KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The most interesting numbers of all during Wednesday’s come-from-behind victory for the White Sox were their three-run deficit with two outs in the ninth inning.
The White Sox overcame those long odds against one of the better closers in the game in the Royals’ Joakim Soria, but there were other interesting results to break down.
It was the first time since August 10, 2001 at Seattle that the White Sox won a road game when trailing by three runs or more in the ninth inning. The White Sox scored four runs in the ninth inning Wednesday to take a 7-6 lead only to have to go extra innings to win it. In that game at Seattle in 2001, they trailed 6-3 before scoring five runs to win it 8-6.
Carlos Quentin tied a career high with four hits. It was the fifth time in his career he had four hits in a game and none was bigger than his two-run double in the ninth inning to put the White Sox ahead. The last time Quentin had four hits in a game was Aug. 8, 2008 against Detroit.
With his solo home run in the eighth inning, Quentin now has 13 in his career against the Royals, his most against any opponent. He also has 99 career home runs.
Mark Buehrle, who was knocked around in his five innings of work, now has 46 career starts against the Royals, passing the Twins for most against an opponent. He remains stuck on 149 victories.
Paul Konerko’s RBI single in the ninth inning gives him 66 career RBI at Kauffman Stadium, the most he has recorded in any park, other than U.S. Cellular Field, of course.
The White Sox won despite committing four errors. Alexei Ramirez booted a grounder at shortstop in the third inning, Konerko had a throwing error in the seventh, Mark Teahen dropped a fly ball in left field the eighth and Brent Morel booted a ball at third base in the 11th. It was their first four-error game since July 16 of last season at Minnesota.