Sale wins 8th straight, White Sox top Royals 2-1

By: Courtesy: AP
By: Courtesy: AP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chris Sale won his eighth straight
decision, Adam Dunn homered in his third straight game and the
Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Sunday.

Sale (11-2) is 8-0 with two no-decisions since a May 12 loss to
the Royals.

He allowed one run and scattered a season-high 10 hits eight
innings to lower his earned run average to 2.11, which ranks second
on the American League. He struck out four and walked none.

Dunn, who leads the league with 28 home runs, drilled a 2-0
pitch from Luis Mendoza (3-6) just inside the right-field pole in
the first inning. Dunn has 65 hits overall this season, meaning 43
percent of them have been home runs.

Addison Reed, who blew a save Friday, worked a scoreless ninth
for his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the second when
Alex Rios singled, A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch and Dayan
Viciedo stroked an infield single. They converted that into just
one run when Rios scored as Alexei Ramirez grounded into a double
play. Mendoza threw but seven pitches to five batters that inning.

Mendoza allowed just one hit after the second inning, but took
the loss. He gave up two runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, while
striking out six and walking four.

The Royals avoided a shutout when Mike Moustakas, who led off
the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a Sale wild
pitch, scored on a Chris Getz single.

Getz moved to third on Alex Gordon's single, but was stranded
when Alcides Escobar struck out and Butler grounded out.

The AL Central leading White Sox are 7-2 in their past nine
games. The Royals lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

NOTES: 1B Eric Hosmer, who is hitless in his past 11 at-bats to
drop his average to .224, was not in the Royals lineup Sunday.

.Royals C Manny Pina, who had knee surgery in spring training, was
reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. RHP Felipe Paulino, who had season-ending elbow
surgery, was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day.

Dunn has homered in three straight games for the second time this
season. The first was June 9-12. .White Sox 1B Paul Konerko is
hitting .228 since May 28. He had a .399 average before then.

LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who has not won since April 8, will be the
Royals' starter Monday for the series opener against Seattle. The
Mariners will counter with LHP Jason Vargas. .The White Sox travel
to Boston, which will be a homecoming for 3B Kevin Youkilis. The
Red Sox dealt him on June 24 to Chicago.

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