KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Adalberto Mondesi had three hits and two RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the White Sox, 6-4, on Friday night to end a six-game losing streak.
Mondesi’s third hit, an RBI single with two outs in the seventh, scored Whit Merrifield to make it 5-4. Mondesi had hits in three straight at-bats to end an 0-for-11 skid. He also scored on Jorge Soler’s RBI double to make it 6-4.
After Homer Bailey pitched six-plus innings of three-run ball, Brad Boxberger (1-3) allowed a run in the seventh but still got his first victory in 26 appearances. Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
Jace Fry (1-2) took the loss.
Ivan Nova allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings with six hits and a season-high six strikeouts.
James McCann put the Sox up, 2-0,with a two-run double in the third, but Kansas City got one back in the bottom of the inning on Merrifield’s RBI single.
Merrifield sparked a three-run sixth with a leadoff infield single. Alex Gordon singled against the shift and Mondesi tied it with a double to right. Nova then walked Ryan O’Hearn, snapping a streak of four straight strikeouts for O’Hearn, and Nova was done.
Cheslor Cuthbert ripped a single into right, scoring Gordon and Mondesi to give Kansas City a 4-2 lead. Cuthbert has hit safely in all seven games since being called up May 31.
Tim Anderson chased Bailey with a leadoff double in the seventh and later scored on a fielder’s choice, and Yoan Moncada added an RBI double to tie it at 4.
Sox: Outfielder John Jay was transferred to Triple-A Charlotte for his rehab assignment. He has been on the injured list with a right hip strain since spring training.
He played three games with Double-A Birmingham and went 2 for 10.
The Sox will send righty Lucas Giolito (8-1, 2.54 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the series. Giolito was the American League Pitcher of the Month for May. He is 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA over his past nine starts.
The Royals will depend on RHP Brad Keller (3-7, 4.50 ERA). Keller has faced the White Sox three times already in 2019.