KANSAS CITY – Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead single in the ninth to give the Royals a 5-4 walk-off win and a three-game sweep of the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. It was the Royals’ fourth walk-off win in eight days and second in this series.
With the win, the Royals remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central. The White Sox lost their eighth straight game.
Mike Moustakas led off the ninth with a single against White Sox reliever Gregory Infante and pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Infante hit Alcides Escobar on the left hand, closer Tyler Clippard entered the game. On a 1-2 pitch, Moss roped a double down the right-field line, scoring Cain with the winning run.
The Royals trailed 4-3 entering the eighth inning, but Whit Merrifield tied it with his second home run of the game.
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Swarzak keeps the lead: Right-hander Anthony Swarzak came on in relief of starter Derek Holland in the fifth inning with the White Sox holding a one-run lead and runners on first and third with two out. On three straight sliders, Swarzak struck out Jorge Bonifacio looking to end the inning. Swarzak then pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Since June 20, he has given up one run in 14 2/3 innings.
Back-to-back-to-back: Entering the fourth inning, the Royals had yet to register a hit off Holland. But Merrifield, Bonifacio and Eric Hosmer hit consecutive home runs for a 3-0 lead. It was the first time the Royals hit three straight home runs in an inning since May 25, 2006, when Tony Graffanino, Angel Berroa and Doug Mientkiewicz did it. Prior to hitting three home runs in the sixth inning in Saturday’s 7-2 win, the Royals hadn’t hit three homers in an inning since 2006. Now, they have done so in consecutive games.
White Sox: The crosstown four-game set against the defending World Series champion Cubs begins at 1:20 p.m. CT on Monday at Wrigley Field. White Sox right-hander MIguel Gonzalez will make his 15th start of the season and fourth during Interleague Play. Gonzalez is 1-9 with a 6.24 ERA over his last 10 starts, and he is 0-1 in two career starts vs. the Cubs.
Royals: Right-hander Jason Hammel will make his team-leading 20th start of the season when the Royals begin a three-game set against the Tigers at 6:10 p.m. CT on Monday at Comerica Park. The teams split a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium earlier this week. Hammel gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings in his last start vs. the Tigers on Wednesday.
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Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Sunday.
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.
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