CHICAGO (AP) -
's long three-run homer started it. Shortly after he returned to the dugout, the parade really got going.
hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning to tie a major league record and the
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
9-2 Thursday, completing a three-game sweep.
Thome and Konerko went deep on consecutive pitches from
, and Ramirez chased the right-hander with his 11th of the season.
entered and promptly gave up a longball to
, homerless in his previous 107 at-bats.
The back-to-back-to-back-to-back shots tied a major league record - the sixth time it's been accomplished.
''It was great. We kind of exploded,'' said Thome, whose homer was his 25th of the season and No. 532 for his career.
''It was kind of cool to sit back there and watch all that happen.''
came to bat with the chance to make it five straight but struck out to end the inning. Hall, who was with the Dodgers when
they hit four straight homers against the Padres in 2006, admitted he was trying to get another.
''That was the first time that I tried doing it. I was all in,'' Hall said.
Boston Red Sox
were the last team to hit four straight, doing it against the
New York Yankees
on April 22, 2007.
The Royals were trailing 3-2 before Chicago's power surge made it 9-2 in a hurry.
''I don't believe I've ever seen that, especially between two pitchers,'' Royals manager Trey Hillman said. ''I don't believe
I've ever seen four in a row between two pitchers and that many runs given up in a one-run ballgame with two outs.''
''It's more of a quirky thing,'' Konerko said. ''You see a lot of special things, whether it's a guy hitting his 500th home
run. This was more like you probably won't see it again. You might see it once if you play the game for 10 or 15 years.''
Peralta didn't enjoy being part of the record.
''The first two you don't feel it. The third one is the one you start feeling it, three in a row,'' he said. ''That's the
first time it's happened to me.''
extended a much more painful streak in the first inning, when he was hit by a pitch from
(5-4). Quentin, who leads the AL with 32 homers, has been plunked in his last six games and a major league-high 20 times this
''Carlos is a hit magnet. ... The way he hits, (he) stands over the plate,''
said. ''If Carlos gets hit the way he gets hit, I don't mind that. But if he gets hit the way I don't think he should get
hit, then it's a problem.''
Quentin, who sat out for two days after he was hit by Boston's
on Monday night, is the only player since 1920 to be hit by a pitch in six straight games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
(1-0) settled down after a shaky start and allowed two run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to win his first start of the season.
His reward: He was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte after the game because the
need another reliever.
''It's better than going back with a loss. I got up here, got a win, things are pretty good,'' Broadway said. ''They need
some bullpen help. It's fine with me.''
Kansas City got to Broadway in the first after being shut out in the first two games of the series. Broadway allowed the first
two batters to reach and
hit a one-out, two-run single.
Chicago responded in the second.
had an RBI single and
added a two-out, two-run double to give the
a 3-2 lead.
had a 13-pitch at-bat in the first inning, including seven foul balls. He eventually grounded out to end the inning but ran
Broadway's opening-inning pitch count all the way to 26. ...
was out of the starting lineup. He will make his return to Oakland this weekend for the first time since he was traded from
the A's to the
in the offseason. ... Royals OF
, who is mired in a 1-for-16 slump since missing five games with a sore lower back, was given the day off.