Royals 4, White Sox 2
“I’m out there thinking, `First-pitch strike, first-pitch strike,”’ May said. “I made a couple of mistakes, but for the most part I stuck with that game plan.”
And it worked for May, who didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning in the Kansas City Royals’ 4-2 victory Wednesday night that ended a five-game losing streak.
Chicago committed three errors in losing for the 13th time in 17 games, and the crowd of 18,396 booed the White Sox throughout the game.
“I think the scoreboard watching has ended and I think it’s more about everybody trying to do their part to help us win games,” outfielder Aaron Rowand said. “It’s been tough lately.”
The White Sox couldn’t get anything going against May. Starting with a strikeout to end the first, May retired 11 straight, and Chicago didn’t get a hit until Carlos Lee doubled with two outs in the sixth.
The White Sox are 13-24 against left-handed starters.
“Every time we face a lefty we have a tough time, not just to score, but to get a hit,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
May left after giving up a hit and a walk to start the ninth.
Jaime Cerda relieved and walked Joe Borchard to load the bases. He then got Juan Uribe to pop out to short and gave up a sacrifice fly to Joe Crede before inducing Carl Everett to bounce back to the mound for his second save.
“It would’ve been easier on the heart to have a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth, but we’ll take it,” Mike Sweeney said. “Hopefully we can say we’re over a hill now, getting that 40th win. We’ve been trying for like a week. I think we got it last year in May.”
May (9-12) allowed four hits and two runs in eight-plus innings, striking out six and walking two. He gave up a sacrifice fly to Uribe in the seventh that made it 4-1.
The Royals took advantage of two White Sox errors in the third inning to go ahead 2-0.
Ruben Gotay hit an infield single that bounced a few feet from the plate. White Sox starter Mark Buehrle made an errant throw to first and Gotay advanced to second. Andres Blanco followed with an RBI single to right. Borchard’s throw sailed wide past catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. and Blanco advanced to second. David DeJesus drove in Blanco with a single to center.
Kansas City scored two more in the sixth. Joe Randa led off with a single and Sweeney hit the next pitch over the fence in right for a 4-0 lead. It was Sweeney’s 22nd homer.
Buehrle (10-6) pitched seven innings, giving up four runs—three earned— on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one. Buehrle has dropped his last three decisions and hasn’t earned a victory since July 21 at Cleveland when he tossed a two-hitter.
“I felt like I had better stuff than that game against Cleveland when I faced 27 guys,” Buehrle said. “A lot of stuff was working it was just one of those days where I made a few mistakes and they made me pay for it.”
The Royals ended an eight-game skid on the road. … Chicago 2B Willie Harris popped out in the first, snapping his streak of reaching base safely in nine straight plate appearances. … Before the game, the Royals recalled outfielder Aaron Guiel from Triple-A Omaha and placed outfielder Dee Brown on the 15-day disabled list with a left ribcage injury.