The Kansas City Royals have had the number of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field this season.
In fact, the Royals have won 10 of the last 11 games in Chicago after beating the Sox 6-3 Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.
Andre Rienzo (4-4) got the start and loss for the Sox. James Shields (8-3) was credited with the win after going six innings.
The Royals jumped on Rienzo in the first inning when Omar Infante singled and Eric Hosmer blasted a two-run homer to straightaway center.
The Sox got back in the game in the bottom of the first as leadoff man Adam Eaton hit a hard shot that got past first baseman Hosman and rattled into the rightfield corner for a stand-up triple.
Eaton appeared to be picked off third before home plate umpire Paul Emmel called a balk on Shields, allowing the run to score to make it 2-1.
Salvador Perez crushed a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Royals a 5-1 advantage.
The Royals added another run in the fourth on an RBI single by Jarrod Dyson. The Sox rallied in the bottom of the fourth after Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez led off with singles. Alejandro De Aza drove them in with a one-out double to right-center to make it 6-3.
The Sox had the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning with two outs, but Gordon Beckham grounded out to end the threat.
“You go through stretches like this…you don’t enjoy it but you have to weather it,” manager Robin Ventura said of the losing streak. “I think every team is going to go through one of these. I think the other teams (in the division) will go through portions of this type of thing throughout the rest of the season.”
The Sox lost six of their previous eight games coming into Sunday, yet were just 4 ½ games out of first place in the American League Central.
“We have to concentrate on the right stuff,” Ventura said. “You get caught up in focusing on that kind of stuff, the negative stuff…this can continue and it can get worse.”