Sox Close Gap With 9-6 Win Over Royals

(SN Report #589) - The White Sox moved to within three games of the first-place Royals and four games over .500 on Tuesday as they took game one of a three-game series, winning 9-6.

Mark Buehrle won his seventh straight decision, allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings. Buehrle struck out three, walked none and threw 106 pitches.

Buehrle was pulled with two men on and up 8-3. Damaso Marte ended the inning. The lead, which expanded to 9-3 on a Tony Graffanino RBI-double in the eighth, was cut in half when Angel Berroa hit a three-run homer off Rick White. Kelly Wunsch recorded the final out in the eighth and Tom Gordon picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.

The Royals had early the lead in the game, up 2-0 after three innings. They scored both runs in the third on an Aaron Guiel RBI-groundout and Joe Randa RBI-infield-single off the glove of a diving Roberto Alomar.

The Sox took over the rest of the way, hitting four homers total. Paul Konerko had the first one, a two-run shot, which tied the game up at 2-2 in the fourth. Joe Crede followed that up with a homer of his own, giving the Sox the 3-2 lead.

Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run shot in the fifth, putting the Sox up 5-2, and Tony Graffanino started off a three-run seventh with a solo homer. Ordonez doubled in the seventh, while Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly for the eighth run. Graffanino drove in the final run with a RBI-double in the eighth.

Game two will be played on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. CT, with Jon Garland going up against Runelvys Hernandez. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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