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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox Recap APR 11TH 2021

Luis Robert hit a three-run, walk-off home run as the Chicago White Sox defeated the visiting Kansas City Royals 5-2 in 10 innings on Sunday.

It was the second walk-off home run in the three-game series for the White Sox, who lead the American League with 64 home runs. Yasmani Grandal broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth on Friday night with a solo shot.

With a runner on second to start the bottom of the 10th, Tyler Zuber intentionally walked Jose Abreu putting two runners on with no outs. Zuber (1-2) struck out James McCann before Robert ended the game with his homer, on a first-pitch slider.

Matt Foster (3-0) got the win. He struck out Hunter Dozier, the only batter he faced, to end the top of the 10th.

The Royals are 3-31 in their last 34 "rubber games," -- games that could win a series -- dating back to May 30, 2018. Kansas City has one just one, of 12, series in 2020, and it has lost each of its road series.

Both starters pitched well, but neither factored in the decision. Chicago's Dane Dunning went five hitless innings in his second career start. The only batter to reach safely was Maikel Franco, who walked in the second inning. Dunning struck out seven for the second consecutive start, and has 14 strikeouts in his first 9 1/3 career innings.

The Royals' Kris Bubic had his best start of his brief career. He gave up two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out a caree- high eight. The Royals have not won any of Bubic's six career starts.

The White Sox scored a run in the second when Nick Madrigal hit an RBI single, driving in McCann.

In the third, Chicago strung together three straight hits, including a single by Abreu that extended his hitting streak to 13 games. McCann drove in the run with a double.

The Royals, who could find no offense against Dunning, got a run three batters into the sixth on an RBI single by Whit Merrifield. He drove in Cam Gallagher, whose double was the Royals' first hit of the game.

The Royals tied it in the eighth on a solo home run by Merrifield off Steve Cishek, getting Bubic off the hook.

--Field Level Media

Michael A. Taylor scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error by Garrett Crochet in the 10th inning Sunday afternoon as the visiting Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

The Royals overcame a pair of one-run leads before tying it with a ninth-inning long ball and then playing small ball to take the lead in the 10th.

Taylor started the 10th inning as the designated runner at second, and immediately took third on a sacrifice bunt by Nicky Lopez.

After Whit Merrifield was intentionally walked, Andrew Benintendi laid down a perfect bunt to the right side of the mound. Crochet (0-1) fielded the ball but did not appear to set himself well, and his throw home was in the dirt in front of catcher Zack Collins, allowing Taylor to easily score.

Benintendi's bunt occurred after Kansas City forged a 3-3 tie on Carlos Santana's leadoff homer to center field in the ninth off White Sox closer Liam Hendriks. It was Santana's first home run of the season.

Chicago had taken a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Adam Eaton hit a pinch hit two-run homer inside the right field foul pole off Jesse Hahn.

Benintendi also hit an RBI single in the eighth that gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead.

Greg Holland (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for Kansas City in picking up the victory. Kyle Zimmer earned his first career save by striking out Eaton and Collins before retiring Nick Madrigal, stranding designated runner Nick Williams at second.

The White Sox saw a six-game winning snapped against the Royals and struggled all day in clutch situations. Chicago went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners.

Leury Garcia doubled in Chicago's first run in the fourth, and Merrifield tied the score in the fifth with an RBI single off Dylan Cease.

Cease allowed one run on four hits. He struck out six and issued three walks in a 90-pitch outing.

Kansas City left-hander Mike Minor allowed one run on four hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked three in an 85-pitch outing.

