Series: Game 1 of 4

Chicago leads 1-0 (as of 6/3)

Game 1: Monday, June 3
Kansas City 0Final
Chicago 4
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4
Kansas City 3Final
Chicago 2
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5
Kansas City 1Final
Chicago 6
Game 4: Thursday, June 6
Kansas City 4Final
Chicago 3

Royals 0

(21-33, 9-19 away)

White Sox 4

(29-28, 18-11 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 3, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: J. Garland (6-4)

    L: J. Affeldt (1-3)

    Garland, five relievers combine on shutout

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox wanted to end their longest losing streak of the season, and they had the right pitcher on the mound.

    Jon Garland

    Jon Garland pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning as Chicago snapped a seven-game skid Monday night with a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

    Garland (6-4) walked four and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings to improve to 2-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his last three starts. Five relievers finished the six-hitter, and Keith Foulke got the last three outs of Chicago's fourth shutout this season.

    ''I'm taking my time in my windup more and I am making sure I am getting back,'' Garland said. ''I'm making sure I'm being aggressive towards the plate and that seems to be working.''

    Magglio Ordonez, Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko each drove in runs for the White Sox, who won for the first time since May 25.

    White Sox manager Jerry Manuel was pleased to see Garland perform well against the Royals because of the recent trouble Kansas City has given him. Garland has a 7.20 ERA career against the Royals.

    ''He is pitching well. He's pitched well against the Red Sox and the Yankees and now against a team that has had his number,'' Manuel said.

    Kansas City was blanked for the seventh time.

    ''We had the opportunity to score some runs, but we didn't get the big hit,'' manager Tony Pena said.

    Jeremy Affeldt (1-3) took the loss despite allowing just three hits over seven innings in his seventh career start. The game was delayed by rain for 53 minutes in the eighth inning.

    ''The hitters got me when they needed to get me, and they beat me,'' Affeldt said.

    After retiring his first nine batters, Affeldt walked Ray Durham. Tony Graffanino moved him over on a bunt and, one batter later, Ordonez hit an RBI double to right, putting the White Sox in front.

    In the fifth, Sandy Alomar walked and, one batter later, Aaron Rowand doubled down the right-field line to score Alomar from first.

    Thomas hit an RBI single off Jason Grimsley in the eighth to make it 3-0, and Konerko doubled home Kenny Lofton for his 49th RBI.

    ''Hopefully, they start to come around, and when they do I feel sorry for some of the pitchers out there because this is a great lineup,'' Garland said.

    The Royals threatened in the seventh, when Garland gave up a leadoff single to Michael Tucker. Mark Quinn followed with a hit to right-center, but Ordonez was able to cut it off and throw out Quinn at second as Tucker advanced to third.

    Garland got Brent Mayne to pop out, but walked Carlos Febles and was relieved. Antonio Osuna retired Chuck Knoblauch to end the inning.

    Game notes

    Graffanino started at shortstop after Manuel benched Royce Clayton indefinitely. Clayton is batting .195. ... In the top of the seventh inning the wind kicked up and food wrappers whipped across the playing field. ... Knoblauch was 0-for-3 after coming back from a strained right elbow. ... Grimsley left in the eighth inning with a stomach injury. X-rays were negative and he is day to day.

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