Moustakas homers as Royals beat White Sox 9-4
Saturday, August 18, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a three-run shot and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Saturday night, overcoming Adam Dunn's 400th career homer.
Moustakas connected in the eighth and drove in four runs for the Royals, who have won four of five. Alcides Escobar had four infield singles, scored three runs and had his team-leading 24th steal.
Chicago trailed 5-2 before Dunn drove a 2-2 pitch from Tim Collins over the wall in left-center in the eighth. Kevin Youkilis, who singled with one out for his 1,000th career hit, was aboard for Dunn's major league-best 35th homer of the season.
Dunn is one of 11 active players with 400 homers and No. 50 to reach the mark overall. The burly slugger and Paul Konerko are the first teammates to reach 400 career homers in the same season.
Kansas City responded with four runs in the bottom half. Billy Butler, who finished with three hits and three RBIs, singled in Escobar before Moustakas hit a drive to right for his 19th homer.
All four runs were charged to Brett Myers, who gave up four hits.
Alex Gordon also had three hits for Kansas City, including his American League-leading 39th double. Eric Hosmer contributed a solo home run in the sixth as the Royals rapped out 15 hits overall.
The White Sox committed a season-high four errors. They entered ranked second in the majors with a .988 fielding percentage. It was just their ninth multi-error game this season.
The Royals took advantage of errors by catcher Tyler Flowers, right fielder Alex Rios and second baseman Gordon Beckham to push across two unearned runs in the third. Butler had an RBI single and scored on Moustakas' base hit.
Bruce Chen (9-10) held the White Sox scoreless until Dunn doubled and scored on Konerko's 20th homer in the sixth. It was Konerko's 41st career home run against Kansas City.
Konerko has connected in back-to-back games since coming off the concussion-disabled list Friday.
Chen allowed five hits, struck out five and walked one in six innings.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy (9-9) gave up five runs, two unearned, and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings, dropping to 0-6 with a 5.52 ERA in his past seven starts against the Royals. He is 1-5 with a 5.52 ERA in six starts at Kauffman Stadium.
NOTES: Royals 2B Chris Getz, who broke his left thumb Friday, had season-ending surgery with two pins placed in the thumb. There is an eight-week recovery time, and Getz is expected to be at 100 percent by spring training. Manager Ned Yost said Johnny Giavotella, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, would get the majority of the playing time at second with Getz out. .... White Sox CF Alejandro De Aza was not the lineup with cramps in his lower back. Dewayne Wise replaced him. ... CF Lorenzo Cain hit leadoff for the first time. Cain is the eighth player Yost has batted first this season. ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie takes a 15-inning scoreless streak into Sunday's start against the White Sox, who will start rookie LHP Jose Quintana.
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