Rapid Reaction: Royals 5, White Sox 3

July, 5, 2011
7/05/11
10:10
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox were unable to rally late and fell 5-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

How it happened: Paul Konerko drove in two runs and Carlos Quentin drove in the other, but nobody else in the White Sox lineup could help the big boys. Adam Dunn struck out three more times while Brent Lillibridge struck out four times. Jake Peavy was once again fighting to give the White Sox a decent effort. He struggled with his control and gave up three runs in the third then gave up a two-run single with two outs in the sixth.

What it means: Like a car with a clogged fuel line, the White Sox’s season sputters on. Their win-one-lose-one tendency continued as they dropped back under .500 at 43-44. The pitching has been fine, even if Jake Peavy wasn’t at his best Tuesday, but struggling on offense against a guy like Felipe Paulino, who entered the game winless, has become all too common.

Outside the box: The White Sox’s troubles in the clutch continued as they were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. They left 13 runners on base.

Up next: White Sox right-hander Edwin Jackson (5-6, 4.24 ERA) will take the mound in the series finale against Kansas City. The Royals will counter with left-hander Bruce Chen (4-2, 3.46) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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BA LEADER
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BA HR RBI R
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIJ. Abreu 107
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OPSJ. Abreu .964
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ERAC. Sale 2.17
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