The Kansas City Royals stumbled through the month of September, going 11-17 and losing home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs. However, now that the calender has flipped to October, the Royals can now turn the page and focus on the tack at hand. That march through October began with the Royals 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Facing noted Royals killer John Danks, this did not seem like a good matchup. As it turns out, it was not, for Danks. Mike Moustakas put the Royals on the board in the top of the first, hitting a ground rule double down the left field line to give Kansas City the early advantage.
The Royals got to Danks again in the top of the third. With one out, Eric Hosmer tripled, and Kendrys Morales followed with a walk. Moustakas hit a ground ball through the right side for an RBI single, and after an out, Alex Gordon singled to load the bases. Jonny Gomes followed with a two run single to center, giving the Royals a 4-0 lead.
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The White Sox came back in the bottom of the inning against starter Kris Medlen. With one out, and runners on the corners, Trayce Thompson popped up into shallow right. Ben Zobrist went back, but was unable to make the play as the ball fell in for a base hit. Alexi Ramirez followed with a grounder to short, but Alcides Escobar was unable to make the throw to second, allowing another run to score as the White Sox cut the lead to 4-2.
Kansas City came back in the top of the fifth. Morales walked, and with one out, Salvador Perez doubled to deep left. Gordon followed with a base hit through the drawn in infield, and Gomes followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Royals a 6-2 lead.
The White Sox got those runs back in the seventh. After getting two quick outs, Luke Hochevar gave up a single and a ground rule double to put runners on second and third. Jose Abreu followed with a base hit past a diving Moustakas to cut the lead to 6-4.
That would be all the White Sox would get, as the Royals bullpen shut the door from that point, preserving the victory. Medlen earned the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks, striking out four in six innings of work.
Moustakas was one of four Kansas City Royals players with two hits in the game, as he was 2-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBI.