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Konerko’s late hit helps ChiSox avoid 4th sweep

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CHICAGO — Paul Konerko's second game-winning hit of the week, an RBI single in the bottom of the 14th inning, gave the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 victory Sunday over the Seattle Mariners.

Chicago avoided being swept for the fourth time this year and snapped Seattle's nine-game winning streak. The White Sox were swept two times all last year, when they won the AL Central.

The teams were tied at 1 from Bret Boone's leadoff homer in the eighth inning until the 14th, when Magglio Ordonez singled to left with two outs and then stole second with Konerko at the plate.

Konerko worked Ryan Franklin (2-1) to a full count before lining one up the gap to score Ordonez. Konerko's solo homer in the 11th inning Wednesday gave Chicago a victory over Oakland.

ROYALS 11, RED SOX 8 (11): At Boston, Jermaine Dye hit a game-tying homer in the ninth inning, and Joe Randa had a three-run shot in the 11th as Kansas City overcame Manny Ramirez's two homers.

Ramirez had a season-high five RBIs, Shea Hillenbrand was 4-for-5, and Scott Hatteberg hit a two-run homer to put Boston ahead 8-7 in the seventh.

But Derek Lowe (1-4) gave up Dye's homer with one out in the ninth — his second blown save in four opportunities — as the Red Sox lost consecutive games for the first time all season.

Lowe, who had 42 saves last season, allowed four runs and six hits in four innings.

Jose Santiago (1-0), the sixth Royals pitcher, pitched a perfect 10th inning, and Roberto Hernandez earned his fifth save.

TWINS 4, ORIOLES 0: At Minneapolis, Corey Koskie homered and drove in three runs, and J.C. Romero pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in 12 starts.

Romero (1-1) allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked three for his first win since Aug. 11, lowering his ERA from 8.56 to 5.59.

Relievers Hector Carrasco, Travis Miller, Bob Wells and LaTroy Hawkins finished the five-hitter. Hawkins got the final out to earn his eighth save.

It was Minnesota's first shutout and the third time Baltimore didn't score.

Pat Hentgen (1-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

INDIANS 9, RANGERS 2: At Cleveland, Bartolo Colon dominated the AL's best-hitting team for eight innings, and Juan Gonzalez and Marty Cordova each had three RBIs for Cleveland.

Colon (3-1) allowed just five hits and threw 132 pitches to win at home for the first time in four starts. He struck out a season-high 10 against a Texas team leading the league in average, hits, doubles and runs.

Gonzalez, among the league leaders in eight offensive categories, went 3-for-4 and has 20 RBIs in his last 17 games.

BLUE JAYS 2, ANGELS 0: At Toronto, Steve Parris pitched seven scoreless innings, and Jeff Frye hit his first homer since July for Toronto.

Anaheim starter Scott Schoeneweis (2-2) allowed just three hits through six innings before Frye ended a 0-for-16 slump with a first-pitch homer. Frye also hit an RBI single off Shigetoshi Hasegawa in the eighth.

Parris (1-2), who entered the game with a 10.45 ERA, allowed seven hits and one walk.

Kelvim Escobar pitched the eighth for Toronto, and Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

TIGERS 6, DEVIL RAYS 1: At Detroit, Dean Palmer hit a three-run homer in his first game back from the disabled list to lead Detroit.

Palmer, who had been out since April 12 with right shoulder inflammation, boosted Detroit's struggling offense. The Tigers, who entered the day 12th in the AL in scoring, got 10 hits and six runs against Tampa Bay ace Albie Lopez (3-2).

Lopez entered the game with a 1.66 ERA, the best in the AL.

Jeff Weaver (2-4) pitched eight strong innings and was helped by sound defense in gaining his first win since April 8.

Fred McGriff hit a solo homer off Weaver in the fourth — the major league-record 38th ballpark he's homered in. McGriff broke a tie with Mark McGwire, who has hit home runs in 37 parks.