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Chen, Royals Too Tough For White Sox

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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Zach Stewart delivers to the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Zach Stewart delivers to the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Bruce Chen allowed two hits in eight innings and the Kansas Royals backed him with four home runs Friday night in an 11-1 romp over the Chicago White Sox.

Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur connected 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.

With manager Ozzie 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.

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.

All of the Royals’ homers came off Zach 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.

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.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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