Streaking White Sox hand Royals 5th straight loss
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[August 12, 2017]
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox
shortstop Tim Anderson punctuated his team's timely offensive attack
with a two-run home run in the seventh inning Friday night.
Anderson rounded the bases in typical trot mode, representing one of
the few times the surging White Sox weren't hustling on the
basepaths in a 6-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals.
Rookie center fielder Adam Engel tripled and scored twice, including
the eventual winning run with a headfirst slide on Yolmer Sanchez's
safety squeeze earlier in the seventh.
"We never quit. We just play hard," Anderson said. "We go out and
leave everything on the table. See what happens."
The White Sox (45-68) won their fourth straight game, staying hot
after sweeping the American League West-leading Houston Astros this
week. Chicago rallied after right-hander Reynaldo Lopez delivered
six strong innings in his White Sox debut.
Still contending but sliding in a jumbled American League Central
and wild-card race, Kansas City (57-58) lost its fifth straight game
and fell for the 10th time in 12 games. The Royals dropped under
.500 for the first time since July 19.
"Nobody likes to go through these streaks. I mean, they're no fun by
any stretch of the imagination," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.
"But you also know that this club is capable of getting hot and
running off several wins in a row."
Acquired from the Washington Nationals in a December 2016 trade that
sent outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington and yielded two other
pitchers, Lopez kept the Royals in check while scattering two runs
and four hits. He struck out three, walked six and threw 68 of his
102 pitches for strikes in a no-decision. The White Sox recalled him
from Triple-A Charlotte before the game.
"I feel proud to be here," Lopez, 23, said. "This is the reward for
all the work I've put in in my career."
Remove designated hitter Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City lineup,
and Lopez may have fared even better.
Moustakas delivered his third multi-home run game of the season and
seventh of his career, hitting solo shots against Lopez in the
fourth and sixth innings. Moustakas connected with two strikes on
both occasions to increase his team-leading home run total to 34,
two away from tying Steve Balboni's single-season record of 36, set
The Royals faced Lopez during a Cactus League game in March, but
updated their respective memory banks with video study of his
various starts in Charlotte to augment the spring training
Kansas City catcher Drew Butera adjusted his pregame routine given
Lopez's novelty to the American League.
"The guys I've faced before, I might look at a little less video,"
Butera said. "New guys like Lopez, who we're facing for the first
time, I might watch a little bit more."
White Sox catcher Kevan Smith touted valuable experience working
with Lopez in Charlotte. Smith said Lopez was "fun to catch," and
the aggressive approach the Royals and a crowd of 18,137 witnessed
Friday wouldn't be abandoned.
"He attacks hitters," Smith said. "You're going to see him go right
after guys. You just have to keep the nerves settled down a little
bit and just let him do his thing."
Anxiety reigned briefly for Lopez and White Sox fans in the top of
the fourth inning. With one out, Moustakas ended Lopez's no-hit bit
by smacking a solo shot to right center field.
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White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez (40) laughs in the dugout
with right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) before the game against the
Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt
Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert singled on the next
pitch before shortstop Alcides Escobar singled one batter later for
one of his two hits. A visit from White Sox pitching coach Don
Cooper followed, and ultimately helped ease Lopez back to his early
A flyout to center field and a foul popout near third base ended
Kansas City's threat.
"The key is just to keep the focus on the game, keep your
confidence," Lopez said. "That was all I did."
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy lost to the White Sox for the third
time this season. Duffy fell to 7-8 after allowing five runs and
seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight and walking zero.
Things escalated in the seventh after Duffy settled down in the
middle innings, with Chicago punishing some deliveries high in the
"It happened really quick," Duffy said. "I've got to be better than
Anderson's home run came against reliever Peter Moylan.
White Sox left-hander Aaron Bummer (1-2) earned his first major
league win, striking out two in two innings of one-hit relief.
The Royals scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning, but Tyler
Clippard recorded the final two outs to earn his third save of the
season. Anderson and Engel had two hits apiece, with Engel becoming
the first White Sox rookie with two triples in one game since April
"All victories are satisfying, obviously," White Sox manager Rick
Renteria said. "Like I told the guys, I'm more impressed with the
way they're playing the game. They way they're approaching the
at-bats, some of the defensive plays they're making, the things
they're doing on the bases. If they can maintain that consistency,
that's what gives you a chance for winning ballgames. Obviously, the
pitching is a big part of that. We've had four pretty good starts
and the bullpen, even though we've made some changes, they're doing
a nice job of keeping us in ballgames."
NOTES: White Sox starters are 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in their past four
games. ... Royals starters have allowed 24 runs in 22 1/3 innings in
the past five games. ... The White Sox recognized Royals RF Melky
Cabrera with a video tribute before the second inning. Chicago
traded Cabrera, with the White Sox since 2015, to Kansas City on
July 30. Fans offered Cabrera a warm ovation when lineups were
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