Rapid Reaction: White Sox 3, Royals 2

September, 18, 2012
9/18/12
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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KANSAS CITY-- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

How it happened: The White Sox won their fourth straight by getting off to an early lead as Alejandro De Aza hit his third lead-off home run and eighth overall. The Royals countered with two runs off Sox starter Gavin Floyd as Billy Butler drove in both runs with a single. Gordon Beckham then hit his 16th home run in the sixth. Alex Rios hit his 24th in the seventh off starter Luke Hochevar. Floyd earned his first victory since Aug. 15th. He was making his second start since coming off of the DL with a tender right elbow.

What it means: The Sox had lost seven of the last eight against the Royals. Floyd threw seven innings for the first time since July 7th, allowing two runs on five hits. The Sox stayed three games head of the Tigers, who defeated the A's. Detroit starter Max Scherzer had to leave the game and underwent an MRI on his arm.

Outside the box: Manager Robin Ventura confirmed that his pitching rotation will stay the same through the weekend, with Francisco Liriano getting the start on Thursday. Ventura also said he would use a rotation of Dewayne Wise, De Aza and Dayan Vicedo in the outfield mix.

Up next: White Sox ace Chris Sale (17-6 2.78 ) matches up with RHP Luis Mendoza ( 7-9 4.50 ).

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
3 2.30 29 27
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Ramirez .379
HRA. Ramirez 4
RBIA. Ramirez 14
RA. Eaton 15
OPSA. Ramirez 1.044
ERAC. Sale 2.30
SOC. Sale 29