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Saturday, August 13, 2011
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 5, Royals 4

By Sahadev Sharma

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.