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Royals shut out by Sox pitching again

Royals shut out by Sox pitching again

CHICAGO -- Anybody see any nice juicy pitches right down Central? Not from Lance Broadway.

Broadway, making his first Major League start, evaded the Royals' bats for six innings on Thursday night as the Chicago White Sox won, 10-0, with 34,477 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.

He bested the Royals' Billy Buckner in a matchup of rookie right-handers. Buckner was making his fifth start in the Majors.

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The loss might have doomed the Royals to a last-place finish for the fourth straight year. They trail the fourth-place White Sox by two games with three games remaining for each club.

Royals manager Buddy Bell was exceedingly brief in his postgame comments.

"It was a bad game. Buckner gave up some runs early. We didn't swing the bats again. Got shut out for the second night in a row," Bell said.

"Not much else to say."

Broadway, from Grand Prairie, Texas, gave up just two hits in his six innings.

"He was mixing some pitches -- some sliders, some changeups," ventured Mark Teahen. "Average fastball but, you know, we didn't do much with it."

Broadway was in a jam just once. Ross Gload walked to start the second inning and Alex Gordon singled, breaking a 0-for-22 dirge. But Broadway struck out three straight batters -- Jason Smith, John Buck and Joey Gathright.

In fact, Broadway struck out eight -- the most by a White Sox pitcher in his first start since Ravelo Manzanillo also struck out eight. You guessed it -- against the Royals on Sept. 25, 1988.

Against relievers Matt Thornton and Bobby Jenks in the last three innings, the Royals accomplished absolutely nothing. They lost 3-0 to Jon Garland on Wednesday night and these were their first back-to-back shutouts since July 18-19, 2006, at Boston -- both 1-0.

The Royals, who had experienced a turnaround and were in fourth place and just 13 games under .500 on Aug. 31, have experienced a poor September. They are just 8-17 this month and have slid back into the cellar.

Buckner was in trouble early. Josh Fields singled and Jim Thome walked. On the next pitch, Paul Konerko reached the left-field bleachers for his 30th homer. Just like that, the White Sox had a 3-0 first-inning lead.

By the sixth, the White Sox were up 6-0 and Buckner's fifth Major League start was over. He surrendered six hits and walked two.

"I thought I had good stuff. They just kind of put some things together and got some runs out of it," Buckner said.

Catcher John Buck believed that Buckner did rather well, all things considered.

"They just kind of nipped at him and nipped at him," Buck said. "It wasn't that they really pounded him."

Three runs were charged against Royals lefty Jorge De La Rosa in the seventh inning. He walked three batters and all three scored when his relief, David Riske, gave up a two-run double to Luis Terrero and a two-run single to A.J. Pierzynski.

Really, this night belonged to Broadway.

"Slider or cutter, just couldn't figure it," Butler said. "I didn't swing at many strikes."

Evidently Broadway threw nothing right down Central.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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