Just when everyone was calling for Wade Davis to be banished to the bullpen, he goes out and throws a gem. He out-dueled Chicago ace Chris Sale, as the KC Royals won their fifth game in a row with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler started the inning with singles. Hosmer moved to third base on Salvador Perez‘ fly out. Lorenzo Cain drove in the game’s only run with a double just down the third base line (Cain left the game with a tight groin).
Davis allowed four hits over 7.1 innings. He did walk three, but struck out four. He left with a man on base, but Louis Coleman induced an inning ending double play.
Things got a little dicey in the bottom of the ninth for closer Greg Holland. The White Sox had runners at the corners and just one out, but David Lough made a great diving catch in right field. That held Alex Rios at third base. Holland then reared back and struck out pinch-hitter Connor Gillespie on four pitches to pick up his 26th save.
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