American League Game Summary - Chicago at Kansas City|
(Friday, July 13th)
Final Score: Chicago 9, Kansas City 8 (14 innings)
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Kevin Youkilis hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly
in the top of the 14th inning and the White Sox outlasted the Royals, 9-8, in
the opener of a three-game series.
A walk to Gordon Beckham and a single by Alejandro De Aza placed runners at
the corners before Youkilis lifted a fly ball to deep center off of Everett
Teaford (1-3) to push across the deciding run.
Dylan Axelrod (1-2) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win for
the first-place White Sox, who have won 12 of their last 16 games.
The teams traded runs in the 12th, with Beckham hitting an RBI double for
Chicago before Alex Gordon scored Jeff Francoeur with a groundout in the
Alcides Escobar hit a two-out, go-ahead triple in the bottom of the eighth
inning for the Royals, scoring Lorenzo Cain and Gordon, but Jonathan Broxton
failed to maintain the lead.
The White Sox loaded the bases in the ninth and A.J. Pierzynski followed with
a game-tying single. Francoeur, who homered earlier in the contest, threw
out Orlando Hudson at the plate on the play to limit the damage.
The Home Run Derby ended late Monday night, but these teams didn't get the
Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo all went deep for the White Sox while
Mike Moustakas and Francoeur both left their home park, the scene of this
"I was happy with the offense," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "They kept
coming after it and grinding out at-bats and scoring runs when we needed to."
Dunn and Rios staked Chicago to a three-run, first-inning lead while Viciedo
belted the go-ahead shot after Kansas City battled back to claim the
Moustakas homered during a three-run second inning for the Royals and
Francoeur initially put his team in top with a solo shot in the fourth.
Escobar added an RBI bunt single later in that frame, making it 5-3.
Cain crossed the plate on Escobar's bunt, one of three runs the center fielder
scored in his return from the disabled list. He also had an RBI single in the
second inning before touching home on Gordon's base hit to left.
Royals starter Bruce Chen was tagged for six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3
innings while Jose Quintana countered with five frames, allowing five runs on
"(Chen) struggled with his command, made some mistakes over the middle of the
plate, and they took advantage of it," said Yost.
Youkilis has an eight-game RBI streak...Cain was activated from the 60-day
disabled list during the All-Star break. He landed on the DL due to a pair of
left leg injuries...The White Sox recalled pitcher Jhan Marinez from Triple-A
Charlotte on Friday.
07/14 02:03:54 ET