Alex Rios hit his 24th HR of the season and helped Chicago slide by the Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Kansas City tonight. The win enables The White Sox to maintain their 3 game lead over Detriot with 15 games to play. The White Sox have had trouble with the Royals all season long. It is their first win on the road vs. Royals in a while and it came after they were recently swept in a 3 game series.
But the Sox are playing better now and it comes at the right time as the pennant race heats up. Getting a win over the Royals always is difficult for the Sox wo have gone 12-24 versus KC and the Tigers. But Rios and Gordon Beckham provided HR's after Alejandro De Aza lead off the game with his 8th HR of the season. Gavin Floyd pitched seven strong innngs of 5 hit ball to earn his tenth win of the season.
The Sox BP of Thornton and Addison Reed closed out the Royals in their half of the 9th inning. It was Rios whose HR was the difference maker. His 7th inning blast came a game after his slide into 2nd base caused Detroit''s shortstop to throw wildly to first, enabling two key runs to score in the game versus the Tigers in their last regular season matchup.