CHICAGO (AP) -When
is on, few pitchers are better.
The 30-year-old right-hander had his best start of the season Tuesday night, giving the short-handed
Chicago White Sox
staff a much-needed boost by throwing eight scoreless innings in a 9-0 victory over the
Kansas City Royals
''We needed it,''
said. ''When he gets ahead of the count and makes sure he's around the plate, this is the type of game you see from him.''
There were no blowups between the teams which brawled when they last saw each other on Aug. 3. There were a lot of
hit a two-run homer,
and A.J. Pierzynski added solo shots and the
added five runs in the eighth for a rare blowout win.
Vazquez (9-10) matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts, gave up five hits and walked one to win for the second time in
nine starts. Vazquez hadn't won at home since beating Pittsburgh on June 17, and was 1-5 since, with the victory coming against
the Royals on Aug. 1.
''I felt like I've been throwing the ball well the last few starts, but a mistake here or there cost me,'' Vazquez said. ''Today
I didn't have any mistakes. ... I feel really strong and healthy and we have only two months left. Important months, too.''
Pierzynski said he could call all of Vazquez's pitches, which isn't always the case with the often erratic veteran.
''He found his changeup again, which had kind of been gone for a little while,'' Pierzynski said. ''He had his normal slider
and his slow curveball that he can throw with two strikes. He pretty much had four pitches going all night.''
's sixth shutout and first since beating the
Los Angeles Dodgers
2-0 on June 26.
have won the first game of the series the last two times against Kansas City but lost the series, making Guillen a little
wary about celebrating.
''The main thing to me is how we play tomorrow,'' Guillen said. ''The last two series we face Kansas City, we do the same
thing. We win the first game and all of a sudden we lose the series. I hope these guys remember that the way I do.''
(7-11) lost his fifth straight decision. He gave up four hits, three for home runs. He struck out seven and walked two in
seven innings. Bannister is winless in his last eight starts since beating Colorado on June 23.
''I liked his tempo and his rhythm,'' Royals manager Trey Hillman said. ''Other than the mistakes that he made for the home
runs, he pitched much better.''
''I feel like there is progress being made,'' Bannister said. ''There's not a ton of results right now, but I think I'm getting
closer to where I need to be to help this team win a lot more ballgames in the future.''
Dye's 28th homer came in the first inning, scoring
. Swisher added his 17th in the fifth, and Pierzynski hit his 10th in the sixth. The
are 37-13 when they hit multiple homers.
''That's the only way we're going to win,'' Guillen said with a laugh. ''I think this team's built around home run hitters.
I just hope people are on base when we hit home runs.''
put up five runs against
in the eighth, thanks to some shoddy fielding by the Royals. With one out and a runner on third, Royals shortstop
let Pierzynski's fly to shallow center drop next to him for a standup double, scoring
. Dye followed with an RBI double and left fielder
then committed a two-base error, dropping
's fly ball at the wall.
''We didn't help him a whole lot,'' Hillman said of Newman, who was making his first appearance since getting called up Sunday
after the Royals dealt reliever
. ''There were two balls that definitely should have been caught and we couldn't find the handle.''
drove in Dye from third with a sacrifice fly and
added a run-scoring double.
, just called up from the minors Sunday, ripped an RBI single to center in his first major league at-bat.
The Royals' first two hits were ripped past first for extra bases.
tripled off the glove of a diving Konerko with two outs in the second and Aviles doubled with two out in the third. Vazquez
were without outfielder
, who was a late scratch with soreness in his left forearm. Swisher started in left and Konerko at first. Guillen said Quentin
will miss Wednesday's game as well.
Notes: Vazquez has struck out 10 four times this year and 37 times in his career. ... Royals LHP
, who hasn't pitched since last Thursday after experiencing pain in his left foot, threw before the game and reported no pain.
Hillman said Mahay is still day-to-day. ... OF
, who sat out Sunday's 5-4 win over Minnesota with a sore hip, was back in the Royals' lineup, batting third. ... Quentin
has been hit by a pitch in five straight games- the first player since 1920 with that long a streak, according to the Elias
Sports Bureau. ... Guillen said he expects injured 3B
(back) to being a much-delayed rehab stint this week. ... The Royals have lost five of six.