Rios beats tag in 8th, Royals sweep White Sox

Alex Rios beat the tag at the plate on a grounder in the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals edged the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The Royals have won three straight games by one run for the first time since August 2012.

Kansas City widened its lead to 11 1-2 games in the AL Central and improved to 10-3 against the White Sox this season.

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer that put Kansas City ahead 3-0 in the first.

It was 4-all in the eighth when Rios singled with one out off Jeff Petricka (3-3) and Paulo Orlando followed with a ground-rule double. Omar Infante hit a grounder to first baseman Jose Abreu, and Rios slid home ahead of the tag.

Kelvin Herrera (3-2) picked up the victory despite blowing a save and giving up the tying run in the eighth on Melky Cabrera's RBI single with two outs. Ryan Madson pitched a spotless ninth to earn his second save in four chances.

Eric Hosmer doubled home a run in the first and Morales hit his 13th homer. It was Morales' major league-leading 24th multi-RBI game.

Royals starter Danny Duffy was pulled after 3 1-3 innings and 73 pitches. He gave up three runs in the third on a walk, hit batter, wild pitch and two hits.

Gordon Beckham singled home the first run, his first RBI since June 21, and Alexei Ramirez had a two-out, two-run single.

Ben Zobrist put the Royals ahead in the fifth when he singled home Jarrod Dyson.


White Sox: OF J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain), RHP Daniel Webb (back strain) and IF Emilo Bonifacio (left oblique strain) are on the 15-day disabled list.

Royals: LHP Brian Flynn (left lat tear) is rehabbing in Arizona, but it appears unlikely he will return before the season ends, although he did not require surgery.


White Sox: LHP Chris Sale, who has allowed 14 earned runs and 18 hits in 10 1-3 innings in losing his previous two outings, will start Monday against the Angels.

Royals: RHP Johnny Cueto will make his first home start since the Royals acquired him in a July 26 trade with the Reds. The Royals dropped his first two starts on the road.