Series: Game 3 of 4

Chicago leads 2-1 (as of 9/11)

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 6

(71-75, 31-43 away)

Royals 9

(56-89, 34-40 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 11, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: D. May (4-9)

    L: M. Buehrle (17-11)

    Sweeney, Royals figure out Buehrle in win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Losses have been piling up so quickly for Kansas City, even the players lost count.

    Carlos Beltran

    Mike Sweeney

    Neither Mike Sweeney nor Carlos Beltran, who both homered in a 9-6 victory Wednesday night over Chicago, knew they were one defeat away from a home record nine in a row.

    "Whether we lose 99 or 100 or 89, it's still going to be a disappointing year for me,'' said Sweeney, the AL hitting leader who had a three-run homer in the eighth.

    Brandon Berger also had a two-run homer as the Royals snapped their eight-game losing skid. The victory was the first this month for the Royals and enabled them to avoid a team-record ninth straight home loss.

    "I didn't realize that before the game,'' Sweeney said. "I said, 'Man when's the last time we won a game?' One of the guys mentioned it was in Seattle. That's tough to swallow.''

    Beltran wasn't sure the Royals had lost eight in a row and eight straight at home either.

    "I didn't know that,'' said Beltran. "I know we lost like seven or eight games in a row. I'm glad today we won. We swung the bats well and went out there and won.''

    Chicago's loss reduced Minnesota's magic number for clinching the AL Central to three.

    Mark Buehrle (17-11) gave up six runs and 11 hits in six innings. He came in with a 5-1 record and 2.51 lifetime ERA against the Royals but failed to become the first White Sox left-hander in 17 years to win 18 games.

    "My last start, I was leaving my sinker up,'' Buehrle said. "This time I couldn't throw my sinker for a strike. It was sinking too much and they were laying off of it. So I went to my four-seamer and I was throwing it down the middle and they were hitting it.''

    Chicago's Aaron Rowand had a career-high four RBI on a two-run homer off Darrell May (4-9) and a two-run double off Jason Grimsley that made it 6-5 in the eighth.

    "Some at-bats I feel really good. Some at-bats, I don't,'' Rowand said. "I'm starting to hit the ball with authority, which is something I've been doing sporadically this season.''

    Sweeney connected off Matt Ginter with two out in the bottom of the eighth. He was 1-for-3 and stayed at .341 -- four points ahead of Boston's Manny Ramirez.

    May went six-plus innings for his first win as a starter in three months. The left-hander, who spent the previous four years in Japan, allowed three, four hits and three walks.

    Rowand chased May with a two-run homer that made it 6-3 in the seventh. Rowand has three hits off May and all are homers.

    Berger's two-run homer in the second was his fourth off Buehrle in 11 at-bats.

    Beltran's two-run shot made it 6-1 in the sixth. It was the 25th home run for the center fielder, who is hitting .463 in his last 11 games with four homers and 15 RBI in his last 11 games.

    The White Sox got a run in the fourth after Magglio Ordonez doubled and scored on and a throwing error by shortstop Angel Berroa.

    Joe Randa had a two-run double in the second for the Royals, who had lost five in a row to the White Sox. Jose Valentin led off the ninth with his 23rd homer of the year to round out Chicago's scoring.

    Game notes

    Ordonez moved past Albert Belle for fourth on the White Sox single-season list with 77 extra-base hits. It was also his 100th run. ... Todd Ritchie had a 1-0 count on Randa in the bottom of the seventh when 9:11 p.m. came and everyone paused to join in a moment of silence. ... Chicago OF Carlos Lee had a tooth removed on Wednesday and was not in the game. ... The last White Sox lefty with 18 wins was Britt Burns, who was 18-11 in 1985. ... Even though they won, the Royals' 56-89 record is still their worst ever after 145 games.

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