KANSAS CITY -- Out of last? Not so fast.
The Royals, presented with a chance to escape last place, had the cellar door slammed by the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, in the 10th inning Saturday night. A win would have pulled the Royals out of last for the first time since April 6.
In front of 25,119 fans at damp Kauffman Stadium, the White Sox ganged up on Royals closer Octavio Dotel. Pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski opened the 10th with a single and Scott Podsednik was hit by a pitch.
Dotel got a strikeout and shortstop Tony Pena Jr.'s leaped high for Jim Thome's liner. But Dotel unleashed a wild pitch, then intentionally walked Paul Konerko to load the bases. Tadahito Iguchi punched a two-run single to right field.
The loss ended the Royals' five-game winning streak.
Odalis Perez, the Royals' left-hander, started uncertainly. He walked the first two White Sox batters and gave up an RBI single to Thome.
After that, however, Perez held the White Sox scoreless for six innings. When he left after the seventh, he'd surrendered just three hits although he walked four.
The Royals likewise had problems solving White Sox lefty John Danks, a rookie. Danks gave up just three singles in the first six innings.
Finally, with one out in the seventh, Emil Brown slammed a drive into the left-field seats, a no-doubter that tied the score at 1. It was Brown's third homer this season.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.