Kansas City (25-44) at Chicago (47-22)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 21, 2005
  • TV: RTN, CSN
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Hoping to rebound from a shaky outing, Jon Garland will try to become the first 12-game winner in the majors when the Chicago White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals in search of their sixth straight victory.

Although he got roughed up in a 12-6 win over Arizona on Wednesday, Garland won his third straight start, leaving him 11-2 with a 3.61 ERA. The only other pitcher in the majors with 11 wins is Florida’s Dontrelle Willis.

Against Arizona, Garland gave up six earned runs and six hits with three walks and four strikeouts over six innings. He lasted just long enough to take advantage of Chicago’s 10-run sixth inning.

“Early this year when I had been missing I had been missing away from the plate, today I missed over the plate with a lot of stuff. They got me,” said Garland, who gave up a season-high three home runs.

On Monday, Paul Konerko, Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye homered, and A.J. Pierzynski had a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning to lead the White Sox to an 11-8 victory in the series opener

The White Sox won their fifth straight despite blowing a 7-3 lead.

Konerko hit a three-run homer in the first, Thomas had a solo shot in the third and Dye led off the fifth with a home run. But the Royals tied it at 8 on back-to-back home runs by John Buck and Ruben Gotay in the sixth.

Brandon McCarthy got the start in place of Orlando Hernandez, who went on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. McCarthy allowed six runs and seven hits over 4 2-3 innings.

Mark Teahen drove in three runs for the last-place Royals, who came into the game having won six of eight.

The Royals have dropped eight straight to the White Sox, dating to last season.

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Z. Greinke LAD vs. J. Garland Col
5-17 Record 18-10
5.80 ERA 3.50
114 K 115
53 BB 47
1.56 WHIP 1.17