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Gotay powers Royals to rare win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Unaccustomed to hitting home runs, Ruben
Gotay was not sure if the ball was gone or not.

Then the rookie second baseman watched it sail over the fence
for his first major league home run -- just part of his four-RBI
night Saturday in Kansas City's 10-2 rout of the Chicago White Sox.

Gotay, one of several rookies auditioning for roster spots next
spring, also tripled to help the Royals snap a seven-game losing
streak.

Gotay tripled home two runs in a six-run second inning off Jason
Grilli (2-3) as the Royals took a 6-1 lead. Facing Arnie Munoz in
the fifth, he hit a 3-1 pitch over the fence in left for a two-run
shot.

"At first I saw the ball slowing down. Then I thought, 'OK, I
got it," said Gotay, who got a chance to play every day when Tony
Graffanino was injured in August.

He knows every base hit in these final games brings him closer
to an opportunity next spring.

"This means a lot to finish on a winning note," Gotay said.
"We young guys want to show them we can play. We want them to know
we can be on top for next year."

Calvin Pickering and Angel Berroa also homered for Kansas City,
which has already lost a franchise-record 103 games with one game
left.

Brian Anderson (6-12) pitched his second complete game of the
year, giving up seven hits and two runs, with one walk and four
strikeouts.

"My sinker was pretty good and I was confident I could throw it
at any time in the count and get ground balls," Anderson said.
"And I had a pretty good changeup, too."

Anderson recovered nicely after giving up a home run to Aaron
Rowand to start the game.

Grilli, another rookie trying to earn a closer look next spring,
went just 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on six hits, with five
walks and only two strikeouts.

"I hope that's not the impression they get, from this last
start," Grilli said. "Everything else has been fairly positive.
But am I happy with myself? No."

Jose Valentin hit his 30th homer leading off the fifth. The
White Sox, who have won six of their last eight against the Royals,
have hit 38 home runs against them this year in 18 games.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen sounded as though Grilli's stock
had not fallen far.

"It's not the way you want him to go out. But it's the first
time this season he's pitched poorly," Guillen said. "He's still
going to compete for a job in the rotation next spring. I think he
deserves it. He earned it."

Grilli walked Matt Stairs leading off the second and then
Pickering hit his seventh home run. After Grilli walked the bases
full, David DeJesus hit an RBI grounder.

Following Gotay's two-run triple, Joe Randa made it 6-1 with an
RBI single.

"When you're throwing to big league hitters and you're walking
them or falling behind in the count, that's what is going to
happen," Guillen said.

Berroa homered with one out in the fifth off Scott Schoeneweis.

DeJesus, who had three hits, singled ahead of Gotay's homer. The
Royals added a run in the seventh on DeJesus' RBI single.

Game notes
Chicago's Ross Gload was chosen AL rookie of the month for
September after hitting .403. He singled in the ninth to extend his
hitting streak to 15 games. ... RF Abraham Nunez made a spectacular
running catch of Joe Borchard's fly ball into the alley in the
second inning. ... It was the first time in eight games the Royals
scored more than two runs.