Chicago at Kansas City

Royals 4, White Sox 3 wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez came up with the winning hit right after Nori Aoki made the game-saving catch.

Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Saturday.

Alex Gordon doubled off left-hander Scott Downs (0-1) before Perez hit Maikel Cleto's second pitch down the left-field line.

Wade Davis (1-1) let the White Sox tie it at three when gave up two runs in the eighth on two singles, a walk, a hit batter and sacrifice fly.

Greg Holland worked around a leadoff walk for his second save in two days.

Royals right fielder Aoki prevented the White Sox from taking a lead when he made a lunging catch of Alexei Ramirez line drive to end the eighth with two runners on base.

''Nori made a tremendous catch that saved the game from being cracked open there,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Aoki, a six-time Gold Glove winner in center field in Japan, got a good jump on Ramirez's scorcher.

''It was a situation where we couldn't give up any more runs,'' Aoki said through an interpreter. ''That was the play I was most happy with. The only thing was the sun was in my eyes.''

Ramirez already had two singles and believed he had one over extra bases over Aoki's head.

''I don't think it got up in the wind enough to have a chance,'' Paul Konerko said ''That's what the game comes down to sometimes, something so small.''

Conor Gillaspie hit an RBI single in the eighth before Konerko's sacrifice fly tied it and gave him 146 RBI against Kansas City, the most by any opponent.

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen allowed one unearned run on six singles, walked none and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, but had to settle for a no-decision.

White Sox left-hander John Danks did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, when six straight Kansas City batters reached base.

''I wish I had an explanation for it,'' Danks said. ''It was the heart of the lineup. I was trying to come inside and just lost control a little. Hosmer I got behind 2-0 and you don't want to make too good a pitch to him.''

Omar Infante, Eric Hosmer, Butler and Alex Gordon opened the inning with singles. Butler's single scored Infante for the first run, while Mike Moustakas walked with the bases loaded for the other run. Butler drove in another run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly.

''John just had the one inning where it got out of hand and he lost his control and it came back to bite us,'' White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Moustakas' fielding error led to an unearned White Sox run in the fifth. Adam Eaton's groundout scored Ramirez.


The Royals designated for assignment INF Pedro Ciriaco, who has a .277 career batting average in the majors with four clubs, and purchased the contract of RHP Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha. With the addition of Brooks, the Royals have a 12-man pitching staff. Brooks, who was a starter in the minors, will go to the bullpen.. The White Sox have lost their first two away games after going an AL worst 26-55 in road games last year.. White Sox RF Avisail Garcia, in an 0-for-13 funk, was given the day off.. Aces LHP Chris Sale of the White Sox and RHP James Shields of the Royals are set to pitch Sunday.

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Marcus Semien, 2B5110013 .130
Jose Abreu, 1B4110012 .300
Dayan Viciedo, RF3010112 .500
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4021012 .400
Paul Konerko, DH3001022 .200
Alejandro De Aza, LF4000024 .211
Alexei Ramirez, SS4120002 .444
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   Leury Garcia, PR0000000 .375
John Danks, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Nieto in the 9th
SF - Paul Konerko (1)
RBI - Adam Eaton (5), Conor Gillaspie (2), Paul Konerko (1)
SB - Leury Garcia (1, 2nd base off Holland/Perez)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
DP - Semien-A. Ramirez-Abreu
E - Jose Abreu (2, Missed catch of throw)
PB - Adrian Nieto (1)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
John Danks 7533460 3.86
Scott Downs (L,0-1) 0.2111110 10.80
Maikel Cleto 0.1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 115-76, Scott Downs 14-7, Maikel Cleto 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 6-8
Batters Faced - John Danks 29, Scott Downs 3, Maikel Cleto 2
Kansas City Royals
Norichika Aoki, RF3110100 .250
Omar Infante, 2B4110012 .353
Eric Hosmer, 1B3010111 .357
Billy Butler, DH2112100 .250
   Jarrod Dyson, PR-DH0000000 .000
Alex Gordon, LF4120003 .267
Salvador Perez, C3011110 .538
Mike Moustakas, 3B3001112 .000
Lorenzo Cain, CF3000023 .267
Alcides Escobar, SS3000013 .000
Bruce Chen, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
2B - Norichika Aoki (2, Danks), Alex Gordon (2, Downs), Salvador Perez (4, Cleto)
SF - Billy Butler (1)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (2), Salvador Perez (2), Mike Moustakas (1)
2-OUT RBI - Salvador Perez (1)
SB - Norichika Aoki (1, 3rd base off Danks/Nieto)
CS - Jarrod Dyson (1, 2nd base by Downs/Nieto)
Team LOB - 6
E - Mike Moustakas (2, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Bruce Chen 6.1610070 0.00
Aaron Crow (H,2) 0.2000000 0.00
Wade Davis (W,1-1; BS,1) 1222110 6.23
Greg Holland (S,2) 1000120 0.00
HBP - Abreu (by Wade Davis)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 101-64, Aaron Crow 8-4, Wade Davis 25-15, Greg Holland 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 6-7, Aaron Crow 2-0, Greg Holland 1-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 26, Aaron Crow 2, Wade Davis 7, Greg Holland 4
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Attendance - 21463
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Will Little