<
>

Crede, White Sox need 10 innings to dispatch Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The crowd of 11,609 at Kauffman Stadium
on Tuesday night included a personal cheering section for Chicago
White Sox third baseman Joe Crede.

Crede is from Westphalia, Mo., about 175 miles east of Kansas
City, and many of the hometown folks show up when the White Sox
play the Royals.

He certainly gave them a thrill.

Crede went 4-for-5 with a homer and singled in the go-ahead run
in a three-run 10th inning Tuesday night, sending Chicago to a 7-5
victory.

Sandy Alomar also drove in two runs and Crede scored three times
for the White Sox, who got a solid start from struggling lefty Mark
Buehrle.

Crede is hitting .381 with four home runs and 13 RBI against
the Royals this season.

"There's a few people that came up from my hometown. It's
always fun to play in front of them and to have a lot of fans. It's
good to see family and friends supporting you from back home," he
said. "I don't know what it is, whether it is family or friends. I
like the hitting background here. I see better here than most
ballparks where you always have the scoreboard or something else
out in center field. If I knew what it was, I'd take it to every
ballpark."

Reggie Sanders and Angel Berroa homered for Kansas City.

Scott Podsednik led off the 10th with a walk, moved to second on
a balk by Ambiorix Burgos (2-4) and scored on Crede's single up the
middle. Crede came around on Ross Gload's two-out double, and Brian
Anderson added an RBI single.

Crede homered leading off the fourth against Odalis Perez to tie
the score at 1. Crede, who also homered on Monday, has connected in
consecutive games four times this season. He set a career high with
his 23rd home run.

"I wouldn't say it means as much as a win means tonight,"
Crede said. "I put personal goals aside for the team. Last year I
felt like I hit .300 and 30 home runs, winning the World Series.
Everything kind of falls at the wayside when you win."

Crede's four-hit game matched his career high and was his third
of the season.

David Riske (1-2) induced a double-play grounder to get the
White Sox out of a jam in the eighth and struck out the side in the
ninth. Bobby Jenks allowed a solo homer to Berroa before finishing
for his 29th save in 31 opportunities.

Mark Teahen's double off left-hander Matt Thornton, the fourth
White Sox pitcher, scored David DeJesus and Mark Grudzielanek in
the eighth to tie the score at 4. After Sanders' single moved
Teahen to third, Riske replaced Thornton and on his first pitch got
Emil Brown to ground into an inning-ending double play.

"I had a feeling he was going to be very aggressive with a guy
on third," Riske said. "I threw him a splitter and got him to
roll over and that was huge."

Teahen, who had three hits, was stranded on third.

"We were hoping to get something in the air, something other
than that," Royals manager Buddy Bell said.

Buehrle, who was 0-5 with an 11.48 ERA in five July starts, went
six innings and allowed two runs and four hits. Buehrle, who
retired his final 10 batters, left with a 3-2 lead.

"It's just one start, but going into my next start I've got a
little confidence going," Buehrle said. "Even though I pitched
good, now I've still got to go out and still work on some stuff."

The White Sox broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth. Paul Konerko was hit
by Scott Dohmann's pitch to start the inning, stopped at third on
Crede's double and scored on Alex Cintron's single. Konerko left
the game with a bruise above his left elbow and was taken for
X-rays.

Dohmann, obtained in a four-player trade on Monday with
Colorado, made his Royals debut, allowing one run and three hits in
1 1-3 innings.

Perez, making his first start for the Royals since being
acquired July 25 in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, went four
innings and allowed two runs and three hits. He struck out four and
walked two. Perez, who threw 69 pitches, was on a pitch limit. He
had not thrown more than 41 pitches in five relief appearances for
the Dodgers in July, and his previous start was June 28 at
Minnesota.

The Royals went up 2-0 in the first on Sanders' 10th home run
after Teahen singled. Sanders, who homered in his first at-bat
since coming off the disabled list on Monday, is the only active
player to have double-figure home runs in the past 15 seasons.

Alomar's double scored Crede, who opened the second with a
double, with the first White Sox run.

Chicago added an unearned run in the eighth. Cintron had a
two-out bunt single and went to second on Teahen's throwing error.
Alomar's single scored Cintron.

Game notes
Perez became the 15th starter used by the Royals, and
Dohmann became their 26th pitcher this season. The Royals' record
for pitchers used in a season was 29 in 2003. ... RHP Mike
MacDougal, traded by the Royals last week to Chicago, worked a
scoreless seventh.