The third time was a charm for Anthony Lerew against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
In just his third start on the hill for the Kansas City Royals since being called up from Triple-A Omaha to replace injured starter Luke Hochevar, Lerew threw a gem: three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in six innings for the first big-league victory of his career.
The 3-1 win was a sharp turnaround from his effort last Tuesday in rainy Washington against the Nationals, when he gave up four earned runs and 10 hits in five-and-a-third innings.
The shutdown of the Sox was actually nearly a carbon copy of his June 17 season debut when he stopped the Astros at home in Kauffman Stadium on three hits and two runs in another solid six-inning stint.
Lerew was sharp from the outset Monday, setting the Sox down in order in the first, including a strikeout of Omar Vizquel.
He gave up a walk and a single in the second, but got out of the mini-jam by inducing fly-ball outs from Andruw Jones and Alexei Ramirez.
The Sox went down in order again in the third, fifth and sixth.
The only real blemish on Lerew's night was a two-out solo home run by Carlos Quentin, the slugger's 13th of the season.
The Northern High grad retired 13 of the last 15 men he faced.