KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Manager Robin Ventura hasn’t ruled out changes to the Chicago White Sox’s lineup in the wake of their .227 batting average, .196 batting average with runners in scoring position and .280 on-base percentage.
“It could change,” Ventura said Sunday morning before the Sox try to beat Kansas City and Wade Davis at damp Kauffman Stadium. “You’re waiting for guys to come out of what is going on right now. You expect them to come back to normal. It could change. I don’t see any reason people have to hit in a certain spot. You eventually got to find the one that works.”
The Sox found the right combination in the seventh inning by collecting a season-high five hits during a four-run seventh inning.
But Addison Reed suffered his first blown save in the ninth, and Kansas City pushed a run across in the bottom of the 10th to seize a 6-5 win at Kauffman Stadium.
Lorenzo Cain started the 10th with a single off Brian Omogrosso, the Sox’s sixth reliever. With two out, an intentional walk to Chris Getz and walk to George Kottaras set up Alex Gordon’s single over the head of right fielder Alex Rios on the warning track for the game-winning hit.
Reed walked the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth that set up a two-run double by Billy Butler on a 3-2 count with two out to force a 5-5 tie.
Alejandro De Aza’s diving catch in left field robbed Eric Hosmer of a game-winning hit.
In the top of the seventh, De Aza hit a game-tying two-run double over the head of Alex Gordon in left field and scored on a wild pitch. Alex Rios added a solo home run later in the inning.
The Sox dug themselves a 3-1 hole in the fifth. They put a runner at second base with the top of the order coming up but failed to extend their 1-0 lead as Adam Dunn took a called third strike to end the threat.
After pitching four hitless innings, left-hander Jose Quintana was tagged for three runs. With one out, Mike Moustakas hit a single and moved to third on Jeff Francoeur’s double off the left field fence.
Miguel Tejada tied the game on a single before Alex Gordon’s grounder caromed off second baseman Jeff Keppinger to give the Royals the lead.
The Sox loaded the bases with one out in the third but settled for one run. Moustakas made a diving stop at third to rob Rios of extra bases as a fielder’s choice scored the Sox’s first run.
Moustakas then ran from his position to the backstop to catch Dunn’s foul pop for the final out of the inning.