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.
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.
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.