Sox Beat Royals 7-6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo pitched six solid innings and the Sox offense used its power for the second straight night in a 7-6 victory over the Royals on Tuesday.

Tyler Flowers and Adam Dunn became the fourth and fifth Sox players to homer in the last two games at Kauffman Stadium. Dunn’s three-run shot in the eighth inning gave the Sox a needed late cushion, as the Royals answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth.

Ronald Belisario stepped in for injured closer Matt Lindstrom with a 7-5 lead in the ninth. He allowed a two-out double to right field from Billy Butler and an RBI single from Alex Gordon. Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson stole second with two outs and was called safe. Sox manager Robin Ventura challenged the close play, but the call was upheld.

In the end, it didn’t matter. Belisario struck out Lorenzo Cain for his first Sox save.

Conor Gillaspie started the Sox scoring when he stretched a double to a triple in the first inning and then scored on Dayan Viciedo’s RBI single.

Royals designated hitter Billy Butler walked and Alex Gordon was hit by a pitch to start the second inning before Danny Valencia hit a two-run double to right-center field for a 2-1 Royals lead.

Those were the only two runs Rienzo allowed. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out eight.

The Sox scored three runs in the fifth inning off Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura, who had three wild pitches in the inning. Flowers hit a solo home run, and Adam Eaton doubled and scored on Gordon Beckham’s single. Beckham scored on Ventura’s third wild pitch.

The Royals scored three runs in the eighth inning off Sox relievers Scott Downs and Frank Francisco. Zach Putnam entered with runners on the corners and recorded the final two outs of the inning to preserve a 7-5 Sox lead.

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