Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Chicago leads 2-1 (as of 6/5)

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

Royals 1

(22-34, 10-20 away)

White Sox 6

(30-29, 19-12 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 5, 2002

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: G. Glover (2-1)

    L: J. Suppan (5-5)

    Glover, Lofton key White Sox victory

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gary Glover gave Chicago White Sox manager Jerry Manuel something he didn't expect -- innings.

    Gary Glover
    Glover

    Glover pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, and Kenny Lofton hit a bases-loaded triple to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Wednesday night.

    Glover (2-1) allowed one run, walked one and struck out five. He had not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his previous five starts.

    "To go out there and give the team a positive start is a huge increase in confidence for me,'' Glover said. "I did it once so I feel I can do it over and over again.''

    Rocky Biddle finished with two hitless innings. Despite the victory, Glover will be sent to the bullpen. Manuel has decided to skip Glover's next start and go with a four-man rotation.

    "The other guys have performed well, but by skipping his start it gives us another guy in the bullpen,'' Manuel said. "That's really what we need right now. His role will definitely be a positive one for us.''

    The Royals have dropped four of five.

    Jeff Suppan (5-5) ran into trouble in the fourth when he gave up a leadoff single to Frank Thomas and walked Paul Konerko. Jose Valentin singled to load the bases with none out, and Thomas scored on Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly.

    Jeff Liefer followed with an RBI single to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead. One batter later, Mark Johnson reached on a bunt hit to load the bases again.

    As Royals catcher Brent Mayne tried to field the bunt, he slipped on Suppan's leg. Suppan had already slipped on the grass, allowing Johnson to reach safely.

    "The grass was very wet and I'm coming hard, he called me off, but I couldn't tell how hard the bunt was, my feet gave out and I took him out,'' Suppan said.

    Lofton cleared the bases with a triple to center field for a 5-1 lead.

    Suppan walked Lee leading off the sixth, and Liefer followed with a grounder that went between the legs of second baseman Carlos Febles for an error. Johnson hit an RBI single that chased Suppan and gave the White Sox a 6-1 lead.

    "We have had a couple of good games against him in the last couple of years, but the majority of the games he has thrown real well against us,'' Konerko said.

    Suppan allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Mark Quinn hit an RBI double for the Royals in the second.

    Game notes


    The Royals placed reliever Jason Grimsley on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a strained stomach muscle and recalled right-hander Jeff Austin from Triple-A Omaha. ... Chicago slugger Magglio Ordonez had the night off. ... The attendance of 12,167 was the second-lowest of the season for the White Sox. ... Kansas City's Chuck Knoblauch is in an 0-for-13 slump. His batting average has dipped to .167.

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