September 17, 2007
AP - Sep 17, 10:21 pm EDT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jermaine Dye, Danny Richar and Josh Fields homered in an 11-run fifth inning as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Monday night.
Chicago, which sent 14 men to the plate, had its biggest inning since an 11-run third at St. Louis on June 20 last year. It was the most runs in an inning off Kansas City since an 11-run first at Cleveland on Aug. 13 last year.
Richar also tripled during the inning, which included two doubles, four singles, one intentional walk and two wild pitches. Darin Erstad grounded out twice for two of the outs.
Kansas City led 2-0 before Kyle Davies gave up Richar's leadoff homer, Fields' two-run double and Dye's three-run homer, which put Chicago ahead 6-2.
Brandon Duckworth allowed Juan Uribe's RBI double, Richar's run-scoring triple, Alex Cintron's sacrifice fly and Fields' two-run homer.
White Sox right-hander Javier Vazquez (13-8) worked eight innings and struck out a season-high 13, one shy of his career high, while allowing two runs and five hits without a walk. He retired 21 of the last 23 batters he faced after Alex Gordon homered in the second.
Every starter but Darin Erstad had a hit for the White Sox, who piled up 15. Cintron and Richar each had three hits.
Davies (2-6) allowed only two hits and no runs through the first four innings before Chicago got into a groove. He ended up allowing six runs and seven hits while walking three and striking out four to lose for the sixth time in seven starts.
Brandon Duckworth, who replaced Davies, faced seven White Sox and five of them scored in two-thirds of an inning. He threw two wild pitches and gave up five hits, including Fields' 20th home run to lead all American League rookies.
The Royals lost for the 10th time in 12 games and fell a half-game behind the White Sox and into last place in the AL Central.
Ross Gload doubled before Gordon hit his 15th homer in the second. Rookie Billy Butler homered in the ninth, his seventh of the year.
Royals DH Mike Sweeney sat out his third straight game with tightness in his right groin. ... White Sox CF Jerry Owens stole his 28th base, which leads all major league rookies. ... Richar's three hits was a career high.