Moustakas’ RBI single lifts Royals
Sunday, September 9, 2012
CHICAGO (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie has dominated the Chicago White Sox since coming back to the American League.
He got a little help from his defense to continue that trend Sunday.
Guthrie tossed eight shutout innings and Mike Moustakas stroked a go-ahead single in the 10th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over the White Sox.
The Royals plated both their runs with two outs in the 10th off Brett Myers (2-3), the seventh of eight White Sox pitchers in the game.
The rally started after Alcides Escobar was thrown out, leaving the bases empty and two outs. Myers walked Billy Butler, who was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson. Salvador Perez, Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur then hit consecutive singles, the last two driving in runs.
Guthrie held Chicago to six hits over eight shutout innings, striking out four, but left with a no-decision. He’s thrown 232⁄3 innings against the White Sox this season without allowing an earned run.
“Guthrie was phenomenal. I mean really phenomenal,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We didn’t get him any runs. He wanted to go back out in the ninth. I didn’t think about it.
“After pitching eight innings like he did, I wasn’t gonna put him in a position to lose the game. I just couldn’t do it. If he went out and gave up a run, I wouldn’t sleep for two days.”
Guthrie was trying to win a fifth straight decision for the first time in his career. The Royals have won the last seven games he’s taken the mound, during which he’s 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Guthrie said. “If the team wins every time you pitch, that’s a good thing.”
Kelvin Herrera (3-2) got the win after preserving a scoreless tie in the ninth by getting Alex Rios to hit into a double play with the bases loaded.
The Kansas City outfield also came up with some huge plays.
Alex Gordon gunned down Alejandro De Aza at home in the first, and Francoeur threw out a pair of runners on the basepaths as well.
“The defense really set the tone for the game,” Guthrie said. “We could have been down two or three runs right away, but we made not even routine, but excellent plays to get out of some innings and avoid some rallies.”
Greg Holland walked two and gave up Gordon Beckham’s RBI double in the 10th, but escaped with his 13th save by striking out De Aza and Ray Olmedo with the tying run on third.
One day after the first-place White Sox snapped a six-game losing against Kansas City, the Royals won for the 10th time in 15 games against Chicago this season.
Guthrie retired 10 straight batters in one stretch.