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All is well that ends well

April 6 at Kansas City


Levels Finished:
5
The Sox spent a good chunk of this game throwing fireballs at themselves, but they somehow managed to clear all five levels.

Short Take:   The Sox overcome four errors and rally from a five-run deficit to pull out a 12-inning win in Kansas City.

The White Sox hadn't scored a single run off Kansas City closer Joakim Soria since April 9, 2009. Would you believe they scored four runs after two were out in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday at Kaufmann Stadium? They did, and the end result was a stunning 10-7 victory in 12 innings.

Sox rookie third baseman Brent Morel picked on a first-pitch fastball from Kansas City reliever Sean O'Sullivan (0-1) with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 12th and lined it into right field for a two-run single that broke a 7-7 tie. Juan Pierre's sacrifice fly provided an insurance run to make it 10-7, and relief pitcher Chris Sale (1-0) worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th to make it hold up.

They say that winning covers up the big stink and Wednesday's victory most certainly masked a dreadful defensive performance by the Sox. The South Siders committed four errors, one of which was a laughable misplay of a routine fly to left field by Mark Teahen that cost the Sox a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Lastings Milledge misplayed a fly ball in the first inning that led to two Kansas City runs and shortstop Alexei Ramirez missed a tag on what should have been a routine out at second in the fourth, leading to another Royals run. In all, four of the seven Kansas City runs were gift-wrapped.

Thanks to the miserable defense, the Sox found themselves trailing 5-0 going to the seventh. A solo blast by Ramon Castro and an RBI double by Pierre cut the deficit to 5-2. Carlos Quentin continued the comeback with a home run in the eighth that made it 5-3. Alas, the Royals got that tally right back when Teahen, playing left field after pinch-hitting for Milledge, allowed a Mike Aviles pop fly to clank off his glove. Kansas City's Chris Getz scored from first on the play. 6-3 Royals after eight.

On came Soria, the Kansas City relief ace, and he easily retired A.J. Pierzynski and Morel on grounders to second. Then, shockingly, the roof caved in. Pierre singled. Gordon Beckham walked. Alex Rios hit an RBI single. 6-4 game. With two strikes, Paul Konerko delivered an RBI single to the opposite field. 6-5. Then, Quentin fell behind 0-2 in the count before lining a Soria offering into the left-center gap for a two-run double. Suddenly, the Sox were ahead 7-6.

Could they hold it in the bottom of the ninth? Nope. Since when do the Royals ever die easy against the White Sox? Never. New Sox closer Matt Thornton failed in his first save attempt of the season, giving up a game-tying double to Kila Ka'aihue. But Thornton was able to settle down and get the game to extra innings. He also worked a spotless 10th.

Sale came on in the 11th and worked out of a first-and-third jam by striking out Jeff Francoeur and getting Alcides Escobar to roll out to third. That set the stage for Morel's big hit in the 12th.

The Sox complete this five-game road swing with a 3-2 record. They come home now for Thursday's home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00 ERA) takes the ball for the South Siders. He'll be opposed by Tampa Bay ace David Price (0-1, 5.14 ERA). The game begins at 1:10. If you're not fortunate enough to have a ticket, you can watch on Comcast SportsNet.

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