Royals Upset White Sox 4-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another solid performance by a member of the starting rotation helped the Kansas City Royals beat the first-place Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The hero of the night, however, was Royals catcher Salvador Perez. Perez was clutch central on Friday night, delivering a go-ahead two-run RBI double in the seventh inning that put the Royals up 4-2.
Luis Mendoza continues to be one of the Royals’ most reliable starting pitchers. Mendoza (7-8, 4.26 ERA) gave up two runs on four hits in 7 innings, striking out six and walking one.
The Royals (52-66, 24-33 home) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run by center fielder Lorenzo Cain, his fourth HR this season. Royals All-Star Billy Butler also went yard with a game-tying solo shot in the sixth, his 25th HR of the year.
All-Star lefty Chris Sale turned in a below average start by his standards. Sale (14-4, 2.72 ERA) gave up four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, fanning five and walking four.
In the seventh, it was Salvy’s turn. Sale intentionally walked Butler to get to Perez, but to no avail. WIth two outs and the bases loaded, Perez doubled to deep left, and the Royals took a 4-2 lead.
The bullpen took care of the rest. Reliever Kelvin Herrera (2.51 ERA) struck out the side in the eighth, and closer Greg Holland (3.14 ERA) earned his fifth save.
The White Sox (65-53, 33-27 away) currently lead the Detroit Tigers by 1.5 games for first place in the A.L. Central. The Royals trail the Cleveland Indians by 1.5 games for third place.
Royals second baseman Chris Getz left the game after five innings after fracturing his left thumb on a bunt attempt. He will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on Saturday.
Lefty Bruce Chen (8-10, 5.56 ERA) takes the hill against White Sox All-Star Jake Peavy (9-8, 3.04 ERA) for game two on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.