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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jacob Petricka had been joking with White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper that they were just waiting for the right moment for the reliever to make his big league debut. How about runners on first and second and one out in a tied game in Kansas City? In extra innings, no less. Petricka induced a double-play grounder to end the Royals threat, and then watched Conor Gillaspie hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning that powered Chicago to a 4-3 victory and its first three-game sweep in Kansas City in more than four years. "We were just waiting for the right time," Petricka said with a smile. "Guess tonight was it." Addison Reed preserved Chicagos season-best sixth straight win, and the first of Petrickas career, when he left the tying run on second base for his 34th save. Reed walked Billy Butler to start the 12th, and pinch runner Jarrod Dyson swiped second base with nobody out. Reed recovered to strike out pinch hitter David Lough, and Chris Getz lined out to shortstop. Reed then retired Emilio Bonifacio on a lazy fly ball to end the game. "I felt like I had enough to get through another night," said Reed, who has closed out each of Chicagos last six wins. "If Im in, its a good thing. Im going to do everything I can to prepare myself if I need to throw the ninth tomorrow." Gillaspies homer came off Luke Hochevar (3-2), and just cleared the outstretched glove of right fielder Justin Maxwell. It bounced off a sign behind the wall and back into play, and for a moment there was some question whether it should have been a ground-rule double. "I was close," Maxwell said. "I had a pretty good bead on it." Not good enough, though. Replays showed it was clearly a homer, one that doomed the Royals to their fifth straight loss and eighth in the last 10 games overall. "Theyre grown men. Theyve got to pull themselves out of it," Royals manager Ned Yost said of the slide. "Theyve got to find a way to get out of this." Emilio Bonifacio, Alcides Escobar and Jamey Carroll each drove in a run for the Royals in the fifth inning. Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Josh Phegley had RBIs for the White Sox. Early on, James Shields and Carlos Quintana were engaged in quite a pitching duel. Shields worked around a pair of singles in the first, and then retired 10 straight White Sox batters before Avisail Garcia singled to lead off the fifth. Quintana set down the first nine Royals he faced, including four strikeouts in the first two innings. His run ended with a leadoff single by Alex Gordon in the fourth. The Royals finally broke through in the fifth inning in very Royals-esque fashion. The light-hitting club managed to load the bases on a walk by Billy Butler and back-to-back singles by Maxwell and Mike Moustakas. Bonifacio followed with an RBI single, and Escobar and Carroll added back-to-back sacrifice flies to give the Royals a 3-0 lead. Yep, three runs on a walk, three singles and two sacrifice flies. The White Sox got two of the runs back in the sixth. The first came home on a one-out single by Ramirez, and the second on a blooper to centre by Viciedo that fell just beyond the outstretched glove of Escobar retreating from shortstop and just in front of centre fielder Dyson. Phegleys double off first base and into right field tied it in the seventh. Shields and Quintana were both done after seven innings. Shields allowed nine hits and struck out eight without a walk, while Quintana allowed four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. "You never want to get swept. We had a great effort tonight. We just have to keep grinding it out," Shields said. "Weve got a lot of character in this team. We dont have any quit in us. Weve just got to keep grinding it out." NOTES: White Sox 1B Paul Konerko was scratched just before first pitch. He complained of light-headedness. ... 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He finished with 30 saves. "Varly really bailed us out at the end there," MacKinnon said. "We knew theyre a resilient team. Next time we play them, if we get up, weve got to step on the pedal a little bit more." With his two-goal burst, MacKinnon moved past San Joses Tomas Hertl for most points (26) among rookies. Hertl is sidelined after undergoing surgery earlier this week to repair damaged ligaments in his right knee. Think about that rookie scoring race? "A little bit, when it gets announced on the Jumbotron," MacKinnon said. "But thats not my focus." These days, about the only thing MacKinnon cant do is cook. Thats why McGinn stepped in. MacKinnon usually lives in backup goalie Jean-Sebastien Gigueres basement. But Giguere had family in and MacKinnon stayed with McGinn. "So I was cooking this morning," McGinn said. "He said he doesnt know how to cook. Well let that slide." The Avalanche have 56 points at the halfway point of the season, second-most in team history behind the 2000-01 Stanley Cup team. Still, theres plenty of season left as they try to return to the post-season after a three-year drought. "Everybody is pushing hard," first-year coach Patrick Roy said. "Everybody wants to give ourselves a chance to make the playoffs." Erik Johnson scored a fluke goal at 5:45 of the second when the puck bounced past Antti Niemi. That gaffe ended the goaltenders day and frustrated his coach Todd McLellan so much that he inserted backup Alex Stalock, who promptly allowed MacKinnons second goal 14 seconds later to make it a 4-0 game.dddddddddddd That didnt make McLellan any happier. "Ive gone after our team in the new year, try to hold them very accountable," McLellan said. "The goaltenders are part of that. Cant keep going toward the forwards or the D men." Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture had goals for the Sharks. Couture made it a one-goal game at 5:44 of the third when he knocked in a loose puck over a sprawled out Varlamov. The Sharks pulled Stalock with just over a minute left for an extra skater, only to struggle to get the puck into Colorados zone. And when they did, Varlamov turned it aside. Jan Hejda was whistled for interference with 4:02 remaining and Pavelski had a chance to tie it, getting open in the slot, but Varlamov stopped it with his chest, along with a rebound. It was quite an entertaining second period for the fans who braved the chill and the snow to show up at the Pepsi Center. The opening part of the period was all Avalanche as McGinn scored off a Sharks turnover, Johnson added another on a knuckleball of a shot that skipped past Niemi and MacKinnon knocked in a wrist shot to stake Colorado to a four-goal lead. On the ensuing faceoff, Andrew Desjardins struck John Mitchell in the groin with his stick, setting off a scuffle at centre ice. That seemed to fire up the listless Sharks, who quickly scored two goals to make it a 4-2 game at the end of the second period. Desjardins said after the game he didnt hit Mitchell on purpose. "Its more like when the guys come together and you try to push the guys hands away and my stick I guess caught him in an unfortunate spot," Desjardins said. Take anything away from the rally that fell short? "We expended or used up a lot of energy to come within one," said McLellan, whose team plays in Chicago on Sunday. "Were in the midst of a tough schedule, played guys down the stretch an awful lot and still (came up) short. We play tomorrow and we used up a lot of gas today." NOTES: Marleau also had two assists. ... Colorado F Paul Stastny contributed two assists as nine different Avs players had at least a point. ... At 18 years, 125 days, MacKinnon is the youngest player in franchise history to score two goals in a game. 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