CHICAGO — Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the Chicago White Sox surged into first place in the American League Central with a 15-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Andruw Jones hit his 400th career homer during a seven-run, four homer third inning for Chicago, which moved atop the division after trailing the Twins by 9 1/2 games on June 8.
During the seven-game homestand, Quentin was 7 for 13 with six home runs and 11 RBIs. Quentin, who had two home runs in the win on Saturday, had three multihomer games during the homestand. He missed three games because a sore left knee.
Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo also homered for the White Sox (49-38), who have won eight straight and 25 of 30. Chicago moved a half-game ahead of Detriot for first.
After a four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Angels, the White Sox capped the homestand off with a three-game sweep over the Royals.
Royals starter Anthony Lerew got two outs in the third inning then was tagged for four home runs. After missing on two big swings, Rios connected for his 15th homer on an 0-2 pitch. Then Quentin followed on a 3-1 pitch to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead. Mark Kotsay continued the third inning with a single and A.J. Pierzynski walked, then Jones hit his milestone home run into the left-field bullpen. Viciedo chased Lerew with a longball deep to left.
The four home runs in the inning tied a franchise record for the sixth time. The White Sox last hit four home runs in an inning Aug. 14, 2008, against the Royals.
In the sixth inning, Quentin tagged reliever Victor Marte for a grand slam. It was his 19th homer of the season. Quentin received a curtain call from the 29,040 fans.
Lerew started in place of Zack Greinke, who was scratched from the start for precautionary reasons because of a sore right shoulder. Greinke is expected to start the first game back from the All-Star break on July 16 against Oakland.
Lerew (1-3) allowed eight runs on nine hits in 2 2-3 innings.
Jones passed Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 46th place on the all-time home run list.
Before the game, Chicago called up right-hander Daniel Hudson from Triple-A Charlotte to start in place of Jake Peavy, who is scheduled for season-ending surgery on Wednesday.
Hudson didn't stay around long enough to earn the victory.
He gave up a two-run homer to Jose Guillen in the fourth inning. In the fifth, he allowed two runs on three hits, including an RBI single to Scott Podsednik that ended his day.
Hudson allowed five runs on six hits in four-plus innings.
Tony Pena (3-1) pitched three-hit ball for three innings.
Jose Guillen homered for the Royals, who have been swept three times on the season.