Royals Shutout White Sox 5-0
CHICAGO — Kansas City Royals right-handed starter Luke Hochevar pitched a beauty, and the Royals managed to turn the tables on the Chicago White Sox Saturday night, blanking them 5-0.
Hochevar (3-3, 7.20 ERA) turned in a dominant performance on Saturday. Pitching with a three-run lead out of the gate, he gave up no runs on three hits in 7 innings of work, striking out five and walking one.
Kansas City (12-20, 8-7 away) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, after a throwing error by White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham scored Royals left fielder Alex Gordon. Designated hitter Billy Butler and right fielder Jeff Francoeur both chipped in with one RBI apiece.
The White Sox (16-18, 6-10 home) managed just three total hits for the entire game. Royals reliever Greg Holland (9.82 ERA) struck out three and walked one in the eighth, and Aaron Crow (2.76 ERA) struck out two and walked two in the ninth.
White Sox left-handed starter Chris Sale (3-2, 3.08) gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 innings of work, striking out three and walking two.
The rubber-match of this series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Royals lefty Danny Duffy (2-2, 4.00 ERA) starts against former Royals reliever Phillip Humber (1-2, 6.83 ERA).
Humber tossed a perfect game in April, the 21st in major league history.