Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Royals 4

August, 13, 2011
8/13/11
11:21
PM CT
By Sahadev Sharma
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at how the White Sox snapped their home losing streak on Saturday.

How it happened: The White Sox jumped out to a lead in the bottom of the third when Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer. Jake Peavy was cruising along until he gave up five hits and four runs in the fifth inning, as the Royals took a 4-2 lead. Tyler Flowers, starting in the place of the injured A.J. Pierzynski, immediately cut the lead in half when he led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run. The White Sox completed the comeback in the seventh, when Carlos Quentin doubled in a run and Alejandro De Aza drew a bases loaded walk to give the White Sox the lead. Chris Sale threw a perfect ninth to earn the save and preserve the White Sox 5-4 victory.

What it means: The White Sox end their seven-game home losing streak and stay within five games of the victorious first-place Detroit Tigers.

Outside the box: The White Sox had the lead-off man reach seven times, including Flowers' fifth inning homer, which was the first long ball of his career.

What’s next: John Danks (4-9, 4.00) takes on Jeff Francis (4-12, 4.51) as the White Sox try to win the series against the Kansas City Royals Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field at 1:10 pm.



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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.20 198 168
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .316
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 105
RA. Ramirez 81
OPSJ. Abreu .964
ERAC. Sale 2.20
SOC. Sale 198