Royals drop seventh in a row

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox are ending a
disappointing season on an encouraging note.

Jon Garland pitched six strong innings and Joe Crede had two
hits and an RBI on Friday night in a 4-2 victory over Kansas City
that clinched second place and a winning record for the White Sox.

"It means something to get a little momentum going into next
year," Crede said. "But last year we finished second and we had a
winning record and look where we ended up this year. It's a matter
of everybody staying healthy and everybody doing their job."

Chicago has won eight of 11.

The Royals have lost seven in a row and a franchise-record 103
for the year. They'll have to beat the White Sox at least once in
their final two games to avoid tying the 1964 Athletics for the
most losses in Kansas City's major league history.

"There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this year," said
Joe Randa, who had two hits. "The Royals are one of many clubs
that are going to have a lot of work to do in the offseason."

Garland (12-11) allowed two runs and five hits with three
strikeouts and three walks. He raised his career mark against
Kansas City to 10-4 and will finish a full major league season with
a winning record for the first time.

"I made all my starts and I got over 200 innings," Garland
said. "I think that's what I'm happiest with this year. To get 200
or more innings, you've got to be doing something right."

Jaime Cerda (1-4) relieved rookie Denny Bautista to start the
seventh and loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single
by Juan Uribe.

Matt Kinney came in and struck out Aaron Rowand, then threw a
wild pitch that scored Joe Borchard to put Chicago ahead 3-2.

After an intentional walk to Carlos Lee, Kinney walked Paul
Konerko on a 3-2 pitch to force in the fourth run and give Konerko
his 117th RBI of the season.

Shingo Takatsu got three outs for his 19th save in 20 chances.

Chicago improved to 82-78, three games ahead of third-place
Cleveland with two to play.

David DeJesus stretched his hitting streak to 13 games with a
double leading off the first for Kansas City. He later scored on
Calvin Pickering's grounder to second.

Lee's double started a two-out rally by the White Sox in the
sixth. Konerko followed with an RBI single, Ross Gload drew a walk,
and Crede doubled into left, scoring Konerko. Gload was out at the
plate on a strong relay from shortstop Angel Berroa.

The Royals tied it at 2 on Aberto Castillo's RBI single with two
out in the bottom of the sixth.

Bautista went six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits.
The rookie, who lost his first four major league starts, struck out
a career-high six.

"Today I was starting to feel good," Bautista said. "My
slider, my changeup. I had everything under control in the zone."

Game notes
DeJesus also had a 15-game hitting streak July 30-Aug. 15.
... The Royals, who stranded six runners in the first two innings
on Wednesday night, left five on base in the first two innings
against Garland. ... Garland's 33rd start tied a career high. ...
RHP Zack Greinke and 3B Joe Randa were named the Royals' pitcher
and player of the month for September. ... Gload singled with two
out in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14