Rapid Reaction: Royals 2, White Sox 1

August, 8, 2012
8/08/12
9:50
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By Chris Silva
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a look at the White Sox’s 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

How it happened: For the second straight game, the typically hard-hitting White Sox barely made a ripple offensively. They had no answer for right hander Jeremy Guthrie, who entered the game winless and with a 7.71 ERA on the season. Meanwhile, rookie Jose Quintana went seven-plus innings, giving up two runs - a home run each to Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez - on five hits. Quintana, who pitched on eight days rest, struck out five and walked two.

What it means: The Sox maintain a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central after losing two in a row to the last-place Royals. The Sox had won four straight series and five straight at home entering this three-game set against Kansas City.

Outside the box: A.J. Pierzynski’s RBI single in the ninth was his eighth RBI in six games this month. He has 13 RBIs during his current 10-game hitting streak.

Up next: The White Sox will have Thursday off before hosting the Oakland Athletics for a three-game set. Gavin Floyd (8-9) against righty Brandon McCarthy (6-3) on Friday. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 1.99 192 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .323
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 102
RA. Ramirez 77
OPSJ. Abreu .986
ERAC. Sale 1.99
SOC. Sale 192