Kansas City's flawless bullpen work and timely hitting led to a come-from-behind walk-off victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. The White Sox jumped out to an early lead, when an A.J. Pierzynski first-inning single brought home Alejandro De Aza. Chicago added two more runs in the second on an error and a fielder's choice. Kansas City started the comeback in the fifth, when Johnny Giavotella tripled to bring home Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur. A Billy Butler double brought home Alex Gordon to tie the score in the sixth.
The score remained tied as the Royals came to the plate in the ninth. Billy Butler lined a single to center field off White Sox closer Jesse Crain, and Jarrod Dyson immediately entered as a pinch runner. Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas were unable to advance the runner, but Dyson stole second, prompting Chicago to intentionally walk Francoeur. Eric Hosmer came to the plate and singled to left, bringing Dyson home with the game-winning run.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie scattered eight hits over six innings, giving up just three runs, but did not factor in the decision. Greg Holland got the win, his seventh of the year, after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Crain took the loss for Chicago.
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