Kansas City Royals Drop Chicago White Sox 4-2


When last the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox met, there was quite a bit of bad blood, resulting in several suspensions and a hatred towards Jeff Samardzija. This time, the Royals got the best of Samardzija in the first half of their doubleheader, taking a 4-2 victory over the White Sox.

The Royals offense scored almost immediately in the first. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Alcides Escobar worked a walk and stole second. With one out, Lorenzo Cain laced a double to left, giving the Royals a quick 1-0 lead.

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Chicago tied the game in the bottom of the third when Geovany Soto led off the inning with a home run. However, the Royals came back in the top of the fifth with a home run of their own, as Mike Moustakas hammered a 3-2 pitch to center for solo home run to give the Royals the lead once again. That advantage was short lived, as Adam Eaton homered in the bottom of the inning to knot the game a 2-2.

Kansas City came right back in the top of the sixth. With runners at the corners, Omar Infante grounded into a double play, plating Eric Hosmer from third with the go ahead run. The much maligned Alex Rios followed, and hit a home run to left to give the Royals a 4-2 lead.

The bullpen did the rest. Ryan Madson, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland combined to shut down the White Sox offense, locking down the 4-2 victory. Chris Young earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four in his five innings of work. It may not have been pretty at times, but Young did enough to be effective.

Cain was 24 with a double and an RBI in the Kansas City Royals win.

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