Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Billy Butler opened the scoring with a two-run
double and compiled three hits for the game, while James Shields struck out 10
to pick up career win No. 100 in the Royals' 6-1 victory over the White Sox.
Shields (13-9) outdueled counterpart Chris Sale in style, as the 31-year-old
reached double-digit strikeouts for the second time in three starts. He went
seven innings, with his only blemish a home run by Gordon Beckham.
"Not only has he given us No. 1 starter quality stuff, he's been a great
leader," said Kansas City manager Ned Yost about Shields.
With the victory, Kansas City reached the 85-win plateau for the first time in
24 years. Emilio Bonifacio went 2-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs, while
Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain finished with an RBI apiece.
Sale (11-14) had allowed just two runs in 24 innings against Kansas City this
season coming in, but gave up twice that amount on Friday over just 5 1/3
frames. He was tagged for nine hits and struck out five.
"I think over the course of the year he's had a good year," Chicago manager
Robin Ventura said of Sale. "Tonight wasn't one of those. They swung it pretty
good against him tonight."
The White Sox have dropped the first two of this four-game set and 22 of their
last 28 overall. Without a win in one of these last two games, Chicago will
notch its first 100-loss campaign since 1970.
Shields had a three-run cushion to work with before he even took the mound.
Butler came up with runners aboard and brought both in with a double to
center, then came in to score on Cain's single.
An RBI single from Bonifacio made it 4-0 in the fourth, and by the end of the
bottom half, Shields had accumulated seven strikeouts. Gordon and Bonifacio
added back-to-back RBI hits in the sixth to push the Royals' edge to six.
Shields fanned batter No. 10 to start the bottom half of the frame before
Chicago finally got on the board with Beckham's homer to left.
Wade Davis closed it out for Shields, pitching a pair of perfect frames to
secure the milestone victory for the right-hander.
Shields has won nine of his last 13 starts ... The last time Kansas City had
at least 85 wins was in 1989 ... Alexei Ramirez had half of Chicago's four
hits ... The Royals were 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
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