CHICAGO (AP) -- After a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on
Wednesday night, Kansas City Royals manager Tony Pena screamed at
his players behind closed doors in the clubhouse.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer to help the White Sox to
fourth straight win overall and fifth in a row over the Royals.While Chicago improved the best record in the major leagues to
20-7, the last-place Royals lost for the 14th time in 17 games and
dropped to 7-20 despite outhitting the White Sox 9-6."I'm not happy," said Pena, whose yelling could be heard from
outside the clubhouse. "It's not the effort, they give me effort.
I just see something that don't like."Chicago increased its AL Central lead to 4½ games over
second-place Minnesota and is 17-4 in the division."I expect us to do even better," said Dustin Hermanson, who
earned his fourth save with 1 2/3 innings of relief. "This a good
team here. It's a long season to go, it is a marathon. But this
isn't a fluke."Former Royal Jermaine Dye's RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the
fourth, and Pierzynski followed with his second homer of the
season. Aaron Rowand started the rally with a two-out bloop single
and scored on Dye's hit."We're coming up with big hits in timely fashion and our
pitchers are doing a heck of a job keeping us in the ballgame,"
Dye said.Freddy Garcia (3-1) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 1/3
innings and Hermanson, Chicago's fifth pitcher, got five straight
outs."Freddy threw the ball better today," White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "He came out and threw strikes, and his fastball
looked pretty good today."Hermanson came in with one runner on in the eighth and got a
flyout and strikeout to end the inning, then retired the side in
the ninth on two groundouts and a popout. Hermanson has not allowed
a run in 13 innings over 11 appearances this season."We're not scoring that many runs right now," Guillen said.
"If we don't play good defense, we're in trouble."Runelvys Hernandez (1-4) lost his fourth straight decision,
giving up four runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. All but one of
the batters who reached on the first five hits Hernandez allowed
scored."Today was one of my best games and nothing, you know,"
Hernandez said."He pitched well," Pena said. "The one bad inning was it."Garcia was in and out of jams all game and his bullpen inherited
one in the seventh. Garcia was pulled with one out and two men on.After a passed ball advanced the runners to second and third,
Neal Cotts loaded the bases with a walk to Ruben Gotay. Cliff
Politte came in and gave up Mike Sweeney's sacrifice fly to center,
with Mark Teahen sliding to just beat the throw from Rowand on a
close play. Politte then struck out Ken Harvey to end the inning.Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the third on Sweeney's two-out
double. Uribe's relay throw to Pierzynski at the plate was in time
to catch David DeJesus, but the ball sailed a little wide and
Pierzynski couldn't hold on.Joe Crede homered in the bottom half.
Sweeney has 10 doubles, tied for the AL lead. ... Dye hit
his first triple of the season in the second inning ... White Sox
TV announcer Ken Harrelson had surgery Wednesday to repair a
detached retina in his right eye. He will miss the rest of this
series and the upcoming six-game trip. ... Paul Konerko is hitless
in his last 22 at-bats. ... Dye went 2-for-3 to improve his average
to .207. ... Teahan went 2-for-3 for his first career multihit
game, raising his average to .286.