KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s been four years since the Chicago White Sox won as many as three consecutive games at hot and breezy Kauffman Stadium, a feat they will try to accomplish Saturday.
The Sox have pitched exceptionally well against the Royals this season, posting a 1.81 ERA in seven games.Meanwhile, the offense has mustered just enough offense to rally for a 3-2 win over Kansas City.
Dayan Viciedo led off the ninth with a single, and Jeff Keppinger followed with a walk.After a deep fly by pinch hitter Gordon Beckham moved pinch runner Jordan Danks to third, Alejandro De Aza hit a fly deep enough to right field to score Danks.
Jesse Crain worked out of an eighth-inning jam to earn the win, and Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 21st save.
Conor Gillaspie hit an RBI single in the fourth, and Keppinger added a two-out hit to score Gillaspie with the go-ahead run. Keppinger also made a diving stop to rob Miguel Tejada of a hit in the seventh.
Keppinger started at second in place of Beckham, who isn’t starting for the first time since returning June 3 from a left hamate bone fracture.
Kansas City took a 1-0 lead against left-hander Jose Quintana in the second. After two out, Miguel Tejada hit a bloop single to shallow right and scored on a double by Mike Moustakas.
The Royals tied the Sox at 2 in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff double by Alcides Escobar and single by Salvador Perez. Sox left-hander Jose Quintana was pulled after 5 1/3 innings.
In the top of the third, Alex Rios took a called third strike with runners at second and third to end the threat and is now hitless in 17 at-bats against Wade Davis.
Rios snapped his hitless streak against Davis with a double with two out in the fifth.
Crain extended his scoreless streak to 29 innings and 29 appearances after a scoreless eighth in which he stranded the go-ahead run at third with one out. Eric Hosmer hit a deep drive to right in which Rios extended his arm, then backed off as the ball fell safely with De Aza running behind him.