The Royals finished their best season since 1994 with a three-game losing streak. They fell to the White sox 5-1 on Sunday as Esteban Loaiza won his 21st game of the season. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but it was broken up with Julios Matos’ two-out double. Despite the finish, the Royals still finished above .500 for the first time since the strike-shortened season of 1994, with an 83-79 record in 2002. Kansas City finished in third place in the American League Central, seven games out of first place. Some changes were immediately made following the final game of the season. Bullpen coach Tom Gamboa was fired after the Royals relievers finished with a 5.60 ERA which was last in the majors this season.