--Field Level Media

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  • @Cleveland L 2 - 4
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5 4
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  • Cleveland L 2 - 0
  • Cleveland W 3 - 4
  • Kansas City L 4 - 3
  • Kansas City D 0 - 0
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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals64 .6000.04.94.7 4-22-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians64 .6000.04.22.6 4-12-36-0-4
Minnesota Twins56 .4551.55.43.7 1-44-25-0-5
Detroit Tigers56 .4551.53.95.3 3-32-34-0-6
Chicago White Sox56 .4551.55.04.1 2-23-45-0-5
Boston Red Sox83 .7270.05.94.3 3-35-08-0-2
Toronto Blue Jays66 .5002.54.53.7 3-33-35-0-5
Tampa Bay Rays56 .4553.04.15.7 3-22-44-0-6
Baltimore Orioles56 .4553.04.55.4 1-44-24-0-6
New York Yankees57 .4173.54.03.8 3-32-44-0-6
Los Angeles Angels75 .5830.05.15.4 4-23-36-0-4
Houston Astros65 .5450.55.54.3 1-45-15-0-5
Seattle Mariners65 .5450.54.65.6 3-33-25-0-5
Oakland Athletics57 .4172.04.06.2 1-64-15-0-5
Texas Rangers47 .3642.54.05.0 2-42-34-0-6

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers75 .5830.04.43.3 3-34-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds75 .5830.06.34.7 5-12-46-0-4
St. Louis Cardinals66 .5001.05.05.3 2-44-25-0-5
Chicago Cubs57 .4172.02.74.3 3-32-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates47 .3642.54.05.4 3-21-53-0-7
Philadelphia Phillies65 .5450.03.73.9 5-11-45-0-5
New York Mets43 .5710.03.43.6 3-11-24-0-3
Miami Marlins46 .4001.54.34.3 1-53-14-0-5
Atlanta Braves47 .3642.04.34.7 2-32-44-0-6
Washington Nationals36 .3332.03.44.8 1-22-43-0-6
Los Angeles Dodgers92 .8180.05.83.1 4-05-29-0-1
San Francisco Giants84 .6671.53.42.9 5-13-37-0-3
San Diego Padres84 .6671.54.12.8 4-34-16-0-4
Arizona Diamondbacks48 .3335.54.65.7 2-32-54-0-6
Colorado Rockies38 .2736.04.45.2 3-40-42-0-8

Last Injuries

Chicago White Sox

  • Adam Engel

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Engel has ended up on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, and it is projected that he will return to action by the end of April.

  • Jace Fry

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Fry has been posted to the 10-day injured list with a back injury, and he will be out of commission until the end of April.

  • Tim Anderson

    Prob Thurs | 10-day IL

    Anderson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left hamstring tightness, but it is expected that he will be activated in time for Thursday's clash with the Indians.

  • Dylan Cease

    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Cease has been added to the COVID-19 injured list, and it is up in the air if he will return to the lineup.

  • Carlos Rodon

    Prob Wed | probable

    Rodon missed the previous game due to an upset stomach, but he is projected to take the mound against the Indians on Wednesday.

  • Eloy Jimenez

    Late Sept | 60-day IL

    Jimenez has hit the 10-day injured list with a torn left pectoral muscle, and he is expected to miss five to six months.

  • Yasmani Grandal

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Grandal is not expected to be in Saturday's starting lineup versus the Angels as he will be rested.

Kansas City Royals

  • Jesse Hahn

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Hahn has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder impingement syndrome, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Adalberto Mondesi

    Late April | 10-day IL

    Mondesi has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, and he is expected to be out until the end of April.

  • Josh Staumont

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Staumont is on the 10-day injured list with an unknown injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Hunter Dozier

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Dozier has missed the last three games with a right thumb contusion, and it is unknown if he will take the field against the Indians on Wednesday.

  • Andrew Benintendi

    Lower Body
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Benintendi was lifted from the previous game due to lower-body soreness, and it is unclear if it will impeded his status for Sunday's matchup with the Rangers.

  • Franchy Cordero

    Prob Sat | COVID-19 IL

    Cordero has been added to the COVID-19 injured list after coming in contact with the virus, but it is likely that he will be active for Saturday's matchup versus the Orioles.