KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen felt he could almost hear
his country cheering.
Fueled by solid relief pitching and three home runs, the Chicago
White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Wednesday and made
Guillen the first Venezuelan-born manager to get a major league
"We have a lot of political problems in our country, like in a
lot of countries," Guillen said. "To help my country, to give
something real positive to my country is something I feel good
about. I feel proud. I'm pretty sure my country feels real proud
The longtime White Sox shortstop made headlines across his
native land when he was named the major league's first Venezuelan
Miguel Olivo, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee all homered for the
White Sox, who lost Monday's opener 9-7 when the Royals scored six
times for the biggest ninth-inning comeback in an opener in 103
"I know for a fact that when they see us lose the way we lost,
there were a lot of Venezuelans who were hurt," Guillen said.
"Now they are going to hear what happened today and they are going
to feel good."
The loss means the Royals cannot repeat their 9-0 start of last
year, which catapulted them into a season-long contention in the AL
"Hey, you didn't think it would happen every single time, did
you?" Royals manager Tony Pena said.
Loaiza, second in last year's AL Cy Young Award voting after
going 21-9, did not allow a hit until Mike Sweeney's RBI single
with two outs in the third. He allowed three runs, five hits and
four walks in six-plus innings.
Koch induced Beltran, who homered with Angel Berroa aboard to
win it Monday, to fly out to shallow center with Berroa on first
for the save.
Darrell May (0-1), the Royals' pitcher of the year last season,
gave up all three homers and was charged with four runs and six
hits through five innings.
Olivo, the No. 9 batter, homered for a 2-0 lead in the second
after Aaron Rowand's two-out single.
Ordonez made it 3-1 with a solo homer in the fifth. Then, one
out later, Lee hit his second homer in two games, a 430-foot drive
Aaron Guiel homered off Loaiza leading off the fifth. In just
his second major league game in left field, he made two strong
throws to cut down Ordonez and Lee trying to stretch singles into
doubles in the seventh and eighth innings.
Jackson relieved Loaiza when he walked Guiel leading off the
seventh, and Guiel scored on Carlos Beltran's infield out.
Frank Thomas fouled off 13 pitches, including 12 in a row,
before drawing a walk off May in the first. May threw 35 pitches in
"It got to the point where I thought he was going to swing at
anything," May said. "So I was trying to throw sliders in the
dirt, changeups in the dirt. I tried to come in on him and still he
just kept flicking everything off. It was a great job by him."
The Royals put INF Desi Relaford on the 15-day DL and
called up LHP Jaime Cerda from Triple-A Omaha. Relaford pulled his
left hamstring during the opener on Monday. ... The White Sox are
opening on the road for the 14th straight year but when they get
home will stay for a season-long 12-game homestand. ... The
previous team to overcome a four-run deficit in the ninth or later
to win an opener was Detroit, which trailed 13-4 in 1901 before
scoring 10 in the ninth to beat Milwaukee, according to the Elias
Sports Bureau. ... The White Sox botched their infield defense
after Sweeney's RBI single in the third. Beltran was caught between
second and third, but got back to second because nobody covered the
bag. Sweeney, who'd almost reached second, returned safely to first
because nobody was there, either.