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Recap: White Sox 3, Royals 2
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: June 22, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had a runner on third base with one out in the eighth inning and left him there. The Chicago White Sox had the same situation in the ninth and brought him home.

That about summed up their game on Saturday.

The White Sox eked out a 3-2 victory when ace reliever Jesse Crain shut down the Royals in a shaky eighth inning, and Alejandro De Aza provided his timely sacrifice fly to score pinch-runner Jordan Danks from third base in the top of the ninth.

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``We both had the same situation late - had the winning run on third base - and they executed and we didn't,' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

It wasn't quite that simple, of course.

Eric Hosmer hit a long fly to right field in the ninth that fell for a triple thanks in part to some miscommunication in the White Sox outfield. But Crain (2-1) calmly got Salvador Perez to pop out and then struck out Lorenzo Cain for his 29th consecutive scoreless appearance.

That kept the game tied going to the ninth inning.

Dayan Viciedo led off with a single against Aaron Crow (3-3), and Jeff Keppinger drew a walk to reach base for the fourth time. Yost brought in closer Greg Holland, and he got pinch-hitter Gordon Beckham to fly out to center field. But that allowed Danks - who was running for Viciedo - to reach third base with one out.

De Aza laid off a couple of pitches out of the zone before ripping a fly ball to right field that was just deep enough to allow Danks to slide home ahead of the throw.

``I was trying to get a pitch that I could make some contact and drive that run in,' De Aza said. ``The hitters in front me, they all did their job and gave me a chance to drive one in.'

Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie also drove in runs for the White Sox, who have taken the first two games in the three-game set after starting 1-6 on their 10-game road trip.

``It seems like we're always on the losing end of one-run games, so fundamentally to get a sac fly to get the winning run, it's a good feeling,' Keppinger said. ``Hopefully we can build off it.'

The Royals, meanwhile, have dropped four straight since climbing back to .500.

``We're all scratching our heads,' Yost said. ``The consistency of our offense has been a little bit mind-boggling. It's getting them to stay relaxed in situations.'

Kansas City (34-38) is 11-33 when scoring three runs or fewer this season.

``It's baseball, man. It's a hard game,' the Royals' Mike Moustakas said. ``Sometimes you get the job done, sometimes you don't get it done, and that's just kind of how it turns out.'

The Royals struck first when Miguel Tejada, starting at second base for the ninth time in his 16-year career, hit a two-out single in the second inning. The 39-year-old then chugged all the way around on a double by Moustakas to give Kansas City the early lead.

It was the first RBI for Moustakas since May 23.

The White Sox threatened in the third when Keppinger singled and Tyler Flowers walked to start the inning. Alex Rios hit a ball down the right-field line that fell foul by just a couple of feet, and then he struck out looking to keep the White Sox off the scoreboard.

At least until the fourth.

Dunn, who was hitting .186 coming into the game, walked leading off the inning. Paul Konerko followed with a single up the middle, and Gillaspie's slow roller up the middle was enough to drive in Dunn with the tying run.

Wade Davis nearly escaped the inning when he got Viciedo to ground into a double play, but Keppinger delivered a single to right that gave the White Sox a 2-1 lead.

Kansas City was poised for a big sixth inning, tying the game on a single by Perez and putting runners on first and second with one out. But reliever Matt Lindstrom entered the game and got Lorenzo Cain to ground into a double play on his first pitch to end the threat.

White Sox starter Jose Quintana wound up going 5 1-3 innings, while Davis made it through seven innings on the warm afternoon. He also gave up two runs for the Royals.

``Tough loss,' Davis said, ``having a tie game in the ninth inning.'

NOTES: Keppinger started at 2B in place of Beckham and finished 3 for 3. ... The Royals activated OF Jarrod Dyson (right high ankle sprain) from the DL and optioned 2B Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha. ... RHP Dylan Axelrod goes to the mound for the White Sox in Sunday's series finale. RHP James Shields starts for Kansas City.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
White Sox at Royals
Fri, Jun 21 Final 9 to 1
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GAME 2
White Sox at Royals
Sat, Jun 22 Final 3 to 2
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GAME 3
White Sox at Royals
Sun, Jun 23 Final 6 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +112   -175   8.5 
 KAN  -122   +155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +114   -180   8.5 
 KAN  -124   +160   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  28%   53%   39% 
 KAN  72%   47%   61% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 9 Cover: +123 
 KAN 1 Over: 10 
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 May 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 2 Cover: +127 
 KAN 1 Under: 3 
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 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 5 Over: 11 
 KAN 6 Cover: +100 
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 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Under: 2 
 KAN 2 Cover: +100 
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 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Under: 0 
 KAN 0 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Cover: +106 
 CHW 1 Under: 4 
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 Apr 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 2 Under: 7 
 CHW 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 0 Under: 1 
 CHW 1 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 8 Cover: +100 
 CHW 2 Over: 10 
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 Mar 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Over: 10 
 KAN 10 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Jun 22
 
    Rockies at Nationals
12:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Phillies
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Cubs
4:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Brewers
4:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Tigers
7:15 PM EDT
    Twins at Indians
7:15 PM EDT
    Rangers at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
7:15 PM EDT
    Reds at Diamondbacks
7:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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