White Sox rally past Royals with three homers
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter May 19, 2014 10:38PM
Updated: May 19, 2014 11:38PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer, Dayan Viciedo also went deep and Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer, helping the White Sox rally from a five-run deficit to defeat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Monday.
Ramirez’s homer was his sixth, matching his total from all of last season. Konerko’s was his second, and it capped a three-run rally in the fifth that also included a ground out by Ramirez for the shortstop’s fourth RBI. Ramirez, batting third in manager Robin Ventura’s lineup against lefty Jason Vargas, has 32 RBI.
Konerko will get more playing time with major-league home-run leader Jose Abreu on the disabled list.
Rookie right-hander Scott Carroll was roughed up for the third straight start, giving up five runs in the first inning. Carroll left after four trailing 6-4.
Zach Putnam and Ronald Belisario each pitched two scoreless innings before closer Matt Lindstrom, Scott Downs and Jake Petricka combined on a scoreless ninth.
Lindstrom gave up a leadoff single to Nori Aoki, then left the game with an apparent left foot injury suffered while attempting to field Alcides Escobar’s sacrifice bunt. Lindstrom was charged with an error that put runners on first and second with no outs, but the Sox escaped the jam as lefty Downs struck out Eric Hosmer (three RBI) and Jake Petricka caught pinch runner Jarrod Dyson leaning too far off second before getting Billy Butler on a game-ending ground out to second baseman Gordon Beckham.
It was the first career save for Petricka.