It looked like the Royals were going to snakebite the White Sox with another ninth-inning comeback on Wednesday, instead they lost 10-9. After trailing 6-0, they chipped away at Chicago’s lead and eventually took a 9-8 advantage thanks to homers from Carlos Beltran and Mike Sweeney in the top of the ninth. Then disaster struck. Curtis Leskanic’s two walks sandwiched an error by second baseman Tony Graffanino to load the bases with no outs. Graffanino’s miscue could have easily cost them a double play. Paul Konerko tied the game at 9-9 with a bloop single to right field. Leskanic was replaced by Nate Field, who promptly gave up the game-winning hit to Westphalia, Missouri native Joe Crede. Leskanic was charged with the loss, as the Royals dropped their second-straight game. Beltran finished 4-5 with four RBI’s and three runs.
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