Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Kansas City punchless in latest loss - White sox 6, Royals 2

Chicago wins 5th in row; Sanchez’ streak ends

June 6, 2001

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— Ray Durham and Magglio Ordonez each homered Tuesday night, leading the Chicago White Sox to their fifth straight victory, 6-2 over the Kansas City Royals.

Kip Wells pitched 61*3 innings, allowing four hits, for the White Sox, who have won 10 of 11. The Royals lost their fourth straight and dropped to 20-37, matching their worst record ever after 57 games. The Royals, who have scored a total of seven runs in their last four games, have lost nine of 11.

Wells (2-2) held the reeling Royals to one run on four hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Royals loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but reliever Sean Lowe struck out Luis Alicea, and reliever Bobby Howry retired pinch-hitter Dave McCarty on a shallow fly. Howry went on to get his second save, allowing one run in 21*3 innings.

Royals shortstop Rey Sanchez was 0-for-4 as his hitting streak stopped at 21 games, the longest current streak in the majors and the sixth-longest in team history. Helping put it to an end was second baseman Durham, who ranged far to his right to pick up Sanchez's ground ball in the fourth and then made an off-balance throw to first.

The White Sox took a 2-0 lead off Dan Reichert (5-5) in the first when Jose Valentin singled leading off and scored on a home run by Durham, who was 3-for-3.

In an ugly third, Durham made it 3-0 with an RBI single, then wound up at third after he took second on the throw home and kept going when catcher Hector Ortiz dropped the throw for an error.

Durham scored and Ordonez was safe at first when the ball on strike three got past Ortiz for a passed ball. Jeff Liefer then hit an RBI double into the gap in left-center, and the White Sox led 5-0.

Reichert went six innings and gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks.

Jermaine Dye's home run in the fourth accounted for the Royals' first run, but Ordonez answered with a solo homer in the fifth. The Royals had two on and two outs in the eighth when Dye hit a shot straight back into Howry's glove.

Notes: C Sal Fasano, designated for assignment last week by the Royals, cleared waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Omaha. ... The game was delayed 24 minutes at the start by a threat of rain that did not develop. ... Chad Durbin and Sanchez were named the Royals' pitcher and player of the month for May. ... The Royals were also 20-37 in 1970, their second year of existence.

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