Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, White Sox 3

June, 15, 2014
Jun 15
4:38
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox fell 6-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday and were swept in a series for the second time this month.

How it happened: Home runs from Eric Hosmer (two-run) and Salavador Perez (three-run) helped the Royals to the victory. Andre Rienzo gave up six runs on six hits over six innings and added another four walks to boot. Adam Eaton opened with a leadoff triple and scored in the first inning, but the White Sox couldn’t keep pace despite 12 hits. Alejandro De Aza had a two-run double. The White Sox left 13 runners on base.

What it means: The White Sox are now a season-worst four games under .500 at 33-37. They had been three games under on three separate occasions, but each time they managed to win a game. It certainly could be worse, though. After a June 15 defeat to the Houston Astros last season, the White Sox fell to nine games under at 28-37 on their way to a 63-99 final record (36 games under).

Outside the box: A rainout last week gave the White Sox the opportunity to straighten out Rienzo, but the right-hander’s struggles continued. In his first start since June 6, Rienzo was only slightly better than he was while giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. After starting the season 4-0, Rienzo has a 9.00 ERA over his last four starts, all defeats.

Off beat:
Eaton prides himself on being the fly in the ointment and he was a real pest in the first inning Sunday. His ground ball ate up Hosmer at first base and rolled into the right-field corner, sending him off to the races. He ended up on third base and was generously credited with a triple on what looked to be an error. At third, he coaxed a pickoff throw from pitcher James Shields that ended up being a run-scoring balk. And to make Eaton’s pesky ways complete, it all ended with Royals manager Ned Yost getting ejected for arguing the balk call.

Up next: After a day off Monday, the White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (5-5, 4.17 ERA) to the mound Tuesday to face San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.03 110 102
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .292
HRJ. Abreu 29
RBIJ. Abreu 74
RJ. Abreu 51
OPSJ. Abreu .961
ERAC. Sale 2.03
SOJ. Quintana 115