Royals 11, White Sox 1

Bruce Chen enjoys U.S. Cellular Field, especially since he’s

figured out how to pitch on the home field of Chicago White

Sox.

”I know it’s a hitter’s park, but if you keep the ball down,

you give yourself a chance,” Chen said.

Chen allowed only two hits in eight strong innings and the

Kansas City Royals hit four homers off Zach Stewart to rout the

White Sox 11-1 Friday night.

Jeff Francoeur, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar

also homered for the Royals. Kansas City has won nine of 11 overall

in a late-season surge.

Chen (12-8) finished 3-1 this season against the White Sox, with

all three of the wins at U.S. Cellular Field. His lone loss to

Chicago came last Sunday in Kansas City, when he gave up nine hits

and four runs in 5 1-3 innings.

The only hit allowed by Chen through the first six innings was

an infield single by Dayan Viciedo in the second. It was a grounder

in the hole that third baseman Mike Moustakas fielded, and he spun

around and threw high to first. Paul Konerko hit his 31st homer in

the seventh inning.

Chen walked one and struck out four. Vin Mazzaro pitched a

hitless ninth.

”Bruce has been good against us and pitching well all year

long. Now it’s no mystery,” said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen,

who was Chen’s teammate with Atlanta in the late 1990s. ”He owns

the White Sox.”

With Guillen’s future unclear, Chicago has lost 10 of 13. And

Friday night’s defeat left the White Sox at 76-81, ensuring they

won’t have a winning record despite a $127 million payroll.

”Obviously it’s been a very tough season for everyone,”

Guillen said.

Hosmer hit a solo shot in the second, his 19th of the season.

Perez had a three-run drive in the fourth, his third of the season,

and Escobar followed one batter later with his fourth homer of the

season.

Francoeur connected for his 20th of the season, a two-run shot,

in the fifth to reach the 20-20 plateau. He also has 22 steals.

”It was a lot of fun. It’s something I really wanted to

accomplish,” Francoeur said.

”It’s been a good year. To be able to do that tonight. I credit

Seitz (hitting coach Kevin Seitzer), and with the base stealing,

Siss (first base coach Doug Sisson) gets all that (credit). I came

in the first day of camp and he was on my butt about stealing

bases. He told me I’d steal 20. I didn’t believe him.”

Stewart, who gave up 12 hits and nine runs and also committed

two errors in four-plus innings. Stewart (2-6) lost for the third

straight time since pitching a one-hit shutout against the Twins on

Sept. 5.

”It’s very frustrating. … it just makes you sick all the way

around,” Stewart said.

Kansas City finished with 18 hits, four by Moustakas.

NOTES: CF Lorenzo Cain made his Royals’ debut after spending the

season with Triple-A Omaha and had two hits. Cain was acquired in a

trade that sent Zack Greinke to Milwaukee. He played 43 games for

the Brewers last season … Everett Teaford (2-0) will pitch in

Saturday’s game against the White Sox. John Danks (7-12) goes for

Chicago. Teaford beat the White Sox last Saturday in KC, giving up

four hits and a run over six innings. Danks is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA

in three starts against the Royals this season and 4-0 with a 2.63

ERA in his career against the Royals.