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White Sox 5, Royals 4: After the storm, Flowers bloom at home

After seven straight losses at home dating back to July, the White Sox finally stole a rainy one at The Cell behind a solid performance from Peavy, who pitched 6.2 innings and hung in the game for a long (for him) 115 pitches.  Thanks largely to an impressive Sox defense, Peavy's only troublesome inning was the 5th; in which the Royals batted around the lineup and scored all of their four runs on singles.  The Royals' 5th inning put the Sox behind 4-2 after they'd been leading on a 3rd inning 2-run homer by Paulie.  But the Sox bullpen of Crain and Sale once again shut down the late innings and allowed the offense to climb back against a tired Hochevar and the Royals bullpen, who didn't exactly clean up Hochevar's mess when he left in the 7th with two men on and no outs yet registered. 

Tyler Flowers hit his first major league home run in the bottom of the 5th to put the Sox within a run; and a Q-double in the 7th scored Pierre to tie the game at 4.  Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow then walked Alexei to load the bases before walking De Aza and scoring Vizquel to give the Sox the lead.  

After another rain delay, Sale threw a scoreless ninth for the save and gave the Sox their first home victory since the win that began the Boston series in late-July.

* Adam Dunn is out until Tuesday, due to a death in the family.

* Ozzie Guillen doesn't expect Konerko to play in the field until Wednesday.

* Guillen does expect A.J. Pierzynski to start Tuesday.

Record 59-60 | Box