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A Momentary Lapse of Thornton

August 1 at Kansas City Royals

How was the trophy defended today?
Clutch hitting!

Short Take: Matt Thornton blows a win for Buehrle, but the Sox battle back to win in 10 innings.

Stud Ace Mark Buehrle was back in winning form this night. He limited the Kansas City Royals to two runs over six innings at Kaufmann Stadium, capping his performance by retiring the last ten batters he faced. However, Burls was left with a crummy no-decision when Matt Thornton let the Royals squirm back into a tie in the eighth. It was up to the Sox bats - clutch all night - to deliver a 7-5 win in ten innings.

Things did not look promising for the Sox starter, as Reggie Sanders tagged Buehrle for a two-run homer in the first. Turns out, those would be the only runs he surrendered, as he went on to shut the Royals out over the next five innings before turning it over to the bullpen.

Meanwhile, the Sox bats were coming up with clutch hits all night. In the top of the second, Sandy Alomar rapped an RBI double, scoring Joe Crede. Crede himself knocked a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.

The Sox took the lead in the sixth. Paul Konerko, DHing while Jim Thome rested his wrist, was hit just above the elbow by KC reliever Scott Dohmann. A double by Crede moved Konerko to third, and he scored on a double by Alex Cintron. Alomar added an insurance run in the eighth with his second RBI double of the night, this time scoring Cintron to make it 4-2 Sox.

After Mike MacDougal pitched a scoreless seventh, Thornton was brought in to start the eighth. Trouble began when Thornton walked David DeJesus, then gave up three singles in a row to the Royals. This tied the game at 4, and Thornton got the hook. Ozzie Guillen brought in David Riske to put out the fire, and he successfully induced a double play to end the inning. Riske would blaze through the ninth, striking out the side and sending the game to extra innings.

The Sox got to Royals closer Ambiorix Burgos in the tenth to take the lead for good. Scott Podsednik led off in the place of Konerko, who came out of the game after being hit by a pitch earlier. Pods drew a walk, then moved to second on a balk. Crede capped off his 4 for 5 night with an RBI single and Pods scampered home. Later in the inning, the Sox added a couple of runs on RBI hits by Ross Gload and Brian Anderson. When the clutch hits were needed, the Sox bats were there this night.

For his late inning work, Riske picked up the win and Bobby Jenks earned his 29th save despite coughing up another run (he has given up four runs in his past three appearances). The final score was 7-5.

The Sox look to sweep this series tonight. Freddy Garcia (10-6, 4.85) will face RHP Luke Hudson (3-3, 4.82). Game time is 7:10pm Central.

Ozzieball Update:
It was all about the clutch hitting tonight. The Sox bats got it done when they needed to, especially Joe Crede and Sandy Alomar.

submitted by Baby Fisk.

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