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How they scored

ROYALS FIRST A.Gordon infield single. A.Escobar flied out. Butler doubled, A.Gordon scored. One run. Royals 1, White Sox 0.

White Sox ninth G.Holland pitching. Keppinger singled. Greene pinch-running for Keppinger. Rios singled, Greene to second. A.Dunn singled, Greene to third, Rios to second. Konerko hit into a double play, Greene out, Rios to third, A.Dunn to second. Danks pinch-running for A.Dunn. Gillaspie was intentionally walked. Al.Ramirez infield single, Rios scored, Danks to third, Gillaspie to second. One run. White Sox 1, Royals 1.

White Sox 11th Greene grounded out. Rios singled. Rios was caught stealing, Rios out. Danks homered to center on a 3-1 count. One run. White Sox 2, Royals 1.

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Updated: June 8, 2013 6:29AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adam Dunn has bad memories of this place, so everything pretty much felt normal when the White Sox couldn’t do a thing for eight innings against James Shields on Monday.

When they loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth with Paul Konerko coming up, only to scratch out a run, it felt like more of the same at a place where the Sox always leave in a foul mood.

Four baserunning blunders — including one by the guy who pinch-ran for Dunn — were destined to be their undoing of choice on this day.

With all this going on, including a home run that was taken away from Alexei Ramirez — in the Sox’ view, anyway — Dunn flashed back to two years ago at this time when his appendix brought him to his knees and sent him to a Kansas City operating room with trainer Herm Schneider. He proceeded to go on a downward spiral toward the worst season of his career.

Dunn bounced back last season, winning comeback-player-of-the-year honors and putting the past behind him.

But 30 games into the 2013 season, Dunn is headed down a bad path once more. He’s batting a hideous .151 while insisting it’s not the same now as it was then, when the appendectomy forced him to bend over slightly at the plate, throwing his back out of whack.

The curious thing is, Dunn feels good at the plate, and he felt better getting out of Kansas City after he walked, lined out to right field and lined a single to right in the ninth inning of the Sox’ 2-1 victory against the Royals. The Sox pushed a run across in the ninth to tie it and won it in the 11th on a home run by Jordan Danks, who pinch-ran for Dunn in the ninth, then ended the inning by rounding third too far and making the third out.

Addison Reed, the goat the day before when he blew his first save opportunity, came back strong with a perfect 11th for his 11th save, and Chris Sale almost matched Shields pitch-for-pitch into the eighth inning.

Dunn, meanwhile, continues to find his way to a better place.

After the 6-5 loss in 10 innings Sunday, in which he went 1-for-5 with an infield single and two strikeouts, he sat with his head in his hands looking at video, searching for answers. The frustration was setting it.

“I wish I could go, ‘That’s the reason,’ ’’ he said. “There is no reason. That’s the very, very frustrating part of it. I want to find something.’’

Hitting coach Jeff Manto said Dunn is balanced when he swings and his “hands are working fine.’’ The issue is timing, and Manto believes the slugger with 412 career homers is close to clicking.

One can only hope.

“He’s taking a lot of good swings; he’s getting pitches to hit right now; he’s just missing them,’’ Manto said. “When you see that, you kind of get encouraged — and I know the numbers are the numbers, and I can’t escape that — but from the hitting side and watching, he’s just about ready to turn it on. I know it sounds crazy, watching, but I really do think he’s close. I really do.’’

“I feel like it’s not just me,’’ Dunn said. “The whole team, offensively, is in a funk. We got nobody — I mean, nobody — hitting. It’s gotta turn. It can’t be like this.’’

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