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August 19 vs. Kansas City

KW's Daily Special:
Cuban cigars
To honor Jose Contreras, who got his first win since July 8

Short Take: Quite a few Sox fans figured Jose Contreras had no chance to outpitch Kansas City ace Zack Greinke. They figured wrong.

To hear Sox fans talk, you might have thought Wednesday afternoon's game was doomed to be an automatic loss. After all, the Royals were sending one of the best in the league to the mound in Zack Grienke, while the Sox were countering with struggling right-hander Jose Contreras.

But like so many other occasions this season, the exact opposite of what you might have expected happened. Contreras was up to the task, earning his first victory since July 8 as the Sox beat Kansas City 4-2.

Contreras (5-11) worked seven strong innings and allowed just one run on three hits. He struck out eight and walked one, and even that one walk was the result of a crappy call by the umpire.

Meanwhile, the Sox offense used power to make a loser out of Greinke (11-8). The Sox had six hits in seven innings off the KC right-hander, and all of them went for extra bases. Scott Podsednik and Paul Konerko doubled in the first inning to produce the first run of the game. After that, it was all about the solo homer. Gordon Beckham went deep in the third. Carlos Quentin knocked one out in the fourth, and Alex Rios connected for his first Sox home run in the seventh, which increased the lead to 4-1.

In the eighth, the Sox bullpen took over for Contreras. Matt Thornton gave up a solo home run to Kansas City's Mark Teahan, but the Royals never mounted a serious threat in the final two innings. Closer Bobby Jenks faced two men and fanned them both to earn his 26th save of the season.

Coupled with Detroit's 3-1 loss to Seattle Wednesday night, the win moved the Sox within two games of the AL Central lead. After Thursday's off day, the South Siders will welcome the Baltimore Orioles to U.S. Cellular Field for a three-game set starting Friday.

Critic's Corner:
Five stars. Pretty solid game today -- an unexpected win should give the Sox a boost moving forward.

submitted by JB98.

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