Chicago second baseman Carlos Sanchez, who last homered in late September last season, hit a three-run homer off Kelvin Herrera to break a 4-4 tie and send the White Sox to a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.  The loss was the Royals fifth straight and left them just two games ahead of Chicago for third place in the AL Central.

Herrera (2-5) blew his third save in 14 chances.

“I had trouble with my release point,” Herrera said. “It was a little off. I felt a little off with my command for some reason. This is a tough league.”

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale carried a perfect game into the fifth before Salvador Perez singled with one out. Sale went the distance for the sixth time this season, giving up eight hits, four runs (three earned), walking one and striking out 10.