Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Clayton homers, KC falls - White Sox 5, Royals 3

June 20, 2001


— Royce Clayton finally heard some cheers from his new home fans.

Clayton hit his first homer in nearly a year and James Baldwin won for the first time in five weeks as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-3, Tuesday night.

Clayton's three-run homer off Jeff Suppan (3-6), was his first since last July 14, when he was with the Texas Rangers. He had gone 115 games without a homer.

"It's been quite a drought," Clayton said. "I don't know what happened. The first half of last year, I had 13 and ended up with 14. It's one of those things, they come in bunches. I know I have enough pop to get it out of the ballpark."

Baldwin (3-4), winless in his previous seven starts since May 13, allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in 623 innings.

"J.B. hung in there," Clayton said. "You want to give support to a guy like him, someone who gives maximum effort."

Keith Foulke, Chicago's fourth pitcher, pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 16 tries.

The White Sox have won 10 of 11 games at Comiskey Park and 18 of 24 overall.

Mike Sweeney homered for the second straight night for the Royals, who have lost three straight after winning a season-best five in a row.

Sweeney led of the second with his 15th homer, giving the Royals the lead.

With two on and two outs in the Chicago half, Clayton got his season high in RBIs in one swing, connecting on Suppan's 2-2 pitch, hitting it over the wall in left. Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko scored ahead of him to make it 3-1.

"I got behind (the pitch) and got the ball up, but not where I wanted it," Suppan said. "He got good wood on it and it went."

The 18,715 fans gave Clayton a standing ovation, and repeated it for each of Clayton's at-bats. Clayton, who came into the game hitting .147, had been a target of boos and jeers for most of the season.

"It's kind of weird," Clayton said. "I've grown used to the boos. But I appreciate it, no doubt. I'm just trying to help out for a pennant race. That's when the best comes out in me."

In the Kansas City fourth, Raul Ibanez's hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 3.

Chicago regained the lead in their half when Clayton hit an RBI double inside the first-base bag. Clayton had a season-high three hits.

Cory Bailey walked Josh Paul with the bases loaded in the eighth to give the White Sox a 5-3 lead.

Suppan allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out seven.

Notes: White Sox CF Chris Singleton made a nice diving catch of Jermaine Dye's line drive to the gap in the fourth. ... The White Sox recalled C Mark Johnson before the game and started him behind the plate. ... White Sox LF Aaron Rowand made his first career start and got his first major league hit off Tony Cogan in the seventh. ... Sweeney is 11-for-19 (.579) with four homers and eight RBIs against the White Sox this season.

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