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White Sox triumph in final at-bat again

CHICAGO (AP) -- With one swing, Magglio Ordonez helped the
Chicago White Sox sweep a three-game series against the Kansas City
Royals.

Ordonez homered on an 0-2 slider from D.J. Carrasco with one out
in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the White Sox a 6-5 win
Thursday.

"I was looking to get a pitch to hit out of the park," Ordonez
said after his fourth homer of the year. "I made contact and I put
a good swing on it."

Did he ever. The ball sailed deep into the left-field bleachers
and gave the White Sox their third straight win over the Royals --
and second straight in their final at-bat.

In both games the White Sox blew three-run leads before pulling
out the win. On Wednesday, Chicago won 10-9 on Joe Crede's
bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth. This time, Chicago
blew a 5-2 lead before winning.

"I tell you what, thank God we don't have to play these guys
for a little while," White Sox first-year manager Ozzie Guillen
said. "They battle back."

Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer -- his first homer of the year --
and Aaron Rowand had his first homer for the White Sox, who scored
28 runs in the three-game series.

"We don't care what is going on when we get behind. We try our
best to come back and just win close ball games," Thomas said.
"We had a problem with that last year."

The White Sox have taken four of five from the Royals this
season.

Damaso Marte (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Carrasco is 1-1.

Chicago starter Mark Buehrle allowed five runs in six innings,
and couldn't hold a 5-2 lead. He gave up a two-run double to Benito
Santiago to cap a three-run sixth for the Royals that tied the
game.

Kansas City's Brian Anderson struggled for the third straight
start, allowing five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Anderson
has allowed five runs in all three of his starts.

Kansas City starters have yet to win a game this year, the
longest streak to start a season since 1992. Kansas City's starters
didn't gain a win until the 18th game of the '92 season.

"The starting pitching, we just need a little more
consistency," said Juan Gonzalez, who hit his first homer of the
season. "These last two days have been hard to take."

The White Sox took a 5-2 lead on Thomas' homer in the fifth,
just his second extra base hit of the season. Thomas is hitting
.226 on the season and has four RBI.

Guillen isn't worried about his slugger.

"The only thing I worry about with him is his attitude, and
he's been great," Guillen said. "I don't worry about what he can
do on the field."

Reliever Jason Grimsley pitched the Royals out of trouble in the
seventh with the score tied. After walks to Jose Valentin and
Ordonez, Grimsley struck out Thomas looking to end the threat.

Mike Sweeney was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Royals.

Juan Uribe, starting at second for the third straight game,
blooped a double down the right-field line to lead off the game for
the White Sox. He scored on Valentin's double to right.

Rowand's home run gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead.

Carlos Beltran lined a 1-1 pitch off the base of the left-field
foul pole for his third homer of the series. Beltran homered twice
in Wednesday's loss, and all four of his homers have come against
the White Sox.
^Notes:@ Reliever Mike Jackson, who was out of baseball last year,
threw two scoreless innings for the White Sox. He has yet to give
up a run in five innings pitched. ... Uribe started at second for
the White Sox for the third game in a row. Guillen said Willie
Harris is still his starting second baseman, but he wanted to keep
Uribe's hot bat in the lineup. .... Kansas City is expected to
activate starting pitcher Kevin Appier for Saturday's game against
Minnesota. ... It was a year ago Thursday when a fan came out of
the stands in a game with Kansas City and attacked first base
umpire Laz Diaz. It was the second on-field attack by a fan in as
many years with the Royals in town. ... The Royals and White Sox
don't play again until Aug. 3.