How it happened:Chris Sale was his usual dominant self -- giving up just one run in nine innings, striking out seven and walking one -- but Chicago's offense once again failed to provide their ace with any run support. The Sox managed just five hits on the night -- all singles -- and were held to three runs or fewer for the sixth time in seven games. The lone run of the game came in the sixth, when Lorenzo Cain doubled in Eric Hosmer. Royals starter Wade Davis tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings, giving up four hits while striking out four and walking three.
What it means: With the loss, the White Sox fell to 21 games below .500 for the first time since September 27, 2007. With the trade deadline looming, names like Jake Peavy and Alex Rios will continue to be hot commodities over the next four days.
Outside the box: In his past 10 starts (eight quality starts), Sale is 1-8 with a 2.84 ERA, striking out 88 and walking just 16. With zero runs scored on Saturday, the White Sox are now averaging a major league worst 2.49 runs of support for Sale.
Up next: The Sox try to avoid the sweep when they send Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38) to the mound against Bruce Chen (4-0, 1.97) at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.