White Sox 19, Royals 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Bartolo Colon had plenty of run support for his 100th career victory.
He did pretty well himself.
“Obviously, with a lot of offensive support, the pitch count was irrelevant,” said Chicago manager Jerry Manuel, who seems resigned to being fired after the season ends Sunday—despite a second-place finish in the AL Central.
The 19 runs were the most given up by the Royals this season—and the most ever scored by the White Sox against the Royals since Kansas City joined the American League as an expansion team in 1969.
The previous high in the series came in Chicago’s 16-2 win on April 20, 1973. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one RBI and scored at least once.
Crede doubled three times, a career high, and Everett matched his career high with four hits for the White Sox, whose 19 runs and 21 hits were both season highs. Willie Harris tied a career high with three hits.
The Royals will finish third in the division, one year after losing a franchise-record 100 games—and after leading the division by seven games at the All-Star Break this year.
“It’s disappointing,” manager Tony Pena said. “We played so hard and worked so hard all year, and we just came up short.”
Colon (15-13) retired the first 11 batters he faced before Mike Sweeney homered with two out in the fourth inning. Pinch hitter Mendy Lopez hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Kansas City, but that only cut Chicago’s lead to 15-3.
“He’s awesome,” Crede said. “He’s above and beyond your typical starting pitcher. His record doesn’t show that, but he’s a guy who’s going to go out there and give you a quality start every time.”
Colon walked one and struck out three in his ninth complete game of the season, a career best that tied him with Oakland’s Mark Mulder for the AL lead.
“When we scored those first runs, that kind of built my confidence,” Colon said through an interpreter, first base coach Rafael Santana. “That third inning made me feel a lot better.”
Jamey Wright (1-2) lasted only 2 2-3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. He also hit one batter.
“I couldn’t get my sister out,” said Wright, who had four walks and two strikeouts.
Everett’s RBI single gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the first inning, and he made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the third. After Brian Daubach’s RBI single, Crede chased Wright with a bases-loaded double for a 6-0 lead. Harris followed with a run-scoring single off Kris Wilson.
Royals outfielder Carlos Beltran left the game in the fourth inning with stiffness in his left knee. Pena said the move was precautionary, but he didnot know if Beltran would be able to play in Sunday’s season finale.
When Thomas walked in the second inning, it gave him 10 100-walk seasons. … David DeJesus, who replaced Beltran, tripled in the sixth inning for his first major-league hit. … The Royals have pinch-hit homers in their last two games. Mike DeFelice hit one in the ninth inning of Chicago’s 11-2 win on Friday. … Chicago’s seven doubles were the most since the White Sox hadseven on June 6, 2000 against Cincinnati.