Despite a late comeback, the Royals early deficit was too steep to climb in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox in Chicago Tuesday night. Royals’ starter Jose Lima found himself down 5-0 by the time the second inning was over. In the first, Paul Konerko drove in the first of his three RBI’s, when he hit a sacrifice fly that scored Scott Posednik. Aaron Rowand then doubled in Tadahito Iguchi to make it 2-0.
In the second inning, Juan Uribe hit a solo home run, Iguchi drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Konerko singled in Posednik to give the White Sox a 5-0 advantage.
The Royals scored in the sixth inning, when Terrence Long led off with a triple, then scored on a balk by Orlando Hernandez. But the Royals went down in order after that.
John Buck’s ninth home run, a two-run shot, in the seventh made it 5-3. Konerko hit his 35th homer of the season in the bottom half of the inning to give The White Sox a 6-3 lead.
Emil Brown hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to make it 6-5, but that’s as close as the Royals got.
Lima (5-14) was charged with five runs and got the loss.