KANSAS CITY -- It's about time.
The White Sox won for the first time in over a week and snapped a seven-game losing streak against a pitcher who had been untouchable against the South Siders this season, winning 10-5 over the Royals.
Chicago finally got a decent outing from its starter, finally woke up offensively and the kicker was beating Bruce Chen, who had allowed just two runs and nine hits in 20 innings over three prior starts against the Sox this season.
"We got big hits, something we've been missing the last couple of weeks," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Most of the time when we had people on base, we did not get the big hit."
The White Sox jumped out to an early lead, but had to fight off a pesky Royals offense. Up 6-4 in the eighth, Paul Konerko drove in a run with a single and A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run shot to right for a 10-4 lead -- and his second home run of the day. And after going 13-for-86 with runners in scoring position prior to Sunday, the Sox were 5-of-9 in the win.
Konerko and Pierzynski hit back-to-back solo shots off Louis Coleman in the seventh. It's the fifth time Konekro has had a 30-homer, 100-RBI season and the seventh time he has hit 30 dingers in a season. It was the third time this season the Sox hit back-to-back home runs. For Pierzynski, it was his fourth career multi-homer game.
"A.J. had a great night, I was very excited about PK, being maybe the only bright thing we have here this year," Guillen said. "Thirty home runs, 100-plus RBIs with really no protection. Very happy for him."
"I think the last couple of years I've been switching up what the goals are and that's, to me, is to show up for as many games, 150-plus games," Konerko said of his feat. "I think if I do that and I stay healthy and I make those approach goals more of my goals, that the by-product will be run producing."
Kansas City scored to pull within two runs in the seventh and put runners on second and third with no outs. Chris Sale came in and popped out Mike Moustakas -- who had two home runs in the series -- to end the threat. The Royals added a run in the ninth off Sergio Santos, who was shaky, allowing three hits.
With the Sox up 4-2, the Royals pulled to within one run in the sixth, as Johnny Giavotella tripled in a run. John Danks kept him at third by getting a weak groundout for the first out, and then Brent Morel threw Giavotella out at home on another groundout. Chicago escaped the frame up 4-3.
"We had a lot of opportunities to pick up runs and we didn't do it," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Danks went six innings, leaving the game after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. He held the Royals to three runs on 10 hits, and turned in the best performance of any Chicago pitcher in the series. The rest of the White Sox starters all allowed at least five earned runs in their starts.
He also got the benefit of pitching with a lead, a luxury Chicago's other three starters didn't enjoy much this series.
"It's huge," Danks said. "It definitely gives us a chance to take a deep breath and just go out there and throw strikes, feel confident and aggressive."
Adam Dunn smoked a double to right field to score Alex Rios in the fourth to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. It was Dunn's first RBI since Aug. 8 against Baltimore -- a span of 14 games for the struggling slugger. He went 2-for-5 and had his fifth and sixth hits against left-handed pitching (6-for-90) this season.
"I think he got more hits off lefties the last couple of days than he had all year long," Guillen said. "That's pretty good."
Chicago loaded the bases with one out after Dunn's double, scoring another run on a sacrifice fly from Gordon Beckham to take a 4-0 lead. It was the first game in which the White Sox scored two or more runs in multiple innings, since a Sept. 10 win over the Indians.
Chicago tagged Chen for four runs on nine hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. They added another six runs off the Kansas City bullpen.
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez made an outstanding defensive play to end the fourth inning. Giavotella hit a grounder that Morel popped into the air off his glove near third. Ramirez alertly snagged the ball out of the air and threw to second base for a forceout.
The win prevented Chicago from dropping what would have been a season-high eight games in a row. The Sox had lost seven straight one other time this season, from April 13-20.
"I feel like all these games here, sometime when you get knocked out, even if it's not mathematically, but you know the writing's on the wall, it takes a few days to readjust and get focused again," Konerko said. "I felt like we've done that the last, going even back to the Detroit series. But that doesn't mean you're instantly going to win and things are going to happen for you."
And of course, Guillen was happy to beat Chen, after being baffled at his team's struggles against the Royals veteran.
"It's about time, we've seen him so much and he's had so much success against our team," Guillen said.
Adam Holt is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.