White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Monday afternoon he wasn't sure his team could fill the shoes of first baseman Jose Abreu during his stint on the disabled list.

But it certainly helps to have one of the Sox's all-time offensive leaders to take over the spot.

Paul Konerko, who will see extra playing time while Abreu is out with left ankle inflammation, hit the winning two-run home run Monday night at Kauffman Stadium, and Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo also hit homers to push the Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Royals, a needed outburst given that the Sox had won just two of their previous eight games entering the three-game series.

Konerko said he wasn't thinking about going big when he hit his second homer of the season about 412 feet to center field in the fifth inning for a 7-6 Sox lead.

"I certainly didn't think I was going to hit a home run on it. I didn't feel that good," Konerko said. "But I felt pretty good. I felt competitive, and in this ballpark, I think the wind was helping a little bit."

Sox left-hander Chris Sale joked Monday that someone needed to disinfect the team's clubhouse to stop the injury bug from continuing to creep through the roster.

Unfortunately for the Sox, closer Matt Lindstrom became the latest afflicted, leaving with an apparent foot or ankle injury in the ninth inning. The Sox didn't have details on his condition after the game, but Ventura said, "It didn't look good."

After right-hander Scott Carroll became the third straight Sox starter to allow at least four runs in the first two innings of a game, the Sox have to be hoping that the bug is at least out of Sale's system so they can add the ace back to the rotation.

Carroll gave up five first-inning runs and six overall, bringing Sox starters' totals to 18 earned runs over 142/3 innings pitched over the last three games. Sale, on the disabled list with a left flexor muscle strain, said he feels ready to return but will wait for the team's decision after his bullpen session Tuesday.