White Sox keep hitting, but comeback falls short in 4-3 loss to Royals

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The Royals made a Brandon Moss first-inning grand slam hold up as they defeated the White Sox 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon

Jose Abreu stepped to the plate in the ninth inning against the on Tuesday, not needing another hit for the cycle or a third home run, but just a little something to drive in the tying run.

With the way Abreu has been swinging the bat recently, the ensuing popup to the second baseman with runners at the corners and one out was fairly shocking. It was a rare failure for Abreu, who during the Sox's three-game winning streak had been rocketing balls all over the field as if they were set on a tee. When the next batter, Matt Davidson, grounded into a force out the Sox had fallen to the Royals 4-3 at Kauffman Stadium and dropped to 5-20 in their last 25 road games.

"In the ninth we had our best guys up there to keep it going but we had the (Yoan Moncada) strikeout and the popup with (Abreu)," manager Rick Renteria said. "It just didn't work out."

What didn't work out for starter was the first inning when the right-hander, who got the start with Carlos Rodon shut down for the season with shoulder inflammation, walked the bases loaded before grooving a 3-2 fastball to Brandon Moss. The veteran promptly drove it for a grand slam.

"I was struggling with command and you would like to make the adjustment on your next pitch and that's what I was trying to do," Covey said. "It came a little later for me. Halfway through the Moss at-bat I started getting in the rhythm. Unfortunately, he got a hold of one."

Facing a daunting early deficit previously might have wilted a young Sox team, but this group has been following Abreu's lead and stringing together hits. They did so again Tuesday with 13, marking the fourth consecutive game they have had at least that many.

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