Royals Blank White Sox 3-0, Even Series

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The pitching staff delivered, and the Kansas City Royals shutout the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The A.L. Central’s first-place White Sox (81-67, 38-36 away) are in the midst of a heated pennant race, but they’ve struggled mightily against the Royals this season.

The Royals (67-81, 33-41 home) now lead the season series 11-6.

Lefty Bruce Chen (11-12, 5.22 ERA) was nails, giving up five hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four and walking three. White Sox All-Star lefty Chris Sale (17-7, 2.82 ERA) earned the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, fanning eight and walking two.

A Billy Butler sacrifice fly gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the third inning. In the seventh, Alex Gordon hit a two-run RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0. Both teams struggled with runners in scoring position. Chicago went 1-12 with RISP. Kansas City went 1-14.

Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera (2.36 ERA) struck out a pair in 1 1/3 innings, and closer Greg Holland (2.89 ERA) recorded his 14th save.

The White Sox currently lead the Detroit Tigers by two games in the A.L. Central.

Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 3.13 ERA) starts against White Sox lefty Francisco Liriano (3-1, 5.10 ERA) for a game three rubber-match on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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