KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is fed up with his underachieving ballclub.
Sergio Santos threw a wild pitch in the 11th inning that allowed Alex Gordon to score, giving the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
``This team is one day we're good, three days we're bad,' Guillen said. ``We don't have any energy in the dugout. ... We're going to Cleveland and the way we're going there, good luck. We're wasting our money.'
Guillen added: ``It was very bad, very bad. Nothing against this Kansas City club. They've got a good young ballclub. The way we go about our business here ... If we go to Cleveland that way, and we've got to play New York, Boston and Detroit, good luck.'
Billy Butler swung at a slider in the dirt that got away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon came home and scored with a headfirst slide to give the Royals their 10th win in the final at-bat.
``I thought I did everything right,' Pierzynski said. ``It just kicked off my glove. I thought I had done everything to block it. It's frustrating. You do everything right. Sergio threw a slider and it hit in a good spot and kicked off my glove.'
Said Santos: ``A.J. has done a good job all year blocking pitches. As a relief pitcher you don't have the luxury of working batters. You have to go with the best from the get go. I was missing low. It's a tough loss.'
Chris Sale (2-1) retired the first two batters before walking Gordon, who went to third on Mitch Maier's single. Santos then replaced Sale.
The White Sox scored only three runs in 20 innings in losing the past two games to the Royals, who have the worst record in the American League.
``Even the best teams don't have energy every day,' said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko. ``You play six months with 15 off days all year there are going to be some days where it seems like you lack energy. It's on those days you've got to find a way to get the win.'
White Sox starter John Danks yielded five singles in seven scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead that the bullpen failed to hold. Danks walked one, struck out six and did not allow a Royals player to reach third base.
Danks was making his first start since June 25 when he left in the second inning against Washington with a strained right oblique and went on the disabled list. After starting the season 0-8 with a 5.25 earned run average, Danks is 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA in his past five starts.
``If you had told me in spring training we'd be where we are now I wouldn't believe it,' Danks said. ``We haven't played to expectations. We've played well enough to hang around. We're in position to make a run, but still it's only so long that we can say that before we have to do it. We still believe we can be the team to beat.'
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen held the White Sox hitless for the first four innings before Carlos Quentin led off the fifth with his 19th home run. Quentin hit a 1-0 pitch just a few feet inside the foul pole. Quentin was hit by a pitch from Chen in the second inning. He has been hit by 20 pitches, tops in the American League.
That would be the only run Chen would allow in eight innings. He yielded three singles besides Quentin's home run, walked two, struck out four and hit three batters.
The Royals tied the score in the eighth off relievers Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain. Gordon led off the inning with a single, advanced to third on Butler's single to center and scored on Jeff Francoeur's double to center with one out. After Eric Hosmer was walked intentionally to load the bases, Crain struck out Brayan Pena. Sale was brought in to face Moustakas, who grounded out to Paul Konerko to end the inning.
Juan Pierre's bunt single in the White Sox sixth extended his hitting streak to 12 games, matching his season high.
NOTES: White Sox DH Adam Dunn did not play Wednesday because of a sore knee. ``A couple of days off hopefully will help him,' Guillen said. White Sox RHP Tony Pena, who went on the disabled list May 29 with elbow tendinitis, is going to Chicago to see a doctor. ``He's got some kind of problem in his arm,' Guillen said. ``That's what I hear. The doctor will reevaluate him to see what is wrong.' The Royals traded INF Wilson Betemit to Detroit for two young minor leaguers - LHP Antonio Cruz, 19, and C Julio Rodriguez, who turns 22 Aug. 3. The Royals recalled INF Mike Aviles, who hit .309 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 35 games with Triple-A Omaha, to take Betemit's spot on the roster. Royals CF Melky Cabrera left after seven innings with a stomach virus. He was replaced by Maier. The White Sox optioned rookie LHP Hector Santiago to Double-A Birmingham to make roster space for Danks.
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