Tim Anderson homered among his three hits and three RBIs, Andrew Vaughn smacked a solo shot and Dylan Cease delivered six shutout innings to lift the host Chicago White Sox to a 7-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Relievers Michael Kopech, Garrett Crochet and Ryan Tepera combined with Cease on a three-hitter. Hunter Dozier’s triple in the seventh was the Royals’ lone extra-base hit. Dozier scored one batter later on a Ryan O’Hearn sacrifice fly as Kansas City drew to within 3-1.
Chicago capitalized when the Royals’ relief corps struggled with command in the next half-inning. After Kyle Zimmer walked the bases loaded, Seby Zavala coaxed a walk from Richard Lovelady to force in a run. Anderson followed with an RBI single before Jose Abreu smacked a two-run single to punctuate a four-run rally.
Cease stymied the Royals for six innings, allowing only a single to Edward Olivares leading off the third. The right-hander retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced, capping his outing by striking out the heart of the Kansas City order.
That gave Cease (8-6) a career-best 11 strikeouts to go with two walks.
Jarrod Dyson entered the game as a pinch-runner in the fourth as a replacement for Andrew Benintendi, who suffered a left shoulder sprain while sliding to avoid a tag on a steal of second base. Benintendi is day-to-day.
Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, ending his hitting streak at 12 games.
Lefty Kris Bubic took the loss, falling to 3-5 after scattering three runs and three hits in six innings. Bubic walked three and struck out eight for his second quality start against the White Sox in six days. He faced one batter over the minimum after faltering in the third, walking a pair and allowing a two-run home run to Anderson.
Eloy Jimenez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout for the White Sox in his return following a four-game absence with groin tightness.
–Field Level Media