6:52 p.m. CDT, May 6, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The White Sox somehow found a way to win Monday after getting no-hit for five innings, committing three outs on the base paths and, in their minds, getting robbed of a two-run homer.
So it seemed fitting that Jordan Danks, who was caught in a rundown for the final out of the ninth inning, would crank a home run in the top of the 11th to help seize a 2-1 victory over the Royals and avert a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium.
Addison Reed, who suffered his first blown save Sunday, retired the top of the Royals’ pesky order to preserve a victory that seemed impossible for eight innings.
“To be able to keep our heads in the game, keep grinding it out, says a lot about who we are and the guys we’ve got in this clubhouse,” said Chris Sale, who needed 57 pitches to get through the first two innings but managed to pitch 71/3 innings of one-run ball in a 119-pitch outing.
The Sox were held to two hits through eight innings by James Shields. More baserunning that would make a T-ball coach blush didn’t help. In the eighth, Dewayne Wise drew a walk but was picked off first base for the final out.
The Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth but didn’t score until there were two outs when Alexei Ramirez hit a grounder well behind second base that Chris Getz bobbled to tie the game. Danks, who pinch ran for Adam Dunn, was waved home by third-base coach Joe McEwing but stopped after rounding the bag and was caught in a rundown.
Manager Robin Ventura absolved Danks of any blame, as he did Wise, who singled in the 10th but overslid second base trying to stretch it to a double and was tagged out for the second out.
“You’re all right if it’s hustle stuff,” said Ventura, adding that Danks was caught “in no-man’s land.” “I’d rather it be like that than not being aggressive.”
The Sox pressed the issue in the seventh when Ramirez hit a long drive that appeared to sail over the left-field foul pole for a home run. McEwing signaled the ball was fair, but the umpires didn’t — prompting Ventura to ask the umpires for a review.
But the call stood, leaving Ventura and others puzzled by the explanation.
“They don’t have a view of it,” Ventura said. “I’m miffed, kind of confused with that. It’s not their fault. … They didn’t have a shot of it, which is why I thought we had it in place in the first place.
“Something else to work on, I guess.”