KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
's towering home runs kept Chicago close, then the
went ahead without so much as a pitch being thrown.
Fighting back from a 5-0 deficit Wednesday night, the
scored the go-ahead run on
's eighth-inning balk to beat the
Kansas City Royals
''He balked,'' said Kansas City manager Trey Hillman. ''He started and stopped. It was accurately called.''
Trailing 6-5, the
got their leadoff runner on when
walked against reliever
Cabrera stole second and third, and after Tejeda walked Quentin,
's single tied the game. Plate umpire Dan Iassogna called a balk on Ramirez moments later, allowing Quentin to score the go-ahead
''We've been fighting all year,'' said Quentin, Chicago's All-Star left fielder who was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs
scored. ''Our energy level has been good day-in and day-out. That's one thing our coaching staff has really stressed to the
Not all was well with the
There appeared to be a scuffle in the dugout between Cabrera and
, who was batting when Cabrera stole second and third, though nobody would say what it was about.
''A little bit of a misunderstanding,'' Dye said. ''When you're together for so long, things like that happen. When all was
said and done, we came up and hugged and got over it. I'm not going into what it was about. It was just a little something.''
said he had no problem with either player.
''When you're a man, you say what you feel,'' he said. ''You agree to disagree and you move on. I don't want good guys. I
want winners. Good guys finish last. I want guys who go out there and bust their tails and back each other up. This is a family,
and when you live with a family so long, you fight. It was just a misunderstanding.''
Tejeda (0-2) lost for the second night in a row, this time without giving up a hit.
(3-0) got one out for the win, and
struck out the side in the ninth for his first save in three opportunities for the AL Central leaders.
Quentin hit his 20th home run in the fourth inning off starter
to begin the
rally. Quentin added a second homer off Bannister in the sixth, helping send Chicago to its 11th win in 13 games.
''Quentin did a good job on two good pitches,'' Bannister said. ''He ducks so low in his stance, there's almost no strike
Bannister walked Cabrera leading off the game, got the next batter to ground into a double play, and did not allow another
doubled with one out in the fourth and the Royals already ahead 5-0.
Quentin then hit his first homer, and Bannister retired six straight until Swisher walked with one out in the sixth and rode
home on Quentin's second shot, a 398-foot drive on a 1-1 pitch that brought the
to within 6-4.
''Other than the home runs and two doubles, Bannister did a great job,'' Hillman said. ''It's discouraging to see the same
mistake made to the same hitter for the kind of damage, four RBIs in that situation with the lead.''
chased Bannister with an RBI double with two out in the seventh, after Thome walked leading off.
singled home a run in the first for Kansas City, and a second run scored when
bounced into a double play.
's sacrifice fly against
starter Javier Vasquez made it 3-0 in the second, the Royals handed Bannister a 5-0 lead on
's two-run single.
Buck added a solo home run in the fourth off Vasquez, putting the Royals on top 6-2.
Notes: Before the game, a small airplane circled the stadium trailing a sign urging fans to vote Dye onto the All-Star team.
The plane was paid for by the
. ... Thome's walk in the seventh was No. 1,509 of his career, moving him past
for 15th all time. ... Every Kansas City batter reached base.