May 20: White Sox (23-24) 7, Royals (22-23) 6
Behind a quality start from righty Andre Rienzo and an insurance home run by Adam Dunn in the late-going the Chicago White Sox held on to defeat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on the road. Rienzo went six innings and gave up just two runs to improve to 4-0.
The White Sox didn’t waste any time in the game as they got on the board in the top half of the first. All with two outs, Conor Gillaspie tripled for the first time this season and was then plated home on a Dayan Viciedo line drive to center field for 1-0 lead.
The Royals jumped right back into the game as they took a one-run lead in the bottom of the second on a Danny Valencia two-run double. Rienzo put himself in a bad spot as he walked Billy Butler and hit Alex Gordon with a pitch to start the inning. He wiggled out of the inning without more damage as he got Nori Aoki to ground out with two baserunners in scoring position.
Chicago eventually answered back in the top half of the fifth with a three-spot to take a narrow 4-2 lead. Tyler Flowers tied the game at two when he homered to left with one out. Gordon Beckham then gave the White Sox a lead they would not relinquish when he singled home a run on a soft ground ball to left. A wild pitch by Yordano Ventura then brought Beckham home with two outs in the inning to cap the scoring in the frame.
Dunn gave the White Sox some breathing room in the eighth when he sent a 2-2 pitch from Aaron Crow over the center-field wall for a three-run home run and a Chicago 7-2 lead.
In the bottom half of the eighth the Royals made things interesting. They plated home three of their own to pull within two. Gordon started things off with a run-scoring ground out to second base. Lorenzo Cain then singled home a run on a soft line drive to right. He then came home to score the final run of the inning on a Frank Francisco wild pitch.
With Ronald Bellisario pitching in the ninth, Kansas City kept things interesting as they scored another run and got the potential tying run on second. All with two outs, Butler doubled before being knocked home on a Gordon single. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second to put himself two bags away from tying the game at seven apiece. Bellisario then struck out Cain for the final out of the game and his first save of the season.
In the loss, Ventura went six innings, giving up four runs and seven hits. Getting the win, Rienzo gave up five hits and struck out eight to stay perfect on the year.