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Stewart, White Sox roughed up again

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KANSAS CITY - The White Sox tied a season low with their seventh consecutive loss on Saturday night. It was the latest in a bad run of poor starts by Sox starters.

Although he didn't vent, it was obvious that manager Ozzie Guillen was not happy afterward.

"It's not one thing people want to hear, but we'll get them tomorrow,'' he said. "We'll be back here. We'll try again tomorrow, and hopefully tomorrow works.''

The Royals, who won their seventh straight game, had 18 hits. The Sox (73-78) had six.

"When you give up 17, 18, 20 hits in one game, and you miss few opportunities to score early in the game and we can't, I don't think we deserve to have a better game," Guillen said.

Zach Stewart (2-5) was tagged for five runs on 11 hits in five innings.

"Warming up, I felt like I was hitting my spots,'' Stewart said. "My breaking stuff was working and my changeup was good. And that was the thing, overall my fastball was OK. I threw the majority of strikes with that. Breaking ball and changeup, I couldn't throw a strike with the curve and the changeup was erratic. ''

Stewart came within one hit of pitching a perfect game at Minnesota two starts ago. But the Royals are a better hitting team.

"When a team is hitting this well you need to have two or three pitches working,'' Stewart said.

Mark Buehrle and Philip Humber were roughed up in the first two games of the series. John Danks will try to prevent a Royals four-game sweep on Sunday afternoon.

"The past week? No. I think we got beat up pretty good for the past 1 ½ -two weeks,'' Guillen said. "It seems like every time we're down, they score six runs, a lot of hits. Our pitching staff has been pretty good all season long. I think right now they don't throw the ball the way they want to throw the ball.

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