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Royals stumble in 15th

June 5, 2008

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Chicago's Paul Konerko, left, greets Jim Thome after Thome hit a two-run homer. Konerko hit a two-run shot of his own in the 15th inning to sink Kansas City on Wednesday in Chicago.

Chicago's Paul Konerko, left, greets Jim Thome after Thome hit a two-run homer. Konerko hit a two-run shot of his own in the 15th inning to sink Kansas City on Wednesday in Chicago.

— Paul Konerko was just glad he put an end to the game. Now he hopes he can halt his season-long slump, too.

Konerko hit a two-run homer in the 15th inning Wednesday night, sending the Chicago White Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

His teammates went a little nuts in celebration.

"I felt like a rookie again," Konerko said. "I got a pie in my face, I got champagne and beer and whatever the heck on my head and all that. I have to go back to the trainer now. Toby Hall got me pretty good with some shaving cream, and I got to get it (his eye) cleaned out."

Konerko, batting only .198 when he came up against Jimmy Gobble (0-1), hit his seventh homer, a drive to left field to score Carlos Quentin, who had drawn a leadoff walk.

Konerko is now 5-for-6 with four homers in his career against the Royals' left-hander.

"I can't say I was even happy, more just like relief because we won the game, and it was over, and I did something positive for the team," Konerko said.

Bothered by a sore right hand, Konerko managed just one homer in May and was in an 11-for-73 skid when he connected for the game-winner.

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