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Royals complete sweep of White Sox

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Eric  Hosmer and  Salvador Perez  both hit
home runs and the Kansas City Royals extended their best winning streak of the
season  with a  6-3 decision over the ChicagoWhite Sox, completing a dominant
three-game road sweep.

The  Royals, winners of seven in a row, are playing their best baseball of the
season.  They  outscored Chicago 22-6 in  the series and have beaten the White Sox in 10 of  the last 11 meetings at U.S. Cellular Field dating back to last
season.

Kansas  City provided  enough early  run support  for James  Shields (8-3)  to
overcome  three  runs on 10 hits  in six innings  of work. Shields has now won
five  straight decisions  and the  Royals haven't  lost a  game in  which he's
started since May 2.

"We're hitting on all cylinders," Shields said. "It's really nice to see."

Chicago  put a  pair of baserunners on  in the ninth against Greg Holland, but
Dayan  Viciedo grounded  out to shortstop to  end it and give Holland his 20th
save of the season. Viciedo was the only White Sox starter without a hit.

All  six  KC runs were  charged to Andre Rienzo  (4-4), who dropped his fourth
straight start. Rienzo allowed six hits and four walks over six innings.

The White Sox matched a season high with their fourth consecutive setback.

After Hosmer's two-run blast to center in the top of the first inning provided
Shields some early run support, the hosts got one back on a controversial call
in  the bottom half.  Adam Eaton led off with a triple and scored when Shields
was  called for a balk attempting to pick him off at third. Royals manager Ned
Yost was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Emmel for arguing the ruling, which
was upheld.

Rienzo  retired  the first two  batters he faced  in the third before plunking
Billy  Butler and walking  Alex Gordon to put a pair aboard for Perez, who dug
out a low breaking ball and crushed it out to left for a 5-1 lead.

Jarrod  Dyson  singled home Saturday's  star Mike Moustakas  in the top of the
fourth  to make it 6-1 before Chicago slashed the deficit in half on Alejandro
De  Aza's  two-run double  in the  bottom of  the frame.  Adam Dunn and Alexei
Ramirez singled to lead off the inning and scored on the play.

Chicago put at least one baserunner on over the final five innings, but failed
to push any more runs across.

"We  had opportunities," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We just didn't
come through enough with those chances."

                                   Game Notes

The  Royals, who have  won five straight away from home, start a four-game set
in  Detroit on  Monday ... Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar went 0-for-3,
ending  his 11-game hitting streak ... The White Sox hit 2-for-14 with runners
in scoring position.

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