The KC Royals have now won three in a row against first place Chicago, as they won on Friday night, 4-2. It came in comeback fashion.
The White Sox tied the game in the top of the 4th inning on Paul Konerko‘s solo homerun off Luis Mendoza. Konerko was just activated from the 7-day concussion DL on Friday.
With two outs in the 5th inning and a runner on second base, Gordon Beckham singled to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead. Beckham was thrown out at second base by Jeff Francoeur.
Billy Butler used his power once again to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Royals took the lead in the 7th inning on a Salvador Perez two-run double with two outs. The White Sox chose to intentionally walk Butler to load the bases to face Perez.
The Royals bullpen duo of Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland made things interesting in the final two innings. Herrera allowed back-to-back singles to lead off the 8th inning, but proceeded to strike out the next three hitters (he threw a 100 mph a few times). Holland recorded the first two outs in the 9th inning on just five pitches, but then allowed back-to-back hits to bring the go ahead run to the plate. Holland got Dayan Viciedo to fly out to end the game.
Mike Moustakas was expected to get some rest due to his struggles and his knee pain, but was forced into the game due to an injury (more on that later). Moose started the 7th inning rally with a one out single.
Three Royals had multi-hit games: Alcides Escobar, Perez, and Cain.
*Second baseman Chris Getz broke his thumb in a bunt attempt in the 5th inning. He stayed in and finished the bat (a strikeout), but was taken out for defense. He is expected to have surgery on Saturday. No word yet on who will replace him. Johnny Giavotella? Irving Falu? Gio did not play tonight for Omaha.
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