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Royals pull off fourth consecutive victory in last at-bat

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Any sort of four-game winning streak is a big deal in a town where the local team hadn't won more than three in a row since September 2009.

But Melky Cabrera's RBI single in the 12th inning Tuesday night not only pushed Kansas City past the Chicago White Sox 7-6, it gave the Royals their fourth consecutive victory in their final at-bat.

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During a 4-1 start to the season, the up-and-coming Royals have wiped out a lead in the eighth inning at home, launched a pair of game-ending home runs in the ninth and won on Cabrera's single.

In the season opener against the Angels, the only game they've lost, Alex Gordon missed a walkoff home run in the ninth by inches.

"These first five games have been the funnest five games I ever played in my life," said Billy Butler, whose two-run homer tied it at 6 in the eighth. "Hopefully we can get off to a good lead and just cruise to a victory."

Cabrera's single up the middle off Tony Pena (0-1) scored Chris Getz from second and gave KC its first back-to-back victories in extra innings since June 30-July 1, 2006. It also gave Cabrera three RBI.

"As long as you win them, that's all that counts," manager Ned Yost said.

Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) got two outs for the victory, capping another standout performance by a bullpen that contains three rookies. The relievers threw six shutout innings after the White Sox scored four in the first off Luke Hochevar and took a 6-4 lead in the sixth.

"There is nothing worse than getting four early and giving it right back," White Sox starter Gavin Floyd said.

Chris Sale relieved Floyd to begin the eighth and gave up the tying home run to Butler.

The White Sox had a 4-0 lead after Hochevar's 13th pitch. Juan Pierre got the game started with a triple into right-center and Gordon Beckham followed with a single.

Adam Dunn walked and Paul Konerko, who has at least one RBI in all four games the White Sox have played, hit an 0-1 pitch 437 feet over the fence in left.

"When you score four runs in the first inning you feel pretty good when Gavin Floyd is on the mound," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Hochevar did not allow another run until Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI triple with one out in the sixth. With two outs, Ramirez scored when third baseman Brent Morel failed to handle Pierre's infield grounder and was charged with an error.

Gordon's two-run home run in the bottom of the first cut the lead in half.

Floyd gave up a single to Alcides Escobar and walked Matt Treanor to start the second inning. Both moved up on a double steal and scored on Cabrera's two-out single, knotting it at 4.

Gordon, who had four hits and scored four runs Sunday in a 13-inning victory against the Angels, was 3 for 5 with two doubles and two RBI.

Floyd went seven innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five.

Hochevar went six innings and gave up six runs and seven hits, with two walks and one strikeout. One run was unearned.

Notes

  • Mike Aviles lined into a 6-3 double play ending the seventh, with Ramirez' throw cutting down Getz at first.
  • The Royals' longest winning streak last year was three games, on six occasions.
  • The White Sox have won the season series against the Royals nine of the past 10 years.
 
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Melky Cabrera (53) celebrates with Brayan Pena after Cabrera's game-ending single in the 12th inning.  (AP)
Melky Cabrera (53) celebrates with Brayan Pena after Cabrera's game-ending single in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF6110002 .235
Gordon Beckham, 2B6131002 .471
Adam Dunn, DH4100111 .286
    Brent Lillibridge, PR-DH0000000 .000
Paul Konerko, 1B5113112 .313
Alex Rios, CF6020001 .111
Carlos Quentin, RF5110001 .438
A.J. Pierzynski, C5010002 .333
Alexei Ramirez, SS4111112 .176
Brent Morel, 3B5010013 .286
Totals46611534  
Batting
3B - Juan Pierre (1, Hochevar), Alexei Ramirez (1, Hochevar)
HR - Paul Konerko (1, Hochevar)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (3), Paul Konerko 3 (6), Alexei Ramirez (3)
SB - Juan Pierre (1, 2nd base off Hochevar/Treanor)
CS - Brent Lillibridge (1, 3rd base by Jeffress/Treanor), Brent Morel (1, 2nd base by Crow/Treanor)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Konerko, A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gavin Floyd 7744251 5.14
Chris Sale (BS,1) 0.2222011 7.71
Jesse Crain 1.1100000 3.86
Sergio Santos 2100120 0.00
Tony Pena (L,0-1) 0.1211000 20.25
IBB - Butler by Sergio Santos
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 104-64, Chris Sale 18-11, Jesse Crain 19-13, Sergio Santos 28-18, Tony Pena 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 6-8, Jesse Crain 2-1, Sergio Santos 2-2, Tony Pena 1-0
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 28, Chris Sale 4, Jesse Crain 4, Sergio Santos 8, Tony Pena 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, 3B5000023 .158
Melky Cabrera, CF6133000 .280
Alex Gordon, LF5232011 .375
Billy Butler, DH4122100 .316
Kila Ka'aihue, 1B4000133 .176
Jeff Francoeur, RF5020002 .318
Alcides Escobar, SS5110002 .182
Matt Treanor, C4100120 .250
Chris Getz, 2B5120002 .357
Totals43713738  
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon 2 (4, Sale, Santos)
HR - Alex Gordon (1, Floyd), Billy Butler (2, Sale)
SH - Mike Aviles (1)
RBI - Melky Cabrera 3 (4), Alex Gordon 2 (3), Billy Butler 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (3)
SB - Jeff Francoeur (2, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Alcides Escobar (2, 3rd base off Floyd/Pierzynski), Matt Treanor (1, 2nd base off Floyd/Pierzynski)
PK - Jeff Francoeur (1, Crain)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Mike Aviles (3, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke Hochevar 6765211 6.17
Aaron Crow 2200020 0.00
Joakim Soria 1000010 0.00
Robinson Tejeda 1000000 3.00
Kanekoa Texeira 1.1200100 0.00
Jeremy Jeffress (W,1-0) 0.2000000 5.40
HBP - Dunn (by Luke Hochevar)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 101-58, Aaron Crow 23-19, Joakim Soria 15-8, Robinson Tejeda 8-5, Kanekoa Texeira 23-13, Jeremy Jeffress 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 8-10, Aaron Crow 1-2, Joakim Soria 1-1, Robinson Tejeda 1-2, Kanekoa Texeira 2-2, Jeremy Jeffress 1-0
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 29, Aaron Crow 7, Joakim Soria 3, Robinson Tejeda 3, Kanekoa Texeira 7, Jeremy Jeffress 1
Game Information
Attendance - 12641
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt