Two homers by Carlos Quentin led the White Sox past the Kansas City Royals 5-1 Saturday night as Brian Bannister took the loss in what was Chicago’s seventh straight win and 24th victory in the last 29 games. Meanwhile, it appears the Royals have cooled.
In early June, the White Sox’s were nine games under .500. Now, they’re a half-game out of first and 10 games over. Earlier this week, Ned Yost said this season wasn’t over the for the Royals, but after watching the Sox, I’m not sure there will be any team that will stick with them come September.
“I’ve never seen a turnaround like this,” Konerko said. “I don’t think anybody saw this coming.”
Gordon Beckham, who has struggled most of the season, also homered for the White Sox.
Gavin Floyd (5-7), left after Jason Kendall’s third single of the game with two outs in the eighth. David DeJesus ruined the shutout bid with an RBI double off reliever Matt Thornton.
Chicago pitching has allowed just two runs in two games to K.C.