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White Sox

Mondesi’s 3 hits help KC beat Sox to end skid

Chicago White Sox's Leury Garcia rounds third on his way to score during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Friday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Chicago White Sox's Leury Garcia rounds third on his way to score during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Friday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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.

TRAINER’S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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.

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