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Lance Lynn pitched for manager Tony La Russa as a rookie in 2011. The Chicago White Sox' skipper was on his mind during his seven solid innings Wednesday against the Royals. La Russa is out indefinitely for medical reasons and will undergo further evaluation with his doctors in Arizona.

“Obviously everybody is a little down when you lose your manager,” Lynn said. “You hope that everything is good and everything checks out good. He has some stuff he has to take care of, and we have to do our part to stay in this race.”

Lance is Back

The veteran righty retired the first 10 batters of the game before allowing Bobby Witt Jr.’s solo homer. He labored through the rest of the fourth and loaded the bases before inducing an inning-ending double play. That proved to be the turning point in the game.

AJ Pollock led off the bottom half of the frame with a solo homer. The veteran outfielder took an outside pitch over the right field fence to tie the game.

Witt Jr.'s homer was the only run the Sox' starter allowed. Lynn, who was reinstated from the bereavement list prior to the game, issued no walks and struck out eight.

“(Lynn) was attacking the strike zone,” said acting manager Miguel Cairo. “He pitched unbelievable. He made some pitches. He was the man of the game.”

A Real Rally

Elvis Andrus put the White Sox ahead in the first with a solo homer to left. After the aforementioned Pollock long ball, the South Siders added two insurance runs in the seventh on a grounder by Andrus and a two-out single by Jose Abreu.

The Royals scored again with two outs in the ninth on a triple by Michael A. Taylor. Michael Massey plated him with a single. Chicago closer Liam Hendriks struck out Hunter Dozier to earn his 29th save.

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“After the last out, he always says, ’twenty-seven outs,’“ Cairo said. “And until that last out, you cannot feel comfortable until they get that last out."

Throwing Leather

Romy Gonzalez made a spectacular leaping catch in the eighth inning when he snagged a line drive off the bat of Nicky Lopez.


Luis Robert missed his fifth straight start and remains day-to-day. He entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement.

To make room for Lance Lynn and Yasmani Grandal, the White Sox optioned Tanner Banks and Carlos Perez to Triple-A Charlotte.

What’s On Tap Next?

Daniel Mengden will start Wednesday for the Kansas City Royals against Johnny Cueto of the Chicago White Sox. Cueto allowed a season-high seven runs in five innings last Friday against Arizona.

The series finale between the Sox and Royals game will air on YouTube at 1:10 PM CT. Sox On Tap will have the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.