Davis outpitches Sale as Royals beat White Sox
(AP) — Kansas City manager Ned Yost thought it was a hit. Greg Holland
was preparing for a tie game. David Lough had other ideas.
Lough made a terrific diving catch to rob Jeff Keppinger of a tying RBI single in the ninth inning, helping Wade Davis and the Royals beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
grab in right was part of a terrific defensive performance for Kansas
City. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar also
chipped in with two nice plays apiece.
"We play great defense
every night," manager Ned Yost said. "I mean it was a great play by
David Lough, but we play solid, solid good defense every single night
for the most part."
Davis (5-9) allowed four hits — all singles —
and walked three in a season-high 7.1 innings. The right-hander, who
came over with James Shields in Kansas City's big offseason trade with
Tampa Bay, was 0-4 with a 10.91 ERA in his previous four starts.
got ahead of a lot more guys tonight," Davis said. "I got some early
swings to help me get deeper in the ballgame, too, and defense was
pretty good today."
Louis Coleman came in after Alejandro De Aza's
single in the eighth and got Alexei Ramirez to ground into a double
play. Holland then worked a shaky ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances.
White Sox had runners on the corners with one out when Lough scrambled
in to grab Keppinger's liner. Alex Rios did not tag up on the play, and
pinch hitter Conor Gillaspie struck out to end the game.
(defense), so I was a little deeper than what I normally would be on
Keppinger," Lough said. "He kind of hit it pretty hard out there,
thought I had a chance at it so I went for it and I was able to make the
It was another hard-luck loss for Sale (6-10), who
allowed seven hits and struck out seven in his fourth career complete
game. The All-Star left-hander is 1-8 with a 2.84 ERA in his last 10
"Just keep grinding. Stay on top and keep your head up," Sale said. "Things will turn around."
Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer had two hits apiece for the Royals, who have won seven of nine overall. Butler went 2 for 3 with a walk and is batting .450 (18 for 40) in his last 11 games.
and Butler started the sixth with consecutive singles. Hosmer advanced
to third on Salvador Perez's fly ball to deep center and came home when
Cain doubled down the third-base line.
Cain's hit put runners on
second and third with one out, but Sale retired Lough on a harmless
comebacker and struck out Miguel Tejada to end the inning.
pitched great tonight," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "There's
no question about it. You can't be perfect, but he's pretty dang close."
White Sox threatened in the bottom half, putting runners on the corners
with two out. Paul Konerko then hit a drive to center, forcing Cain to
make a nice running catch.
Davis waited on the dirt outside of the
dugout to congratulate Cain as he hustled in from the outfield, but he
was only getting started. Cain made an even better catch for the first
out of the seventh, crashing into the wall while taking a hit away from
The second play prompted a few of the Royals
to wave their hats toward center while Cain got himself together for
the next pitch. He came out in the eighth due to tightness in his left
groin, but the Royals said it was precautionary.
got a little bit of a groin strain, why we took him out," Yost said.
"He's day to day. Probably rest him tomorrow because we've got an off
day on Monday, grab him two days right there."
It was more than just Cain on a nice defensive night for both teams.
ranged up the middle and made a spinning throw to retire Keppinger in
the second. Then he got Josh Phegley with another strong throw in the
fifth after his grounder deflected off the glove of third baseman
Second baseman Gordon Beckham and shortstop Ramirez each
had a defensive gem for the White Sox. Beckham nearly misplayed Tejada's
second-inning popup, but recovered in time to make a tumbling grab in
short center field. Ramirez made a diving stop on Perez's grounder up
the middle in the fourth, and then managed to shovel the ball to Beckham
at second for the forceout.