(Sports Network) - Trying for the series sweep, the Chicago White Sox will
square off with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday in the
finale of a three-game set.
The White Sox earned a late-inning victory in Saturday's game, as Alejandro De
Aza's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning lifted them to a 3-2
Jesse Crain worked around a couple of baserunners in the bottom of the eighth
and was eventually awarded the win. Crain, who sports a 0.53 ERA, has made 29
consecutive scoreless appearances.
"I always have the feeling out there that I'm going to get through it no
matter what," Crain said. "Just make the best pitch you can."
Starting pitcher Jose Quintana allowed two earned run in 5 1/3 innings in the
no-decision. Addison Reed worked a perfect ninth for his 21st save.
Jeff Keppinger finished 3-for-3, including an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Conor Gillaspie also knocked home a run in the fourth for the away team.
After Wade Davis allowed just two runs over seven innings of work, Aaron Crow
was saddled with the loss for the Royals.
Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each collected two hits in defeat.
The Royals' struggles scoring runs continued, as they moved to 11-33 when
putting up three runs or fewer.
Taking the hill for Chicago on Sunday will be Dylan Axelrod, who is 3-4 with a
4.39 ERA on the season.
In 10 starts from mid-April to early June, Axelrod allowed three earned runs
or less nine times, but he has struggled lately by allowing 10 earned runs
over the course of his last 10 innings pitched. He yielded 10 hits, two walks,
and four earned runs on June 18 against Minnesota but was lucky enough to
escape with a no-decision.
The 27-year-old right-hander has performed much better on the road in his
career (3.67 ERA) than he has at home (5.50).
For Kansas City, James Shields will toe the rubber looking for his first win
since April 30. At 2-6, Shields has been one of the unluckiest pitchers
in the majors this season, as he owns a 2.72 ERA and has allowed two earned
runs or less in eight of nine starts since his last victory.
Shields pitched six strong innings in a no-decision versus the Indians on June
17, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out five.
The right-hander has allowed just one run in 14 innings against the White Sox
this season while striking out 15, although his efforts have yielded an 0-1
mark against the AL Central foes.
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