Quentin's two home runs help White Sox climb from five-run hole

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Carlos Quentin's towering home runs kept Chicago close, then the White Sox went ahead without so much as a pitch being thrown.

Fighting back from a 5-0 deficit Wednesday night, the White Sox scored the go-ahead run on Ramon Ramirez's eighth-inning balk to beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-6.

"He balked," said Kansas City manager Trey Hillman. "He started and stopped. It was accurately called."

Trailing 6-5, the White Sox got their leadoff runner on when Orlando Cabrera walked against reliever Robinson Tejeda.

Cabrera stole second and third, and after Tejeda walked Quentin, Jim Thome's single tied the game. Plate umpire Dan Iassogna called a balk on Ramirez moments later, allowing Quentin to score the go-ahead run.

"We've been fighting all year," said Quentin, Chicago's All-Star left fielder who was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored. "Our energy level has been good day-in and day-out. That's one thing our coaching staff has really stressed to the team."

Not all was well with the White Sox, though.

There appeared to be a scuffle in the dugout between Cabrera and Jermaine Dye, who was batting when Cabrera stole second and third, though nobody would say what it was about.

"A little bit of a misunderstanding," Dye said. "When you're together for so long, things like that happen. When all was said and done, we came up and hugged and got over it. I'm not going into what it was about. It was just a little something."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he had no problem with either player.

"When you're a man, you say what you feel," he said. "You agree to disagree and you move on. I don't want good guys. I want winners. Good guys finish last. I want guys who go out there and bust their tails and back each other up. This is a family, and when you live with a family so long, you fight. It was just a misunderstanding."

Tejeda (0-2) lost for the second night in a row, this time without giving up a hit.

Adam Russell (3-0) got one out for the win, and Octavio Dotel struck out the side in the ninth for his first save in three opportunities for the AL Central leaders.

Quentin hit his 20th home run in the fourth inning off starter Brian Bannister to begin the White Sox rally. Quentin added a second homer off Bannister in the sixth, helping send Chicago to its 11th win in 13 games.

"Quentin did a good job on two good pitches," Bannister said. "He ducks so low in his stance, there's almost no strike zone there."

Bannister walked Cabrera leading off the game, got the next batter to ground into a double play, and did not allow another baserunner until Nick Swisher doubled with one out in the fourth and the Royals already ahead 5-0.

Quentin then hit his first homer, and Bannister retired six straight until Swisher walked with one out in the sixth and rode home on Quentin's second shot, a 398-foot drive on a 1-1 pitch that brought the White Sox to within 6-4.

"Other than the home runs and two doubles, Bannister did a great job," Hillman said. "It's discouraging to see the same mistake made to the same hitter for the kind of damage, four RBIs in that situation with the lead."

Alexei Ramirez chased Bannister with an RBI double with two out in the seventh, after Thome walked leading off.

Alex Gordon singled home a run in the first for Kansas City, and a second run scored when Jose Guillen bounced into a double play.

After John Buck's sacrifice fly against White Sox starter Javier Vasquez made it 3-0 in the second, the Royals handed Bannister a 5-0 lead on Ross Gload's two-run single.

Buck added a solo home run in the fourth off Vasquez, putting the Royals on top 6-2.

Game notes
Before the game, a small airplane circled the stadium trailing a sign urging fans to vote Dye onto the All-Star team. The plane was paid for by the White Sox. ... Thome's walk in the seventh was No. 1,509 of his career, moving him past Lou Gehrig for 15th all time. ... Every Kansas City batter reached base.