Cain delivers game-winning hit for Royals in 14th inning
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain’s two-out single in the 14th inning scored Christian Colon from second base and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Colon opened the inning with a single and Paulo Orlando sacrificed him to second. Cain laced a single to center to score Colon, ending the 4-hour, 34-minute game, the longest by the Royals this season.
Dillon Gee (4-5), the eighth Kansas City pitcher, struck out three in two perfect innings to pick up the victory. Matt Albers (2-5) was charged with the loss.
Jarrod Dyson led off the 13th inning with a triple, but the Royals failed to get him home. Dan Jennings struck out the next three batters: Drew Butera, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar.
Tim Anderson delivered a run-producing single with two outs in the 11th to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead, but closer David Robertson failed to hold it.
Anderson, who had struck out four times, hit a soft liner over the head of first baseman Eric Hosmer to score Todd Frazier, who led off the inning with a single off Chien-Ming Wang.
Robertson, who has blown saves in the first two games of the series, walked Hosmer to lead off the bottom of the 11th. Jarrod Dyson sacrificed him to second and Salvador Perez’s double scored Hosmer.
White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana limited the Royals to four hits and one run over 7 1-3 innings.
He was pulled after Paulo Orlando’s double in the eighth inning. Nate Jones replaced him and on his first pitch yielded a run-producing double to Cheslor Cuthbert. It was Jones’ seventh blown save of the season.
Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy, who has a 0.93 ERA in his past three starts, held the White Sox to one run and six hits over 6 1-3 innings. Kennedy is 0-3 with five no-decisions since a June 26 victory over Houston.
The Royals have scored a total of nine runs while Kennedy was on the mound in his past eight starts.
J.D. Shuck, who hit .083 over his previous eight games, homered on a 2-0 pitch in the third, the only run Kennedy allowed.
Orlando had two outfield assists. He threw out Omar Narvaez at the plate in the seventh when he attempted to score from second on
Shuck’s single to center. In the ninth, pinch-runner Carlos Sanchez tried to take second on Tyler Saladino’s fly out to deep right-center, but Orlando threw him out.
White Sox pitching Don Cooper was ejected by plate umpire Pat Hoberg five pitches into the bottom of the first inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Ken Harrelson, who is in his 32nd season in the White Sox television booth, will miss all six games of this Kansas City and Miami road trip due to illness.
White Sox: INF Brett Lawrie (strained left hamstring) has resumed swinging a bat. “He looks much better from where he was,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s another step in the right direction for him, but, we don’t know exactly how that’s going to go.”
Royals: LHP Mike Minor, who has not pitched in the majors since Sept. 23, 2014, with the Braves and had surgery in 2015 to repair a torn labrum, is rehabbing with Triple-A Omaha. He likely will not rejoin the Royals until September, when the hope is could make some starts.
White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez is 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts this season against the Royals.
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is 4-0 with a 3.67 ERA in nine home starts this season.