White Sox closer Sergio Santos threw a wild pitch that allowed Alex Gordon to score, giving the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 victory Wednesday night.
Billy Butler swung at a slider that got away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon scored with a headfirst slide to give the Royals their 10th win in their final at-bat this season.
The Royals got a solid pitching effort from Bruce Chen, Joakim Soria and All Star Aaron Crow. The White Sox managed just five hits, four singles and Carlos Quentin’s home run, off Chen. Crow (3-2) worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while getting the win.
Sox starter John Danks was equally as tough. Danks gave up five singles in seven scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead. Gordon scored the Royals first run in the eighth, leading off with a single, and advancing to third on Butler’s single to center and scoring on Jeff Francoeur’s double to center with one out.