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Greinke leads Royals to win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Zack Greinke may have ended the debate over whether he should be a starter or reliever.\nGreinke struck out a career-high 10 and pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, leading the Kansas City Royals over the Chicago White Sox 3-0 Thursday.\nGreinke (7-6) made his sixth start since rejoining the rotation Aug. 24 and allowed just one runner past first base.\nHe began the season as a starter, but after getting hit hard May 6 in a loss at Detroit, he was shifted to the bullpen with a 1-4 record. Greinke worked in relief for much of the next four months.\n“I feel like I’m a starter, but other people make that decision,” Greinke said. “The main thing was to get my pitch count down and go deep into the game.”\nHe became the first Kansas City pitcher to reach double digits in strikeouts since Odalis Perez fanned 10 at Boston on Sept. 8 last year.\n“That is something I wouldn’t have been able to do in the past,” Greinke said. “Since I’ve moved to the bullpen, I’ve been striking out guys better. Ten is a real lot. I never would have imagined that when the season started, me striking out 10 in a game, ’cause I just couldn’t miss that many bats.”\nCatcher John Buck believes Greinke should remain in \nthe rotation.\n“He made a pretty good case for himself,” Buck said. “I’m convinced. I had the best seat in the house. There were a lot of dominating pitches on a team that scored 11 runs in one inning (Monday). He was pretty dominant the whole day.”\nJoakim Soria followed with a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 21 chances, as Kansas City (66-86) moved back ahead of Chicago (66-87) and out of last place in the AL Central.\n“Greinke has an electric fastball,” White Sox catcher Toby Hall said. “It just jumped out of his hand, good slider, good curve.”\nJon Garland (9-13) gave up three runs and six hits in eight innings. He had been 8-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his previous 11 starts against the Royals.\n“You won’t see a better pitching duel,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We didn’t come close to scoring against Greinke, maybe one time. He pitched well. Garland threw the ball good.”\nGarland has a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts overall but is 1-3, with the White Sox totaling three runs in the three losses.\n“If I give my team a quality start, I feel I’m doing my job,” Garland said. “I was throwing everything for a strike. I’m not very overpowering, but when I can throw all my pitches and keep those guys off balance, they couldn’t sit on one pitch.”\nBefore a crowd of 10,264, the Royals’ third-lowest at home this season, the game was played in 1 hour 55 minutes – the fastest nine-inning game for Kansas City since May 10, 2005, at Toronto (1:44).\nKansas City broke a 21-inning scoreless streak with a two-run sixth.\nBuck and Tony Pena Jr. hit doubles – the latter on an 0-2 pitch after Pena twice failed to get down a bunt. David DeJesus grounded out, and Esteban German hit a sacrifice fly.\n“It’s been a while,” Buck said of snapping an 0-for-12 rut with two hits. “It’s nice to see one of those hit the outfield grass.”\nJerry Owens doubled for Chicago leading off the fourth and Juan Uribe sacrificed, but Jim Thome and Paul Konerko struck out.\n“In the bullpen, I’ve been pitching in tough situations like that,” Greinke said. “I kind of figured on how to get out of jams like that, where in the past I might try to do too much. Thome can really hurt you, but he strikes out a lot, too.”

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