Royals beat the Sox, 7 – 6

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After fighting their way back to .500 early last week, the Kansas City Royals have been going the wrong way.  Two losses in Cleveland.  Two more to the White Sox at Kaufman Stadium. Then finally Sunday afternoon, something positive.

The Royals sent James Shields out for his 16th start of the season and it would probably be his worst start, certainly his shortest.

Shields walked two batters in the first inning.  Then he gave up a single to bid Adam Dunn that scored two runs.  2 – 0 Sox.

Then Dunn hit a two-run homer in the 3rd to make it 4 – 0 Chicago.

The Royals were down 4 – 1 in the 5th and they went deep.  First, it was George Kottaras with a solo shot to lead off that frame.  It was his second homer of the season.  Then the next batter, Jarrod Dyson, also hit a solo homer — also his second this season.

Now it was 4 -3 White Sox, but the Royals eventually tied the game, 4 – 4, in the 5th

The Sox scored twice in the 7th.  Then the Royals took the lead for good in the 8th.  Down 6 to 5, it was Alcides Escobar with a hard shot that shortstop Alexi Rameriz couldn’t handle.

The Sox had two critical errors in the 8th, but this one really hurt.  It scored two runs and the Royals took a 7 – 6 lead.

The final score was 7 – 6 Royals.  The Royals finally find the offense they left back in Tampa Bay.

Luke Hochevar got the win in a game where the Royals won late.  In part, because they put pressure on the White Sox defense.

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