White Sox unable to get to to Royals' Paulino
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Paul Konerko watches his solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Felipe Paulino struck out nine in six innings for his first victory in more than a year and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Matt Treanor had a tiebreaking single for the Royals, who beat Jake Peavy to win for the fifth time in 19 games.
Paulino (1-2) was acquired from Colorado for cash on May 26 after starting the season 0-5. He allowed three runs and scattered nine hits while walking two on 120 pitches.
It was Paulino's first win since June 4, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs. He finished last season 1-9.
For the second time in a week, the White Sox failed to break the .500 barrier. They have not been above .500 since April 15, when they were 7-6.
Paul Konerko hit a solo home run and had three hits for the White Sox, who are 7-12 against AL Central opponents. On Monday night, they started a string of a 19 straight games against teams in their own division.
Royals reliever Louis Coleman pitched two scoreless innings and Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 19 chances. With runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez hit into a hard fielder's choice to end the game.
Peavy (4-2) allowed five runs and six hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two. The right-hander was roughed up for three runs in the second.
With the score tied at 3, Billy Butler led off the sixth inning with a single and, one out later, Jeff Francoeur reached on a bloop single. Butler and Francoeur advanced when Mike Moustakas struck out on Peavy's wild pitch. Treanor then hit a two-run single to left, giving the Royals a 5-3 lead.
Peavy allowed back-to-back walks to start the second inning. After Francoeur's fielder's choice, Moustakas gave the Royals an early lead with a sacrifice fly. With two outs, Escobar tripled to center to make it 3-0.
Konerko got a run back for the White Sox in the second with a solo shot to left. It was his 22nd homer of the season.
With one out in the third, Juan Pierre singled and Brent Morel reached safely on a bunt. After Adam Dunn struck out, Konerko hit an RBI single. Carlos Quentin drove in Morel with a single that tied it 3-all.
NOTES: White Sox CF Alex Rios, in a 3-for-29 slump, had the night off. ... After hitting a home run in Monday's win, Dunn was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts, dropping his average to .167.
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