The Royals opened a series with the White Sox Monday night and lost 5-2, giving the Royals their 16th loss in the last 20 games against division rivals. Royals starter Kyle Davies pitched as well as he has all season, striking out a career high nine, but an error by shortstop Alcides Escobar led to two runs in the sixth inning breaking a 2-2 tie. Davies is now 1-9 on the season and hasn’t won since April 19th against Minnesota.
St. Charles native Mark Buehrle won for the 22nd time over Kansas City. The only pitchers with more are Bert Blyleven (34), Roger Clemens (25) and Nolan Ryan (24). It was Buehrle’s first win since June 9th, but the Sox have won 11 of his last 13 games that he has started…he finally got run support.