White Sox Squeak Past Royals 2-1, Win Series
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, the Chicago White Sox did just enough to outlast the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Sunday’s win marked the first time since May of 2009 that the White Sox have won a series at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City outhit Chicago 11-7, but All-Star lefty Chris Sale spoiled key opportunities for the Royals to capitalize on those hits at every turn.
Sale (11-2, 2.11 ERA) gave up a season-high 10 hits, but surrendered just one run in 8 innings, striking out four and walking none.
Despite Sale’s dominance, Royals starter Luis Mendoza managed to keep the Royals in the game, because the White Sox also struggled to convert hits into runs.
Chicago went 1-10 with runners in scoring position, while the Royals went 2-12.
Mendoza (3-6, 4.32 ERA) gave up two runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, fanning six and walking four.
All-Star first baseman Adam Dunn homered for the third straight day in this series, a solo shot in the first that put the first-place White Sox (49-39, 25-17 away) up 1-0. It was Dunn’s 28th HR this season.
Second baseman Chris Getz provided the Royals’ lone run with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
With two on and no outs in the eighth, the Royals (38-49, 15-25 home) came up short once again. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain lined out, and designated hitter Yuniesky Betancourt hit into a double-play to end the inning.
In the ninth, closer Addison Reed (4.09 ERA) recorded his 14th save.
The Royals begin a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Mariners lefty Jason Vargas (8-7, 4.07 ERA) takes the hill against lefty Jonathan Sanchez (1-5, 6.75 ERA) for game one.