Yasmani Grandal was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox out-slugged the Kansas City Royals for a 10-7 victory Saturday night. Luis Robert had four hits, including a homer.
Salvador Perez had two home runs and five RBIs for the Royals.
Craig Kimbrel (3-4) earned the win in relief. Liam Hendriks got his 32nd save.
Daniel Lynch (4-4) took the loss in his second shortest outing of his career, and shortest since returning from the minors July 25. He allowed six runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three.
The White Sox used the long ball to jump out to an early lead in the first. Robert hit a 452-foot home run to left center with one out. With two outs and Jose Abreu on first, Grandal hit one 425 feet to right center.
Chicago scored three more runs in the third when the first three batters reached safely. Robert and Abreu singled before Eloy Jimenez walked. Catcher Cam Gallagher threw the ball over the head of Emmanuel Rivera, which allowed Robert to score. Grandal’s single scored Abreu and Leury Garcia’s sacrifice fly scored Jimenez and ended Lynch’s night.
Gallagher singled in Rivera for the Royals’ first run in the third. After two lineouts, Perez hit his 39th home run of the season, a 428-foot blast to center. It was Perez’s 191st career home run, breaking a tie with Alex Gordon for fourth all-time in franchise history.
Abreu’s 500th career extra-base hit, a double in the fourth, scored Danny Mendick. Grandal’s sacrifice fly scored Robert for his fourth RBI.
Chicago added another run in the fifth. Romy Gonzalez got his first major league RBI on a groundout.
In the bottom of the fifth, Perez hit his second home run of the night, and 40th of the season. This one drove in three, cutting the deficit to 9-6. It was Perez’s 12th career multi-homer game and sixth this season. It was also his fourth career five-RBI game.
Carlos Santana’s first homer since July 24 got the Royals within two in the sixth.
Andrew Vaughn’s RBI single in the eighth provided the final Chicago run.
–Field Level Media