Valentin, Konerko Erupt in 15-4 Royal Beating

(SN Report #590) - Paul Konerko and Jose Valentin drove in 11 runs combined, while Jon Garland settled down after giving up four runs in the first two innings as the White Sox topped the Royals for the second straight game, beating them 15-4.

The White Sox found themselves down 2-0 after the first and 4-1 after the second -- the runs coming on five hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a RBI-groundout. But managed to fight back in a big way, scoring five runs in the third to go up 6-4.

The Sox scored their first run on Valentin's first homer, coming in the second, and scored three of the five runs in the third on Valentin's second homer. Carlos Lee homered to leadoff the inning and Konerko hit a RBI-sacrifice fly, the first of six RBIs for him in the game.

Up 6-4, the White Sox never looked back, but foward, adding runs in every inning except the ninth. The runs in the fourth through sixth innings came on homers by Magglio Ordonez and Valentin, and a Konerko RBI-single.

Four batters after a RBI-single by Lee in the seventh, with the bases loaded, Konerko hit a grand slam to left-center. The call was delayed as the ball went in and out of the glove of centerfielder Carlos Beltran, who made a running jump at the wall.

Lee drove in his third run and the Sox' 15th in the eighth on a double. The inning started with a small confrontation between Miguel Olivo and Royals' catcher Mike DiFelice, who was apparently upset with Olivo for stealing second base in the seventh when the Sox were up 9-4. Olivo went 4-5.

Garland left the game after six innings. He struck out two, walked one and threw 98 pitches.

Newly acquired lefty Scott Schoeneweis threw a scoreless inning, as did Matt Ginter and Billy Koch.

Ordonez went 3-3 in the game with a double, a homer, four runs, one RBI and two walks. Ordonez is now batting .327 for the season. Roberto Alomar and Frank Thomas were the only two hitters in the lineup not to get a hit.

The final game of the series will be played Thursday at 7:05 p.m. CT, with Esteban Loaiza going up against Kyle Snyder. The game will be televised on WCIU.

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