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Buehrle, bats blast KC

September 19, 2003 vs. Kansas City

Today's temperature:
"A nice win over a team that has been a thorn all year, but we see what happens when the Sox's post-season plans rest on the shoulders of the Detroit Tigers.  Twinkie's Magic Number is 6.  Just gotta keep on winning."

Short Take: Royals jump ahead early, but offense paces Sox to 8-5 win

Give them this, Sox fans... They haven't quit yet.  After being swept out of the Humpdome this week, the Sox could have just rolled over and quit on the year.  Granted, a 3 1/2 game margin with 10 games remaining in the schedule does look bleak, and it looked even bleaker when Mike Sweeney connected for his 15th home run of the year, scoring Mike DiFelice and Carlos Beltran to put Kansas City up 3-0 in the top of the third.

The bats responded quickly, though.  The Sox gave starter Mark Buehrle all three runs back in the bottom of the frame, one as Jose Valentin scored on a Sandy Alomar single, the other two scoring as Frank Thomas doubled to right, scoring Sandy and Carlos Lee.  Royals' starter Jamey Wright (another no-name, over-the-hill starter Kansas City has marched out in dubious effort to claim the division crown) and Buehrle swapped back-to-back scoreless frames until the top of the 7th, when Buehrle seemed to flinch first.  Back-to-back doubles by Ken Harvey and Mike DiFelice put the Royals up 5-3 and it looked to be over for the Sox.  How many times have they gone down after giving up key runs in the final third of the game?

D.J. Carrasco came into relieve Wright.  Joe Crede started out the inning with a singled and was quickly backed by Sandy Alomar.  Runners at first and second, no out, in a clutch situation... How many times have we been dissapointed in this situation before, Sox fans?  A Robbie Alomar sac bunt moved both into scoring position and Carlos Lee's sac fly to left scored Crede but only cut Kansas City's lead to 1 with the tying run 90 feet away and 1 out left.  Frank Thomas continued to power the potent Pale Hose 'O' with a single, tying the game.  Magglio Ordonez didn't back down either, dropping his 28th home run into center field, giving the Sox a 7-5 advantage.  Valentin hit a solo shot in the 8th to make it 8-5 and Tom Gordon slammed the door on the game with his 12th save of the year.

Unfortunately, the Twins beat up on the Detroit Tigers, moving their Magic Number to 6.  Esteban Loaiza goes for win #20 for the 3rd time tomorrow against lefty Brian Anderson.  All they can do is win, fans.  Just keep winning.

WSI's Tinkerer Update: Thomas at first makes an error so don't expect to see him there for a while, Daubach is in right while Maggs rides the pine until a pinch hit homer in the ninth (maybe he should have played a little longer), Graffanino (.338 OPB) plays third and bats eighth while Willie Harris (.224 OBP) bats second and gets the nod in center field.  Way to motivate the troops, Jerry!

submitted by doublem23.

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