Gordon’s 2-run HR in 12th leads Royals to 4-2 win, sweep over Sox
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 28, 2013 4:53PM
Updated: July 28, 2013 8:58PM
The White Sox matched the Kansas City Royals for 11 innings Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. But Alex Gordon’s two-run homer in the 12th off Donnie Veal decided the 4-2 outcome and a three-game sweep for the visitors.
The Sox had a chance to score in the 10th but Blake Tekotte, running for Dayan Viciedo, was thrown out at home plate by center fielder Jarrod Dyson on Alejandro De Aza’s single.
They also stranded two runners in the 12th.
Veal (1-1) was one of four who worked in relief of starter Hector Santiago, who pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, walking four but striking out seven.
The Sox saw their record fall to 22 games below .500 (40-62) for the first time since Sept. 15, 2007.
The three-game sweep was the sixth overall against the Sox this season in series of three games or more. They have been swept three times in two-game series.
They have lost nine of their last 12 and saw the home stand end at 3-7.
The Sox had only three hits off Royals starter Bruce Chen, but one was Adam Dunn’s 25th home run of the season. It came in the sixth and tied the game at 2-2.
Reliever Aaron Crow earned the victory (7-3) and Greg Holland the save (27th).
The team left for Cleveland following the game for the start of a seven-game road trip, knowing their roster won’t be the same when they return. Starter Jake Peavy is expected to be traded before the non-waiver deadline on Wednesday. A number of teams are interested in the veteran righthander, including Oakland, Texas, St. Louis, Boston and Atlanta.