Rookie Iguchi hits first homer

CHICAGO (AP) -- Tadahito Iguchi had the best night of his short
major league career.

The rookie went 4-for-4 with his first major league home run,
and Carl Everett hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth
inning that led the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals
5-4 Tuesday night.

"Of course today will be a memorable day for me in regards to
my baseball career, but at the same time, I'm glad we got the
win," Iguchi said through a translator. "I'm actually more happy
with the fact I got four hits than that one home run."

With Kansas City ahead 4-3 in the eighth, Scott Podsednik and
Iguchi hit consecutive singles off Andy Sisco (0-1) and scored on
Everett's double off the fence in right-center field. Everett leads
Chicago with 25 RBI.

It was the third blown save of the season for Sisco, acquired by
Kansas City in the winter meeting draft.

"Sisco's my guy," Kansas City manager Tony Pena said. "He's
the guy we're going to use in the eighth inning to pass the ball to
(Ambiorix) Burgos."

Mark Buehrle (4-1) won despite allowing two homers to Mike
Sweeney and one to Eli Marrero. Buehrle gave four runs and eight
hits in eight innings.

"It was one of those games where I felt like I was making my
pitches," Buehrle said. "They were fouling a lot of pitches off,
and when I did make my pitch, they were putting it into play."

Shingo Takatsu finished for his seventh save. Takatsu, who
struck out two, has struggled a bit in his second season in the
majors. He's 0-1 with one blown save and has been forced to share
time in the closer's role with Dustin Hermanson and Damaso Marte.

"I'm happy for Shingo because I gave him another chance and he
didn't let me down," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Sweeney hit two home runs for the second straight game for the
Royals, raising his season total to six.

Chicago has held a lead at some point in 26 consecutive games,
topping the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers for the post-1900 major league
record. The White Sox (19-7), who have the best record in baseball,
broke the Royals' season-high two-game winning streak.

Mike Sweeney hit two home runs for the second straight game for
Kansas City, raising his season total to six.

"Mike Sweeney is a pure hitter," Pena said. "He's swinging
the bat right now the way he's capable of swinging it."

Aaron Rowand began the White Sox comeback with a seventh-inning
homer off Brian Anderson, who gave up three runs and eight hits in
six-plus innings.

The first seven runs were scored on five homers. The wind was
blowing out at 15 mph when the game began, making the 42-degree
temperature feel even colder.

"It wasn't an easy game to pitch in," Anderson said. "It was
tough to get a grip on the breaking ball. A couple were slipping

Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo drive
in the sixth. One out later, Marrero homered for a 4-2 lead.

Iguchi, hitting .365, tied the score in the third with his
homer, a two-run drive to left. He hit 24 homers last season with
the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks and 149 in eight seasons in Japan. He gave
his bat a quick flip after watching the homer sail into the
left-field stands.

With two on in the first, the left-handed Anderson picked off
Everett between first and second, and Sweeney threw out Iguchi
trying for third.

"What happened in the first inning?" Guillen said. "We ran
the bases the wrong way. ... Iguchi's never seen that play in Japan

Game notes
Sweeney had his 14th multihomer game. ... The White Sox
recalled INF/C Jamie Burke from Triple-A Charlotte and put INF
Willie Harris on the bereavement list. ... The Royals activated 3B
Mark Teahen from the 15-day DL and sent OF Matt Diaz to Triple-A
Omaha. ... Buehrle has lasted at least six innings in his last 34
starts. ... The game lasted 2 hours 13 minutes -- five minutes under
Buehrle's average this season.