- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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CHICAGO -- Every new victory seems to bring a new hero to the forefront for the surging Chicago White Sox.
In Monday night’s 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals, it was Gordon Beckham's turn. When Beckham stepped to the plate in the eighth inning, he was mired in a 1-for-16 slump. That made his tie-breaking homer that much sweeter.
“That was big,” said Sox manager Robin Ventura. “He always plays great defense, but offensively (to contribute like that) I think it helps. When you’re helping win games, you feel better as a player.”
Beckham had not homered since June 20 before hitting the decisive blow against Kansas City starter Luis Mendoza on Monday.
“It was good to hit one tonight after making an adjustment in my last at-bat (on Sunday),” Beckham said. “Everybody has to stand up and pitch in. Hopefully I do it more often than just once every month.”
After struggling at U.S. Cellular Field early in the season, the White Sox have taken a big step forward, having won 13 of 15 in Chicago. Furthermore, the team improved to 12 games over .500 – the White Sox’s highest mark since 2010 -- with Monday’s win.
“We love coming home,” Beckham said. “There is a calmness when we play here and I don’t know if you noticed, but the fans are coming out and are really supporting us. We are getting to crunch time, so we need them more than ever.”
The synergy building within the ballclub is noticeable to captain Paul Konerko, who hit his 18th home run in the seventh inning on Monday night.
“There is no question that games like this give you confidence,” Konerko said. “That is especially true for the young guys. Addison (Reed) closing out these games and Gordon having a night like he did, that is something you can draw from at a later date. It’s all good.”