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White-hot White Sox edge Royals to extend streak

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox love one-run games this
year.

Paul Konerko homered for their fourth straight game, and the
Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Wednesday night
to extend their winning streak to seven.

"You just don't think it's going to be a one-run game every
night but like I said, whether it's us coming from behind and
winning by a run or losing by a run, whatever it is, it just comes
down to the end every time," Konerko said.

Chicago is now 30-15 in one-run games, the most one-run wins in
the American League.

Konerko hit his 36th homer of the season off Mike Wood (4-6) in
the third inning. He has a 12-game hitting streak.

"I threw that pitch down and away, and I think it caught too
much of the plate," Wood said. "He owns this park."

Chicago improved to a season-high 36 games over .500 at 87-51

"I think they're tough when you're playing them, but they're
good because you get in these games and you think you have the edge
always, when you have a good record in those games," Konerko said.
"Maybe we'll need that down the road, that little confidence might
pay off later on."

Jose Contreras (11-7) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing
six hits in 7 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and five walks, one
of them intentional. He is 7-2 with a 3.34 ERA since the All-Star
break.

"We had chances against a good pitcher and you have to take
advantage of at least one of those situations and we didn't do
that," Royals manager Buddy Bell said.

Contreras gave up six hits and four walks in his first five
innings, then allowed one runner over the next 2 2-3 innings. He
was pulled after walking Mark Teahen with two outs in the eighth.

"He throws strikes and was not afraid to use his fastball,"
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's got great stuff and
he's got to believe he can use it and he's doing it right now."

Bobby Jenks got the final out of the inning and the first out of
the ninth before giving way to Damaso Marte who hit Matt Stairs and
Aaron Guiel with pitches. Guillen was booed when he pulled Jenks.

"That kid got two big outs," Guillen said. "The one I was
concerned with was Stairs. With Stairs coming up, I had to bring my
best lefty up out of the bullpen. ... If I knew this guy was going
to hit two guys, I'm not going to bring him in to pitch."

Dustin Hermanson finished for his 34th save in 37 chances,
completing the six-hitter by retiring Mike Sweeney on a game-ending
popup with runners at the corners.

Kansas City has lost five of six overall, and 16 of its last 18
road games.

Contreras' three-game streak of not allowing a walk ended in the
first inning when he put Terrence Long on with two outs.

Kansas City loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth after
Contreras' error on a pickoff throw at second and an intentional
walk to Guiel. He then struck out rookie Andres Blanco, playing in
just his second big league game, with a nasty split-finger
fastball.

Chicago, which also had six hits, stranded Juan Uribe at third
base in the fourth inning when Scott Podsednik grounded out, and
Carl Everett at third base in the fifth when Aaron Rowand flied out
and Jermaine Dye struck out. The team went 0-for-8 with runners in
scoring position.

Wood gave up six hits, five walks and a hit batter in 6 1-3
innings.

"They've hit me around in the past," Wood said. "It was a
good feeling to come out there and get out of some jams."

Game notes
Rowand was announced as Chicago's for the Roberto Clemente
Award, which honors community service. The winner will be announced
during the World Series. ... Uribe just missed homering in his
third straight game, when a hit in the fourth inning bounced off
the top of the left field wall and fell back on the field for a
triple. ... The announced attendance was just 18,513, the second
straight game it was under 20,000. ... The White Sox are 15-6 in
one-run games at home. ... This is the third time in his career
that Contreras has won four straight starts. ... Dye had his ninth
outfield assist in the fifth.