Sac fly in 9th; strong close by Reed give Sox win
By Daryl Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org June 22, 2013 4:26PM
Chicago White Sox's Alejandro De Aza hits a sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The White Sox won the game 3-2. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Updated: June 22, 2013 4:42PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alejandro De Aza drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for only his fourth save in 26 days as the White Sox defeated the Royals 3-2 on Saturday for their second straight victory.
Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger each singled to drive in a run during the fourth inning against Wade Davis. Keppinger was 3-for-3 with a walk.
The Royals got a run in the second on an RBI double by Mike Moustakas in the second and an RBI single by Salvador Perez in the sixth.
Matt Lindstrom pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Jesse Crain (2-1) extended his scoreless appearances streak to 29 with a full inning in the eighth.
Crain had was forced into a jam, though, when Eric Hosmer’s fly ball to right field was misplayed by Alex Rios, who backed off at the last minute as De Aza came over from center. The ball fell for a one-out triple.
But Crain got Perez to pop out to second base and after walking cleanup man Billy Butler, he struck out Lorenzo Cain.
The winning run was scored by pinch runner Jordan Danks, who ran for Dayan Viciedo and advanced from second to third on pinch hitter Gordon Beckham’s fly to center before De Aza drove him in.
Reed has 21 saves in 23 chances.