- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - It takes a lot to rile up Royals starter Jason Vargas.

Throwing away a five-run lead in fewer than five innings did the trick.

Alexei Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also went deep and the Chicago White Sox slugged their way to a 7-6 victory over Kansas City on Monday night.

Vargas (4-2) allowed all of Chicago’s runs in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

“I don’t get too mad about a lot of things,” he said, “but given a five-run lead in the first inning and coughing it up halfway through the fifth inning, that’s not good enough to get it done. I coughed it up for us tonight.”

The Royals still had a chance to bail him out.

Matt Lindstrom, normally the White Sox closer, gave up a leadoff single to Nori Aoki in the ninth, then appeared to step awkwardly fielding a sacrifice bunt by Alcides Escobar that resulted in an error. Scott Downs entered and struck out Eric Hosmer, and then Jake Petricka picked off pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson at second base before getting Billy Butler on a groundout for his first save.

“The bullpen was great. They just continue to shine,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who was still awaiting word after the game on the severity of Lindstrom’s right ankle injury.

“It didn’t look good,” he said.

The Royals also got banged up, losing All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to a jammed right hand.

“It was real sore, real swollen,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It will probably be a couple of days. We’ll just rest it a couple of days and try to get some of that inflammation out.”

Zach Putnam (2-0) worked two shutout innings in relief of Scott Carroll for the win.

“We got behind big early, like a lot of games here in the past,” Konerko said. “But guys started taking pride in their at-bats and we started to chip away.”

Carroll, who grew up just north of Kauffman Stadium in Liberty, had a rude homecoming for the White Sox. He allowed the first five batters he faced to reach base, failed to get an out on his first 30 pitches and trailed 5-0 by the second inning.

“I was making good pitches,” he said, “and they were just finding holes.”

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