Found July 28, 2013 on
Alejandro De Aza
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory.
With no outs and Jarrod Dyson on third, the White Sox brought their infield in, but it didn't matter one bit.
Gordon drove a 2-2 pitch from Donnie Veal (1-1) over the wall in center for his first homer since July 7 and No. 10 on the year.
Aaron Crow (7-3) tossed a scoreless inning to get the win and Greg Holland finished for his 27th save in 29 chances. Holland has converted each of his past 20 opportunities.
The White Sox had a chance to win the game in the 10th, but Dyson threw out pinch runner Blake Tekotte at the plate to end the inning. Tekotte was trying to score from second on Alejandro De Aza's sharp single to center field.
Kansas City (51-51) matched its longest winning streak of the season and got back to .500 for the first time since it beat Cleveland 2-1 on June 17 to improve to 34-34.
It's the best record for the Royals this late in the year since they finished the 2003 season with an 83-79 mark, according to STATS.
Adam Dunn homered for the last-place White Sox, who closed out a 3-7 homestand with their ninth loss in 12 games overall. Paul Konerko also had an RBI single.
David Lough, who made a terrific catch in the ninth inning of Kansas City's 1-0 victory on Saturday night, helped the Royals get off to a fast start in the series finale. He singled in Alcides Escobar with two out in the first, then walked and scored on Miguel Tejada's double in the fourth.
Dunn responded in the sixth, driving a 1-1 pitch from Bruce Chen over the wall in center to tie it at 2. It was Dunn's 25th homer of the season and No. 431 for his career, tying Cal Ripken for 43rd on the all-time list.
Dunn also helped set up Chicago's first run with a two-out walk in the first that moved Alex Rios into scoring position. Konerko followed with a run-scoring single into left field.
Chen allowed three hits, struck out five and walked two in six innings. The crafty left-hander has given up three runs in 18 innings over three starts since he returned to the rotation.
White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings. He allowed five hits and walked four.
NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy brought a couple of big suitcases into the clubhouse before the game. He is scheduled to start on Tuesday in Cleveland, but he also is one of the top pitchers on the market ahead of Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline. ''I don't think he wants to go. I don't want him to go,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''But he has to be prepared. That's part of where we're at right now.'' ... Royals CF Lorenzo Cain got the day off after he left Saturday night's 1-0 win with tightness in his left groin. Kansas City is off Monday before beginning a three-game series at Minnesota, allowing Cain to rest for consecutive days. ... Chicago begins a four-game series against the Indians on Monday night. White Sox LHP John Danks (2-8, 4.81 ERA) opposes RHP Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.57 ERA) in the opener. ... Royals RHP Ervin Santana (6-6, 3.06 ERA) faces RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-8, 5.15 ERA) on Tuesday in Minnesota.
Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Peavy awaits to see if or where he will be traded by the July 31 trade deadline.
There are only three days until the trade deadline and the Chicago White Sox have yet to deal anyone besides Matt Thornton. There are massive amounts of rumors surrounding stating pitcher Jake Peavy right now, with rumors of the Atlanta Braves being heavily involved in negotiations as well as the Oakland...
The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of matching their longest winning streak of the season, thanks in large part to superb pitching.The rotation has been particularly dominant.Bruce Chen looks to keep the Royals rolling with another commanding performance Sunday against the last-place Chicago White Sox.Kansas City (50-51) is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since...
Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Cain left the Royals' 1-0 victory at Chicago on Saturday night due to tightness in his left groin, and the team said it was precautionary. Kansas City is off on Monday before beginning a three-game series at Minnesota, allowing the Royals to give Cain two days of...
Chicago White Sox starter Jake Peavy is probably going to get traded in the next three days. that is, if you believe Peavy. And honestly, there are a lot of fanbases out there that want nothing to do with Peavy, damning his contract and injury history. But would Peavy be a huge upgrade for a team looking for starting pitching, or would he be a waste of resources?
2012 was the...
Boy, Chris Sale is good. It's just too bad that American League's fifth best ERA and strikeouts, third best WHIP, and second best WAR isn't good enough for our oh-so beloved 2013 White Sox and, tonight, Alex Rios.
We know I'm usually one of the last optimists standing, but after this loss, the White Sox' 61st on the season, I can't help to be quite...
The phrase "You can't tell the players without a scorecard" might hold especially true for the White Sox when they are next playing at U.S. Cellular Field against the Yankees on Aug. 5.
Those changes actually could come as soon as Monday with the non-waiver Trade Deadline arriving Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. Then again the White Sox might very well feature the same basic...
Here was Royals right-hander Wade Davis perhaps when he needed it most producing his best effort of the season Saturday in outdueling Chicago lefty Chris Sale in a 1-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Davis might have been pitching to hold his spot in the rotation after yielding 21 runs in 152/3 innings over his four previous starts. If so he responded magnificently.
In a move to shore up an inconsistent bullpen for an expected playoff run, the Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Crain, who had been named to the 2013 American League All-Star Team on the strength of a 0.74 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 36.1 innings, hit the disabled...
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain for cash considerations or a player to be named later. Brandon Gomes has been moved to the 60-day DL to accommodate the move. Reports began to circulate this morning about Crain being moved , with Tamp Bay being one of the suitors.
White Sox GM Rick Hahn announced the trade and issued the following statement...
One of the biggest names left on the trade market may not be going anywhere after all.
The Chicago White Sox are now telling teams that they will not trade Jake Peavy and will instead attempt to rebuild around the veteran right-hander, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Peavy has been mentioned in trade rumors involving a number of teams, including the Red Sox, Orioles and Cardinals...
It could be a ploy to drum up more interest in the 32 year old right-hander, but the Chicago White Sox are now saying that they will keep Jake Peavy, and “build around him.”
The White Sox are telling other teams they’re going to keep Peavy and build around him.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2013
Peavy has been rumored to be heading to several teams, including...
Back On Sox Radar?According to Jeff Passan of YAHOO! Sports, the Red Sox are "very much in" the running to get White Sox starter Jake Peavy. This is directly contrary to most reports over the weekend. Passan claims that—while still not the favorites to land Peavy—Boston is "motivated" and has the best package of prospects to offer Chicago. Peavy has a 4.28...
Jesse Crain of the White Sox is today's third reliever to get dealt. Chicago is sending Crain go the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for the always nebulous "future considerations", depending on the health of Crain's shoulder. Crain hasn't pitched since June 29th due to a strained muscle in his left shoulder, and he's been on the DL since July 2nd for the White...
Over the weekend, professional rumor starters, a.k.a. reporters, said that the A’s had emerged as the front runners in a field that includes other postseason hopefuls, the Red Sox, Orioles, Dodgers and Cardinals, to land Jake Peavy, one of the top starting pitchers on this year’s trade market.
It makes sense for the A’s—adding a veteran pitcher to the rotation, that is....
First of all, I do apologize to you on where we are today. I looked wrong and thought we were at home when actually we are in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a four game series with the Indians. John Danks is on the mound today, Jake Peavy is scheduled for tomorrow provided he has not been traded. Sources are telling that it could be issues of paying out his current contract...