Royals beat White Sox 2-1 with run in 9th

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers could handle a throw home and the Kansas City Royals beat Chicago 2-1 Wednesday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Moustakas triggered the decisive rally with a lead-off single off Zach Putnam (3-2), the last of four White Sox pitchers. Alcides Escobar bunted Moustakas over before Aoki flared a single to center field.

Adam Eaton's strong throw beat Moustakas to the plate, but Flowers lost control of the ball when the runner slid into him. Flowers was charged with an error on the play.

Wade Davis (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning and Greg Holland retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 26th save.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was removed from Wednesday's game with the Chicago White Sox because of decreased grip strength in his right hand.

The Royals made the announcement after Hosmer was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.

Hosmer had missed the previous two games after being hit in the hand with a pitch on Sunday. Billy Butler, who played first base during Hosmer's absence, took over for Hosmer.

Hosmer was 0 for 2, ending a 16-game hitting streak. It was the longest active streak in the majors.


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