Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 6/4)

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 3

(22-33, 10-19 away)

White Sox 2

(29-29, 18-12 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 4, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Asencio (1-0)

    L: M. Buehrle (8-4)

    S: R. Hernandez (9)

    Asencio's first win knocks White Sox to .500

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Miguel Asencio couldn't get a White Sox batter out in his big league debut. Nearly two months later, Chicago couldn't figure him out.

    Miguel Asencio

    Asencio got his first major league win as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Tuesday night.

    In his big league debut April 6 against the White Sox, Asencio walked all four batters he faced on a total of 16 pitches.

    In his third career start, Asencio (1-0) limited Chicago to four hits and a run in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

    "It was another great performance by Asencio -- that's three now,'' Royals manager Tony Pena said. "He's making it tough to move him out of the rotation. He's been pitching well for me. He's tough.''

    Asencio has also made 10 appearances in relief this season.

    Asencio was able to keep the White Sox 3-4-5 hitters in check. FrankThomas, Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko went a combined 1-for-8 against Asencio. Konerko singled in the fourth inning.

    The White Sox have loss eight of nine and have fallen to .500 (29-29) on the season.

    "Sometimes you try too hard that you struggle and struggle because you are too tense and not relaxed,'' Chicago third baseman Jose Valentin said.

    Mark Buehrle had his second opportunity to become the first nine-game winner in the AL, but was not helped by a struggling White Sox offense. In Buehrle's last two starts the White Sox have combined for five runs. Buehrle was 5-0 against the Royals lifetime before Tuesday's game.

    "I think I would take this outing next time,'' Buehrle said. "Because ninety percent of the time we are going to win -- when one of our starters goes out there and throws eight innings and three runs.''

    Buehrle (8-4) pitched eight innings and gave up seven hits and three runs.

    Roberto Hernandez picked up his ninth save in 10 opportunities but not before Tony Graffanino hit a ball off him to load the bases with one out in the ninth. Hernandez then got Sandy Alomar to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end it.

    "I let that ground ball get away from me, but everything else I did -- I'll take it,'' Hernandez said.

    The Royals scored in the first when Carlos Beltran hit a two-out double off the center-field wall and Mike Sweeney followed with an RBI single.

    Buehrle got into trouble in the sixth when Beltran led off with a double down the left-field line. After intentionally walking Sweeney, Joe Randa followed with a base hit, scoring Beltran. Buehrle than gave up an RBI single to Mark Quinn to give the Royals a 3-0 lead.

    In the eighth, Kenny Lofton walked and moved to second when Ray Durham grounded out. Thomas then followed with a base hit off reliever Corey Bailey scoring Lofton to cut the Royals lead to 3-2.

    In the seventh, Jose Valentin hit a solo home run, his eighth, to knock out Asencio.

    Game notes

    The start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 53 minutes. ... Ray Durham made his 11th error of the season at second base. Durham had 10 errors last season. ... Jason Grimsley is day to day with a stomach injury.

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