May 11, 2007
AP - May 11, 9:48 pm EDT
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jon Garland held the Royals without a run for eight innings and the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 2-1 on Friday night.
Garland (2-2) gave up four hits and a run, walking one and striking out three in 8 1-3 innings, and won his second straight start.
While their offense continues to struggle, the White Sox got another excellent performance from a starting pitcher. The team has now had their starting pitcher go at least six innings in 17 straight starts. The White Sox have won five of their last six.
A.J. Pierzynski's solo homer to right off Odalis Perez broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the fourth. Chicago added another run in the fifth when Tadahito Iguchi doubled and scored from third on an error by Royals shortstop Tony Pena Jr., who let Darin Erstad's grounder roll between his legs.
Down 2-0, the Royals broke through against Garland with a run in the ninth on doubles by Esteban German and Mark Grudzielanek. Lefty Matt Thornton relieved Garland and struck Mark Teahen out swinging.