Hudson from the minors. A 23-year-old righty, Hudson will make his season debut today, and he went 11-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Charlotte.

Hudson made six appearances for the White Sox last season, including a pair of starts, and went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He pitched 1 1/3 innings against Kansas City in 2009 and permitted one earned run.

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