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Moustakas scores winner in ninth, Royals edge ChiSox

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CHICAGO -- Despite starter Jose Quintana's best efforts, the White Sox again couldn't find a way to beat Mike Moustakas and the Kansas City Royals.

One day after hitting two home runs, Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning, jarring the ball loose from White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers as he slid into the plate, giving the Royals a 2-1 victory Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Moustakas triggered the decisive rally with a lead-off single off Zach Putnam (3-2), the last of four White Sox pitchers. Alcides Escobar bunted Moustakas over before Nori Aoki flared a single to center field.

Adam Eaton's strong throw beat Moustakas to the plate, but Flowers lost control of the ball when Moustakas slid into the tag. Flowers was charged with an error on the play.

"I looked at the replay," Flowers said. "It looked like his knee, on impact, was literally straight into the webbing of the glove. I wish I would have hung onto it, but there's nothing I could do different."

Wade Davis (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning and Greg Holland retired the side in order in the ninth for his 26th save.

After the teams traded runs in the first inning, starters James Shields and Quintana matched each other with six scoreless innings. Neither was overwhelming, but both were able to get key outs when necessary.

"[Quintana] threw a great game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You get two guys like that going at it, it's slim pickings for runs."

Shields allowed six hits in seven innings He walked one batter and struck out seven.

In seven innings, Quintana gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out three. He remained winless (0-5) against the Royals in 11 career starts.

"That's sucker's good," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Quintana. "You know when you match up against him, it's going to be a tough."

Chicago's Adam Dunn singled home Jose Abreu to tie the score at 1 in the first.

Kansas City took the lead on Eric Hosmer's sacrifice fly.

Hosmer left the game in the eighth inning with decreased grip strength in his hand. He missed Kansas City's last two games after being hit by a pitch in the hand on Sunday.

Notes

Hosmer (bruised hand) and Abreu (sore back) returned to the lineup after brief absences. Abreu was inactive for one game. ... Davis has not allowed an extra-base hit in 42 2/3 innings this season. .... White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo was a late scratch because of tightness in his left hamstring. Moises Sierra replaced him in right field. ... White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper (vertigo) did not accompany the team to Minneapolis for the start of a seven-game road trip. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen assumed his duties for the third consecutive game. ... White Sox OF Avisail Garcia (shoulder surgery) will accelerate his workout regimen on the road trip. No timetable has been set for a rehab assignment. .... In his professional debut, White Sox first-round draft pick Carlos Rendon allowed one run in one inning of relief in the Arizona Rookie League on Tuesday.

 
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Mike Moustakas, who hits a leadoff single in the ninth, scores the go-ahead run for the Royals. (Getty Images)
Mike Moustakas, who hits a leadoff single in the ninth, scores the go-ahead run for the Royals. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

T. Flowers
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF4110112.296.334.415
Omar Infante, 2B3010110.271.310.377
Eric Hosmer, 1B2001000.271.317.383
   a-Billy Butler, PH-1B1000001.266.321.346
Salvador Perez, C4020000.283.326.428
Alex Gordon, LF3030100.280.363.431
Danny Valencia, DH3000014.287.333.389
   b-Raul Ibanez, PH-DH1000003.155.242.262
Mike Moustakas, 3B3110100.199.265.391
Alcides Escobar, SS3000011.278.315.380
Norichika Aoki, RF3020100.263.333.322
   Jarrod Dyson, PR-CF0000000.292.350.354
James Shields, P0000000.400.400.600
   Wade Davis, P0000000.000.000.000
   Greg Holland, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals30210154    
a-hit by pitch for Hosmer in the 8th
b-popped out for Valencia in the 8th
Batting
2B - Lorenzo Cain (18, Quintana)
SF - Eric Hosmer (6)
SH - Omar Infante (3), Alcides Escobar (6)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (45)
SB - Lorenzo Cain (13, 2nd base off Putnam/Flowers), Jarrod Dyson (19, 3rd base off Putnam/Flowers)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Moustakas-Infante-Hosmer
E - Omar Infante (5, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields 7611170 3.58
Wade Davis (W,6-2) 1000010 1.05
Greg Holland (S,26) 1000020 1.72
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 105-74, Wade Davis 8-6, Greg Holland 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 9-4, Wade Davis 1-1, Greg Holland 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 27, Wade Davis 3, Greg Holland 3
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Adam Eaton, CF3000100.281.355.382
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000004.224.274.355
Jose Abreu, 1B4110030.292.340.618
Adam Dunn, DH4011030.228.362.441
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010011.280.317.393
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000011.315.370.462
Alejandro De Aza, LF3000010.235.307.361
Tyler Flowers, C3020000.235.292.328
Moises Sierra, RF3010011.214.237.317
Jose Quintana, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000.000.000.000
   Eric Surkamp, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals32161110    
Batting
2B - Jose Abreu (23, Shields), Moises Sierra (5, Shields)
RBI - Adam Dunn (41)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (11)
PK - Alexei Ramirez (1, Shields)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
DP - Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu, Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu-Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu, Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu-Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu-Quintana-Beckham-Abreu, Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu-Gillaspie-Beckham-Abreu-Quintana-Beckham-Abreu-Beckham-A. Ramirez-Abreu
E - Tyler Flowers (5, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 7711230 3.15
Ronald Belisario 0.2100110 4.68
Eric Surkamp 0.1000000 5.63
Zach Putnam (L,3-2) 1210200 2.35
IBB - Gordon by Ronald Belisario, Infante by Zach Putnam
HBP - Butler (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 112-77, Ronald Belisario 20-12, Eric Surkamp 3-2, Zach Putnam 27-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 13-2, Ronald Belisario 1-0, Zach Putnam 2-0
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 27, Ronald Belisario 5, Eric Surkamp 1, Zach Putnam 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23811
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Jeff Gosney, Third Base - Mike Winters