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Late-Inning Error Proves Costly in White Sox 8-3 Loss to Royals

Johnny Cueto provided another quality start but the White Sox could not muster enough offense to overcome an error and hold off the Royals.
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The Chicago White Sox's woes continued Wednesday in a dismal loss against the Kansas City Royals. Sox starter Johnny Cueto battled through six innings and allowed just two earned runs. But a costly throwing error by Yoan Moncada in the sixth allowed Kansas City to tie the score. The Royals scored five more times over the next two innings to pull away with an 8-3 win.

The White Sox got on the board in the sixth for all three of their runs. Jose Abreu singled to left, Yoan Moncada walked, and Yasmani Grandal singled to load the bases. Abreu and Moncada scored on an error by Royals' second baseman Michael Massey when he couldn’t handle a grounder from Gavin Sheets. Lenyn Sosa flew out, but the Sox scratched across their third and final run of the game on Josh Harrison’s RBI single.

Dia de Cueto

Johnny Cueto fought through a tough start in which he allowed a lot of traffic on the bases. However, he was the beneficiary of three double plays by his infielders. His luck ran out in the sixth when Bobby Witt Jr. beat out an infield single and came around to score on Salvador Perez's RBI double.

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Perez advanced to third on Moncada’s error, which would have been the second out. Nick Pratto struck out swinging but Massey singled to score Perez and tied the game to make up for his sixth-inning blunder. Cueto’s day was finished after the sixth. He tossed six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits and a walk. He fanned four.

MJ Melendez belted a solo homer off of Jake Diekman to take the lead. In the eighth, the Royals scored four more times to take a commanding 8-3 lead. Four singles, two walks, and an error allowed the runs to cross the plate in a tough outing for reliever Jimmy Lambert.

Notes

AJ Pollock was out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday.

What’s On Tap Next?

The AL Central rivals finish up their four-game series Thursday afternoon. Dylan Cease will start for the Chicago White Sox against Kansas City Royals' veteran Zach Greinke. NBC Sports Chicago will air the action beginning at 1:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.