White Sox 9, Royals 7

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—One more bullpen collapse, one more loss for the Kansas City Royals.

Twice in their two-game series with the Chicago White Sox, they took a lead into the late innings. Both times, the Royals’ relievers were anything but relief.

Brandon Duckworth gave up a tying solo home run in the eighth inning, Joakim Soria allowed a pair of ninth-inning runs on a throwing error and a wild pitch and Chicago won 9-7.

On Monday, the Royals’ bullpen gave up four runs in the last two innings of a 7-4 loss.

“We get close,” manager Buddy Bell said. “That’s the frustrating part.”

Boone Logan (1-0) got his first major league victory in Tuesday’s game, which started 1 hour and 45 minutes late because of rain and ended past midnight.

“It’s very exciting, something special,” Logan said. “Hopefully, it won’t be my last.”

With two outs in the ninth, Soria (1-1) walked Paul Konerko and gave up a single to A.J. Pierzynski. He got a glove on Pablo Ozuna’s infield single, but made a bad throw at first for an error that allowed Konerko to score with the go-ahead run.

Catcher John Buck defended Soria’s decision to try to throw Ozuna out.

“You can’t be afraid to make a play,” Buck said. “It’s a tough throw, but if he gets him, everyone says, `What an amazing play.”’

Pierzynski, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, took third on the error and scored on the wild pitch.

“I thought I had it,” Buck said, “but it went behind the hitter and I lost it for a split-second.”

Logan got two big outs, and Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Chicago overcame a 4-1 first-inning deficit to take a 6-4 lead in the sixth, then fell behind 7-6 in the seventh before coming right back to tie it in the eighth.

“A lot of good things happened,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “A lot of bad things happened. We lost the lead, but we never lost any confidence in the dugout.”

Emil Brown’s two-out double off Mike MacDougal capped Kansas City’s three-run seventh, but Joe Crede homered off Duckworth leading off the eighth.

“We were where we wanted to be,” Bell said. “Ducky just left a ball up.”

The Royals left two runners in scoring position in the eighth when Logan threw a called third strike past Mark Teahen.

“You’re always looking for a fastball,” Teahen said. “He threw seven curveballs in a row, so whatever. He made a good pitch.”

White Sox starter Javier Vazquez, who was trying for his first 3-0 start since 2000, gave up five runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.

Kansas City’s Brian Bannister, brought up from Triple-A Omaha before the game, made his first AL start and gave up four runs—three earned—and five hits in 4 1-3 innings. Bannister, traded by the New York Mets in December for reliever Ambiorix Burgos, gave up four doubles.

Bannister’s father, Floyd Bannister, was 16-14 for the Royals in 1988-89. The two are the third father-son combination in club history, behind Hal and Brian McRae and John and Dusty Wathan.

Konerko hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Ross Gload hit a two-run triple in the bottom half between RBI singles by Teahen and Alex Gordon.

Juan Uribe had a two-run, two-out double in the fourth, and Konerko chased Bannister with a tying single in the fifth. Darin Erstad put the White Sox ahead with a two-run, two-out double against Joel Peralta in the sixth, only to have Mark Grudzielanek hit an RBI double in the seventh off Matt Thornton and score on Teahen’s single.


Brown was a seventh-inning defensive replacement for Gload in left field. … Guillen held out DH Jim Thome, who had a sore muscle in his right ribcage. Thome strained the muscle Monday. … Thornton blew his third save in as many opportunities.

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