American League Game Summary - Chicago at Kansas City|
(Monday, May 6th)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Kansas City 1 (11 innings)
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jordan Danks hit his first home run of the
season and it proved to be the difference-maker, as his two-out, solo shot in
the 11th gave the White Sox the go-ahead run in their 2-1 victory over the
Kansas City Royals on Monday.
Alexei Ramirez hit a game-tying bases loaded infield single with two outs in
the ninth to send the game to extras. Starter Chris Sale tossed 7 1/3 solid
innings for Chicago, which halted a two-game skid to take the finale of this
"Being able to pull off a win like that, especially when we're struggling,
it's big time," Danks said.
Jesse Crain (1-1) picked up the win after retiring the side in the 10th.
Addison Reed earned his 11th save of the season with a perfect 11th.
Billy Butler drove in the lone run in the first inning for Kansas City, which
had won seven of its last eight at home versus the White Sox.
James Shields tossed eight shutout innings and allowed two hits and two walks
while striking out a season-high nine batters. Greg Holland blew the save
after allowing three straight singles in the ninth and eventually, Ramirez's
game-tying infield single.
Kelvin Herrera (2-3) absorbed the loss thanks to serving up Danks' solo blast
Holland relieved Shields at the start of the ninth and quickly ran into
trouble. Jeff Keppinger, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn all smacked singles to load
the bases with no outs. Holland briefly got out of the jam, as the next batter
Paul Konerko, grounded a ball back to the mound for a 1-2-3 double play.
Holland then intentionally walked Conor Gillaspie to load the bases again.
Ramirez, though, tied the game with a soft liner up the middle to score Rios.
On the play, Royals shortstop Chris Getz collected the ball and threw out
Danks, who was easily tagged out after trying to advance to home, to end the
"I didn't get ahead of the first three hitters," Holland said. "I gave up some
hits. I feel like once the bases were loaded I executed pretty well. It was
just one of those things, where you fall behind and load bases with no one
out, you're not going to get out of it as often as you'd like."
It was a pitching duel for most of the contest, as both starters had their A
Sale allowed one run on six hits to go along with five strikeouts, while
Shields stifled the White Sox through the first five innings, failing to allow
a hit. The righty retired the 14-of-17 batters he faced, yielding one walk and
a hit batter.
In the sixth, however, DeWayne Wise poked a line drive to shallow right and
Jeff Francoeur dove for the ball head first, but it bounced out of his glove
to give Chicago its first hit.
Sale, meanwhile, wasn't too shabby either. Following Alex Gordon's second
inning single, Sale retired 15 consecutive batters over the next five-plus
innings before Salvador Perez doubled.
Butler put the hosts on the board early in the first with a double down
the left-field line. Gordon, who hit an infield single to lead off the
contest, hustled around the bases from first on Butler's two-bagger to make it
The White Sox announced on Monday that starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will have
surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor muscle in his
right elbow and miss the remainder of the season ... Chicago had more hits in
the ninth (3) than in the first eight innings combined ... Shields hasn't
earned a win over the White Sox since April 19, 2011 ... Danks' homer was just
the second of his MLB career ... Friday's opening game was postponed due to
05/06 18:27:57 ET