White Sox 9, Royals 2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Mark Buehrle pitched a four-hitter for his fourth complete game of the season, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Thursday night.

Buehrle (16-10) retired 18 straight after giving up two runs in the second inning. He struck out a season-high eight and walked none in handing the Royals their sixth consecutive loss.

Making his final start of 2004, Buehrle set the franchise record for innings pitched in a season with 245 1-3—a career high. He surpassed Bartolo Colon’s record of 242 established last year.

Aaron Rowand hit a three-run home run in a five-run eighth for Chicago. Jamie Burke and Willie Harris added RBI singles.

Joe Borchard broke a 2-all tie in the seventh with a solo home run to left-center field off reliever Shawn Camp (2-2), his eighth of the year. Juan Uribe went 3-for-5 with his 23rd homer and added an RBI single.

Chicago tied it at 2 in the fifth when Burke led off the inning with a walk, advanced on a throwing error by Chris George and scored on Uribe’s single. It was the 92nd unearned run of the season by Kansas City—tied for second in the American League coming into Thursday’s games with the Boston Red Sox.

The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on catcher Burke’s fielding error and an RBI-double by Desi Relaford.

Matt Stairs broke for home on John Buck’s slow grounder to third. The throw beat him home by several steps, but Burke couldn’t hang on to the ball. Calvin Pickering then singled and scored on Relaford’s double down the right-field line.

George, making an emergency start for injured left-hander Jimmy Gobble, went 4 2-3 innings. He allowed two runs—one earned—on four hits and one walk. Gobble was scratched from his start after an MRI revealed a problem in his lower back.

Notes

The White Sox activated left-hander Scott Schoeneweis from the 15-day disabled list. Schoeneweis, sidelined since Aug. 5 with inflammation in his left elbow, had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 13. … George allowed his first home run of the season in 40 2-3 innings. … Carlos Lee has not made an error in 145 games this season. … Buehrle has gone at least six innings in 28 consecutive starts.

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