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White Sox fall to Royals 5-1, drop 20 games under .500 again

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintandelivers during first inning baseball game against Kansas City Royals Friday July 26 2013

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, July 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: July 26, 2013 11:35PM

White Sox lefty Jose Quintana pitched well enough to win Friday, giving up only two runs to the Kansas City Royals in seven innings.

But the Sox scored nothing off Royals starter James Shields (5-7) and didn’t get enough off the relievers in falling 5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field. Their fourth loss in the last five games dropped the Sox 20 games below .500 again (40-60).

The outcome broke a five-game road losing streak for the Royals.

The Sox had eight singles until the eighth, when Conor Gillaspie homered off reliever Kelvin Herrera on a 2-2 pitch. Before then, the Sox stranded nine runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the sixth.

The Royals scored in the third, when David Lough led off with a solo home run, and in the seventh, when Salvador Perez led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Tejada. They added three runs in the ninth off reliever Matt Lindstrom, who walked Billy Butler to start the inning, then gave up three singles. An error by left fielder Casper Wells, who dropped Lough’s fly ball, led to one of the runs.

A crowd of 18,342 saw Quintana (5-3) give up six hits, walk one and strike out five in seven innings.

Shields also worked seven innings, walking two and striking out two.

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