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Magglio Ordonez justified his All-Star selection Thursday.

Ordonez hit a double with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth to drive in the tying and winning runs as the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

The two runs raise Ordonez's season total to 66 RBIs in 80 games. He had 65 in 145 games last year, his first in the majors.

When manager Jerry Manuel stepped from the podium during the postgame media session, he said to Ordonez, waiting in the wings, "All right, superstar, go ahead."

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  • Ordonez, though, isn't taking his first All-Star selection for granted.

    "You've got to play the game," he said. "You've got to play like everybody else."

    He anticipated Don Wengert's fastball. Two games ago, Kansas City's Jeff Montgomery started Ordonez with two breaking pitches and fell behind.

    "They did the same thing today," Ordonez said. "It was 3-1 and I said, `it has to be right down the middle.' He threw me a good pitch to hit."

    The Royals took a 5-4 lead in the ninth on Carlos Beltran's two-run homer.

    Tim Byrdak (0-2) walked Liu Rodriguez to start the White Sox's ninth. Ray Durham reached on a throwing error by first baseman Mike Sweeney. One out later, Wengert walked Frank Thomas to load the bases.

    "I just made a poor throw," Sweeney said. "Physical mistakes will happen and I'll take the blame for the loss."

    Ordonez, the White Sox's lone All-Star representative, hit a 3-1 pitch from Wengert into the right-center field gap.

    Keith Foulke (1-2) picked up the win, pitching two innings of relief.

    Rookie Carlos Lee gave Chicago a 4-3 lead with a solo homer with one out in the eighth. Brook Fordyce and Frank Thomas also homered for the White Sox.

    "We battled," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "But we were plagued by the thing that has plagued us all year bad performance by the bullpen. We have to concentrate on throwing strikes. You can't defend walks and errors."

    Kansas City starter Jose Rosado, who wilrepresent the Royals in the All-Star Game, allowed four runs and nine hits in eight innings. It was only the third time in 18 starts that he allowed more than three runs.

    Sweeney had a sacrifice fly and went 0-for-3, snapping a 16-game hitting streak. He made a big defensive play in the seventh. With two outs and the game tied 3-3, the White Sox had runners at first and third. Sweeney caught Thomas' pop up in foul territory, leaning into the camera pit to make the play and end the inning.

    "I didn't really care about the hitting streak," Sweeney said. "I'm more upset about the loss."

    Sweeney's sacrifice fly came in the first. Second base umpire Chuck Meriwether was hit by a throw from center fielder Darrin Jackson on the play and had to leave the game with a bruised left knee. He returned in the fifth inning.

    "I had a little something on that throw," Jackson said jokingly.

    Fordyce hit a two-run homer, his fifth, with two outs in the Chicago second to go ahead 2-1.

    Rey Sanchez's RBI single in the fifth tied the game at 2. Beltran and Joe Randa followed with singles, with Sanchez scoring on Randa's hit, as Kansas City went ahead 3-2.

    Thomas tied the game with his 12th home run leading off the sixth, hitting the first pitch from Rosado into the left-field bleachers.

    Pat Daneker did not get a decision in his first big league start for the White Sox. He gave up three runs and seven hits and two walks in seven innings.

    "I felt like I did my job today," Daneker said. "I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be."


  • Daneker was called up from Class AA Birmingham on July 1 to fill John Snyder's spot. He pitched three innings of relief in his major league debut July 3 against Boston. Daneker, 23, was 6-7 in 15 starts for the Barons.
  • The White Sox have sold out all three weekend games against the Chicago Cubs. The White Sox swept the Cubs in their last series June 11-13 at Wrigley Field.

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