For the second day in a row the Chicago White Sox staged a late rally against the Kansas City Royals, but for the second straight day their efforts fell short as they lost 6-5 and finished off a sweep at the hands of their divisional rivals.
Yoán Moncada smacked his 17th home run of the season, and José Abreu drove in a pair of runs, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox lost their seventh straight game following the MLB All-Star break.
Jorge Soler hit his 26th home run of the season for the Royals, and Cheslor Cuthbert hit his sixth to help Kansas City finish off a four-game sweep of the White Sox on a scalding hot day at Kauffman Stadium.
Ross Detwiler was chased from the game in the third inning after giving up five earned runs, dropping his record to 1-1 on the season for the White Sox. Brad Keller picked up the win for Kansas City, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven batters in 6.1 innings of work.
The White Sox jumped out to an early lead thanks to some poor defense by the Royals, as Leury García scored on a Cuthbert error to make it 1-0. Welington Castillo grounded into a double play shortly after that, but it was enough to score Moncada and give the Sox a 2-0 edge after one inning.
Moncada smacked a home run in the third inning to make it 3-0, but from there the wheels fell off for the White Sox. The Royals put up five runs in the frame thanks to home runs from Cuthbert and Soler, which tied the game at 3-3, then Billy Hamilton singled to right field to score two more runs and push the Royals in front by a 5-3 margin.
The Royals added an insurance run in the fifth, and the White Sox were able to scratch out single runs in the sixth and ninth innings to make it a 6-5 game. With two runners on and two out, Ian Kennedy managed to strike out AJ Reed to end the contest and send the White Sox to yet another defeat.
The South Siders will now head to Tampa Bay for a three-game series against the Rays beginning on Friday night. Reynaldo Lopez will take the ball for the White Sox in a game that will start at 6:10 p.m.