American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Chicago|
(Saturday, July 27th)
Final Score: Kansas City 1, Chicago 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Wade Davis threw 7 1/3 shutout innings and the
Kansas City Royals blanked the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, in the middle test of a
three-game series on Saturday.
Davis (5-9) allowed just four hits and three walks in his outing to pick up
his first win since June 16 against the Rays. Coming into the game, he lost
each of his previous four starts.
"That's as good a ballgame as he's pitched all year long ... never really got
into any jams," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "Stuff was tremendous, was
banging strikes, got hanging action on his fastball. He did it extremely
Lorenzo Cain drove in the lone run of the game, a one-out double that scored
Eric Hosmer in the top of the sixth. However, he exited the game in the bottom
of the eighth with tightness in his left groin.
Kansas City is on a five-game winning streak and one game shy of .500.
Chicago starter Chris Sale (6-10) went nine innings, giving up the lone run on
seven hits and a walk, but the lack of run support spoiled an otherwise
"It's not easy but he's learning a tough lesson," White Sox manager Robin
Ventura said. "He pitched great tonight, there's no question about it. You
can't be perfect, but you can be pretty close."
The White Sox have lost five of their last six games.
The Royals had an opportunity to score early in the contest. With one out in
the first, Hosmer hit an infield single and Billy Butler drew a walk.
Salvador Perez flew out to right, but Hosmer advanced to third. However, Cain
lined out to third to end the frame.
Chicago squandered a chance to score in the bottom of the sixth. Alejandro De
Aza hit a leadoff single. Adam Dunn reached first with two outs on a throwing
error by Royals catcher Perez and De Aza advanced to third, putting
runners at the corners. However, Paul Konerko lined out to center to end the
In the eighth, Davis got Josh Phegley to fly out but allowed an infield single
by De Aza. Louis Coleman came out in relief and got Alexei Ramirez to ground
into a double play.
Royals closer Greg Holland came out in the ninth. He gave up a leadoff single
to Alex Rios and then walked Dunn. Konerko grounded into a fielder's choice,
forcing Dunn out at second but allowing Rios to go to third.
Jeff Keppinger hit a line drive to right but right fielder David Lough made a
diving catch. Rios did not attempt to advance on the play. Holland struck out
Conor Gillaspie to end the game and notch his 26th save.
The White Sox are 21 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2007
... Chicago is 17-20 when their starting pitcher works at least seven innings.
White Sox starters own a 2.26 ERA in those outings ... De Aza went 2-for-4. He
is hitting .403 over his last 15 games ... Butler went 2-for-3, collecting his
fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He is also batting .450 over his last 10
games ... Chicago's Hector Santiago is scheduled to face the undefeated Bruce
Chen (4-0, 1.97 ERA) in Sunday's series finale.
07/27 22:10:29 ET