White Sox trim Royals to complete suspended game
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Avisail Garcia's RBI base hit in the bottom of the ninth sent the Chicago White Sox past Kansas City by a 3-2 count in the continuation of Friday's unfinished contest.
Heavy rain forced the second installment of this tension-filled series to be suspended after eight innings with the teams tied at 2-2.
Once the game resumed in the top of the ninth, David Robertson (2-0) stranded a runner on first in a scoreless frame.
"It was no different for me. I went out of the bullpen, threw my normal little warmups and just came in," said Robertson. "The only thing different is standing in the dugout and coming out. It's like you're going out for a second inning."
Kelvin Herrera (0-1) retired the first two batters in the home half, but Melky Cabrera walked, moved up on a wild pitch, then, after Jose Abreu was intentionally walked, Garcia dumped a hit to left which easily scored Cabrera.
Kansas City, which won Thursday's brawl-marred opener in 13 innings, owned a 2-1 lead that its usually impenetrable bullpen couldn't hold in the bottom of the seventh.
Chicago's Adam Eaton golfed a pitch from Chris Young into the gap in left center and hustled his way to a leadoff triple before scoring the tying run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cabrera.
The run ended a stretch of 28 2/3 scoreless innings thrown by Royals relievers.
The Royals pushed home the game's initial run when Paulo Orlando doubled off Chicago starter Jose Quintana in the third inning and crossed the plate on Alcides Escobar's single.
The White Sox then capitalized on a Kansas City error in the fourth to pull even.
Escobar's wild throw to first on Alexei Ramirez's grounder put a runner on second with none out, and the White Sox pushed Ramirez home on a fly ball and a chopper from Tyler Flowers to knot the score at 1-1.
The Royals took advantage of Quintana's lone walk, a leadoff free pass to Alex Gordon in the fifth, to move back ahead. After a Salvador Perez single moved Gordon to third, Orlando laced a base hit to left for a 2-1 lead.
Quintana allowed both Kansas City runs while striking out five over seven solid innings. Danny Duffy surrendered one unearned run on six hits before being removed with one out in the sixth.
"I think we got all our emotions out that night and I think it's over and done with," Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain said. "I think we're going to try to go out here and go back to just playing baseball and leave it at that."
Orlando ended up with three hits for the Royals, while Eaton, Abreu and Garcia finished with two hits each for the ChiSox ... Prior to the game, both Ramirez and Abreu were presented with their Silver Slugger Awards.