KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The best game of Brian Anderson's career
pushed the Chicago White Sox farther from contention in the AL
Anderson pitched a two-hitter to win for the first time since
April 20 and John Buck had three hits, including a three-run homer
that capped a seven-run first inning Wednesday night in the
Kansas City Royals' 11-0 rout of the White Sox.
"This is the type of game that you don't get many of in your
career," Anderson said. "I'm not a power guy who's going to go
out and do something like this all the time."
Aaron Rowand was the only batter to reach against Anderson,
doubling leading off the game, walking in the third, then doubling
again in the ninth. Anderson retired eight batters in a row before
Rowand's walk and 17 before the ninth-inning hit.
"We just didn't hit today," Rowand said. "We need to pull
together as a team, come out strong tomorrow and try to take this
Anderson (2-9), who struck out seven and walked one, had been
0-9 in 11 starts and nine relief appearances since beating
Cleveland on April 20.
"After the way this season's gone, with the struggles I've had,
it's nice to see the hard work come to fruition,'' Anderson said.
"I don't want to make too big of a deal out of it. I'm certainly
going to enjoy tonight and I'll probably sleep better than I have
in four months. But I understand that in a few days, I'll have to
do it again."
Anderson got his fourth career shutout, his first since a
seven-hitter at Anaheim last Sept. 5 and only his second since Aug.
17, 1999, when he pitched the third three-hitter of his career. It
was just his 11th complete game in 229 career starts. He was glad
manager Tony Pena let him finish.
"Tony and I had a pretty strong disagreement in the dugout
after the seventh," Anderson said. "Thank goodness Tony said, 'If
you want to go back out, go back out.'"
Chicago lost for the eighth time in 10 games, dropping a
season-high six games behind divison-leading Minnesota and falling
to 54-50. On July 24, the White Sox led the Twins by a half-game.
"The Twins are playing pretty good baseball," White Sox
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Hopefully, we can get a break here
and there. I don't think they're going to win 60 games in a row. I
just have to worry about us winning games. No matter what they do,
if we're not winning, it doesn't mean a thing."
Scott Schoeneweis (6-9) lasted just 1 1/3 innings, his shortest
outing this season, giving up a season-high nine runs and nine
hits. His ERA rose from 4.89 to 5.56.
"He has one more start to show himself, against Cleveland,"
Guillen said. "Then we'll make a decision on whether he stays in
Schoeneweis didn't disagree.
"A game like that doesn't help my cause," he said."Hopefully, I can turn it around. I'm doing everything I can, but
things aren't working out. I don't have anybody to blame except
Buck went 3-for-4 and is 7-for-15 with two homers and six RBI
in his last four games, and Desi Relaford also had three hits for
the Royals, who finished with 17. The bottom third of the Royals'
lineup went 8-for-11 with three runs scored and five RBI.
"I've been feeling better lately," said Buck, who raised his
average to .202.
Kansas City built its first-inning lead on Matt Stairs' RBI
single, Ruben Mateo's two-run triple just beyond the reach of right
fielder Joe Borchard, Angel Berroa's RBI single and Buck's third
homer of the season.
Ken Harvey doubled in a run in the second and scored on a single
by Abraham Nunez, the ninth hit by the ninth different Royal. That
finished off Schoeneweis.
Kansas City added two runs in the seventh against Mike Jackson
on Nunez's RBI double and Relaford's run-scoring single.
The Royals' seven runs and seven hits in the first inning
were both season highs. ... The previous time the Royals scored
seven runs in the first was on Aug. 22, 2001, against the White
Sox, when they took a 7-2 lead and lost 13-12.