Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler drove in two runs and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Butler's RBI single in the fourth and sacrifice fly in the fifth helped the Royals win their second straight to begin this three-game series. Alex Gordon had two hits, including a clutch two-out double in the eighth. Salvador Perez plated Gordon with a double down the left-field line for the tiebreaking run.
Royals starter Bruce Chen conceded just one unearned run on six hits to go with seven strikeouts across 6 1/3 innings. Wade Davis (1-1) picked up the win despite allowing two runs in the eighth, while Greg Holland struck out two batters in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Adam Eaton, Conor Gillaspie and Paul Konerko each knocked in a run for the White Sox. Starter John Danks allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts over seven innings, while Scott Downs (0-1) received the loss after being charged for the deciding run in the eighth inning.
Danks was cruising until he ran into trouble in the fourth. Omar Infante dropped a line drive in left for Kansas City's first hit of the afternoon. Eric Hosmer's single up the middle allowed Infante to take third and Butler's base hit to left brought in Infante to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
The rally continued as Gordon singled on a soft fly ball to center. Hosmer rounded third, but was thrown out at home. Danks walked Perez to load the bases and then walked Mike Moustakas to put the Royals up 2-0.
The White Sox got one back in the fifth. Alexei Ramirez singled and Adrian Nieto reached second on a fielding error by Moustakas at third. Eaton's groundout to second allowed Ramirez to cross the plate, making it a 2-1 game.
Norichika Aoki led off the fifth with a line-drive double to right. After Infante struck out and Hosmer walked, Butler's sac fly to center brought in Aoki to extend Kansas City's lead.
The White Sox tied the game in the eighth. With the bases loaded, Gillaspie's line drive to center dropped in for a single and scored Marcus Semien. Konerko knotted the game at three after his sac fly to right brought Jose Abreu home.
Kansas City went ahead for good in the bottom half of the frame. Butler took a one-out walk. Jarrod Dyson came in as a pinch-runner and was picked of for out number two. Gordon lofted a fly ball to center for a timely double and Perez brought him in with a grounder that went down the left-field line.
Holland came in to close the game in the ninth. He immediately walked Adam Dunn, but struck out Eaton and Semien before Abreu grounded out to end the game.