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Sale Pitches Sox to Victory

July 15 at Kansas City Royals

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The combination of Chris Sale and just enough offense were the making for a victory.

Short Take:   Even without his best stuff, Chris Sale managed to hold the Royals at bay, allowing only one earned run in eight innings of work.

Looking for their first series win in Kansas City since 2009, the Sox fought tooth and nail to win Sunday afternoon's game against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Courtesy of Chris Sale's eight innings of one-run ball and a scoreless ninth by Addison Reed, the Sox managed to hold on to their 2-1 lead and indeed won their first series in Kansas City in three years.

The Sox got off to a good start against Luis Mendoza (3-6) when Adam Dunn took him deep for his league-leading 28th homerun of the season and third in as many games, giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead. They would add to that lead in the second when they loaded the bases. Alex Rios led off the inning with a base hit, A.J. Pierzynski was hit by a pitch and Dayan Viciedo reached on an infield single. That brought Alexei Ramirez to the plate, who scalded the baseball down the third base line, but Mike Moustakas took away at least a double and instead, turned a double play on which Rios scored the second White Sox run.

Chris Sale (11-2) didn't have his best stuff, as he allowed a season-high 10 hits over his eight innings of work, but when it mattered most, he got out of trouble. The only run he allowed on the afternoon came in the fifth, courtesy of a Moustakas single and a wild pitch by Sale. The bottom of the eighth was the key to Sale's victory. Having already thrown 110 pitches, Robin Ventura sent Sale out to pitch the eighth. Sale allowed back-to-back hits to Alcides Escobar and Billy Butler, but he got Lorenzo Cain to line out and Yuniesky Bentancourt to ground into an inning-ending double play. Addison Reed pitched the ninth and, despite giving up a base hit, recorded his 14th save of the season.

After Sunday's victory, the Sox maintained their 3 1/2 game lead in the division, but the Detroit Tigers have taken over second place, as Cleveland lost and is now four games back of the South Siders. The Sox have started their 10 game road trip 2-1 and look to improve on that record Monday night in Boston. Due to tendonitis in his forearm, Gavin Floyd is going to be skipped, meaning the Dylan Axelrod (1-2, 6.16 ERA) experiment will continue, as he'll start the game at Fenway Park for the Sox and will oppose Boston's Aaron Cook (2-2, 4.37 ERA). The first pitch will be thrown at 6:10p CDT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

KW Appreciates The Game:
 I'm an absolute genius for listening to Chris Sale when he called me two months ago and begged to be inserted back into the rotation!

submitted by ChiSoxGirl.

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