Kansas City (56-95) at Chicago (76-75)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 23, 2004
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After a strong start in Chicago, Jose Contreras is experiencing the same problems he had in New York.

The Cuban right-hander hopes to avoid his fourth straight loss as the White Sox begin a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

Acquired from the Yankees on July 31 for All-Star right-hander Esteban Loaiza, Contreras went 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA in his first six starts for Chicago. However, he has looked much like the pitcher who struggled through his first 1 1/2 big league seasons in New York of late, going 0-3 record with a 12.17 ERA in his last four outings.

His worst start during the stretch was a 10-7 loss to Texas on Sept. 7, when he allowed eight runs in just 1 2-3 innings.

Contreras showed signs of righting himself Saturday, when he yielded four runs and six hits over seven innings in Chicago’s 9-8, 12-inning win over Detroit.

“He commanded the ball better tonight,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Contreras.

The White Sox have won four of five since a five-game losing streak, including Wednesday’s 7-6 win victory over the playoff-bound Minnesota Twins.

Paul Konerko hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning for the White Sox.

The Royals have won four of six, including Wednesday’s 7-6 victory in the finale of a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Ruben Gotay delivered a run-scoring groundout in the 10th to win it for the Royals, owners of the worst record in the American League.

Kansas City starter Darrell May didn’t figure in the decision and remains one loss away from tying Paul Splittorf’s team record of 19 set in 1974. May (9-18) gave up five runs and eight hits over six innings.

“Fortunately we scored more than they did,” May said. “The team won, and that’s all that matters.”

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3-8 Record 13-9
5.94 ERA 5.50
54 K 150
28 BB 84
1.40 WHIP 1.47