Kansas City, Mo Everyone except Carlos Lee seemed impressed by his catch.
Lee's leaping grab in left field robbed Raul Ibanez of a grand slam Sunday and helped the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2.
"As soon as the ball was hit, I just went back to the wall and gave it my best effort," Lee said. "I just jumped and put my glove out there. I always go out there and try my best."
After the Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the third on a single, a walk and a hit batsman, Ibanez lashed a soaring opposite-field shot.
The small crowd cheered, expecting a grand slam. But Lee, with his back to the 9-foot fence, leaped and snared the ball in the webbing of his glove as it appeared to clear the wall.
The catch preserved a 4-2 lead for the White Sox, who have won eight of 10.
"I just saw the replay and it looked like it was going to go over the wall," said Ibanez. "It's disappointing. It would have changed the whole way the game went. But big league players make big plays."
The victory coupled with Minnesota's loss moved the White Sox, who were 15 games under .500 in May, into second place in the AL Central behind champion Cleveland.
Gary Glover (5-4) gave up two runs and three hits, with one walk and four strikeouts and Keith Foulke got the last four outs for his 41st save in 44 opportunities.
Before Lee's leap ended the third, the Royals scored two with the help of a lapse by the Chicago infield.
Dee Brown was on second when Mark Quinn hit a hot grounder up the middle that Glover stopped with a behind-the-back stab of his glove.
Catching Brown too far off second, Glover threw to shortstop Royce Clayton. But Brown stayed alive in the run-down until Quinn made it to second, then Brown went safely into third. With one out, Luis Alicea hit an RBI single and Quinn scored on an infield out.
Jose Canseco's sacrifice fly scored Tony Graffanino in the first, then the White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second on Josh Paul's RBI double off starter Chris George (4-7).
George allowed 10 hits and four runs in 32/3 innings.