KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Chris Sale was short of his All-Star
best. He was still good enough to win his eight 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
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.
"Obviously, a lot of hits," Sale said. "You just try to brush
that off and keep going about what you need to do and have that
mindset and go out and still make pitches."
Sale, who is from Florida, liked the 94 degree temperature for
the first pitch.
"I've always said I like pitching in warm weather way better
than cold. It's definitely nice to have some heat out there
Sale threw 115 pitches, but manager Robin Ventura had no qualms
about sending him out for the eighth inning.
"It was his game," Ventura said. "He finds a way to get
himself into trouble and out of trouble, too."
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.
"On 2-0, I was geared up for a fastball and it was a
changeup," Dunn said. "I just caught it out in front. I don't hit
many of those line drive home runs. I could have easily hooked it
foul. That was obviously a positive thing. That's what we've been
working on all spring to stay inside of it."
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 hit 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 Royals went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position
"We knew who we had to face today and he was as good as
advertised," Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur said. "He has
his fastball in the 86 to 95 range and a change of pace and the
slurve. His speed is all over the place. With him it's hard to get
that gapper. You've got to be patient. You can't be trying to kill
if or he'll get you with that off-speed every time."
The AL Central leading White Sox are 7-2 in their past nine
games. The Royals lost for the 10th time in 13 games.