Series: Game 2 of 4

Chicago leads 2-0 (as of 9/10)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
Chicago 10Final
Kansas City 6
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
Chicago 12Final
Kansas City 4
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
Chicago 6Final
Kansas City 9
Game 4: Thursday, September 12
Chicago 5Final
Kansas City 1

White Sox 12

(71-74, 31-42 away)

Royals 4

(55-89, 33-40 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 10, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: M. Porzio (2-0)

    L: R. Hernandez (3-4)

    S: A. Osuna (10)

    Liefer's slam, Konerko's RBI mark highlight win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- This time of year, losing teams call up their young players and try to get a glimpse of the future.

    The Chicago White Sox might have something to look forward to.

    Jeff Liefer hit his first career grand slam, and Paul Konerko drove in three runs to reach 100 RBI as Chicago beat the Kansas City Royals 12-4 Tuesday night.

    ''I think it's important when you grow your own that you win some games in the process,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. ''That's what you want to get them comfortable with, the feeling and taste of winning at the big league level.''

    The Royals tied a club record with their eighth straight loss at home. Kansas City has also dropped eight in a row overall.

    Mike Porzio (2-0) pitched two innings of one-hit relief for the win. Antonio Osuna went three innings for his 10th save in 13 opportunities.

    Carlos Lee also drove in three runs for the White Sox. Liefer hit his slam off rookie Jeremy Affeldt in the ninth, and Konerko added an RBI double to give him a career-best 100 RBI.

    ''I was really pleased to be out there the night Paul gets 100 RBI,'' Porzio said. ''I'm glad I'm getting opportunities to pitch. ''I'm still kind of new at this level, still kind of trying to earn a job.''

    Porzio, recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 1, has allowed five earned runs over 22 1/3 innings.

    The Royals have lost eight home games in a row three times, most recently in 1991. While losing their last eight overall, the Royals have given up 89 runs.

    ''I'm tired of losing, like everyone else in here,'' Affeldt said. ''The whole thing is so frustrating. You come in and you can't help your team win.''

    Lee, who has reached base in 12 straight games, had a sacrifice fly in a three-run first inning and a two-run triple in the four-run seventh.

    AL batting leader Mike Sweeney went 2-for-5 with three RBI for the Royals, raising his average to .341. New York's Bernie Williams is second at .338.

    ''Every single day the last two weeks have been tough,'' Royals manager Tony Pena said.

    Runelvys Hernandez (3-4) is 0-3 in his last four starts. He went 6 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.

    Aaron Rowand homered leading off the Chicago seventh. Konerko later singled off reliever Jeremy Hill, and Lee made it 7-4 with a two-run triple.

    The first three Chicago batters reached in the first, on singles by Willie Harris and Jose Valentin and Frank Thomas' walk. Konerko had an RBI before Lee's sacrifice fly, then Joe Crede hit an RBI single.

    With two outs in the third, Sweeney doubled over the head of center fielder Rowand to make it 3-2.

    Sweeney's RBI single in the fifth tied it 3-all, and Joe Randa's grounder brought in Carlos Beltran to put the Royals up 4-3. It was Beltran's 100th run scored this year.

    Game notes

    Royals SS Neifi Perez said he was only joking Monday night when he refused Pena's request to go in as a late-inning defensive replacement. Pena refused to discuss it. ... The White Sox activated RHP Todd Ritchie from the 15-day DL and said he would be available Wednesday. ... Thomas has hit in 10 straight games. ... The Royals' two steals ran their AL-leading total to 125. ... Half of Rowand's six home runs have come against the Royals. ... The White Sox are 36-18 in Kansas City since 1995.

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