KANSAS CITY, Mo. — — The Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. Jose Abreu hit a two-run double in a three-run fifth inning, and Dylan Cease pitched three innings without giving up any runs.

Cease (4–1) kept getting out of trouble, even though he let runners on base in every inning. In 5 2/3 innings, he gave up seven hits and struck out nine batters, some of them when the game was on the line.

Overall, the Royals struck out 14 times, went 0 for 12 with runners on base and no outs, and left 12 runners on base. They’ve lost seven of the last ten. Salvador Perez of Kansas City left the game in the seventh inning because he hurt his left thumb.

Chicago manager Tony La Russa said, “We pitched Perez like the Hall of Famer he is.” “We only got three points. “What did they have to hit?” is how I was taught to look at it. You don’t hit if you don’t get pitches to hit. In RBI situations, people didn’t make many mistakes.”

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Cease said that the Royals’ lineup put pressure on the game well.

He said, “They did a great job of getting along.” “There were a lot of people around.

“Luckily, I was able to throw strikes when runners were in scoring position and got some big outs. I know now when I’m doing too much or not enough because I have enough experience. All you have to do is stay the course.”

After Cease, four relievers came in, and Liam Hendriks worked the ninth to get his 11th save in 14 chances.

Jonathan Heasley (1-2) dodged trouble until the fifth inning, which was his last. First, Reese McGuire hit a double, and then Heasley walked a batter and hit another one. McGuire scored when A.J. Pollock hit a liner to the left. With two outs, Abreu hit a double to the center wall, making the score 3-0.

Hunter Dozier of Kansas City was out at the home plate to end the fourth. Dozier started the game with a single, and he was still on first when Kyle Isbel hit a single to left center with two outs. Dozier slowed down as he got close to third base and then took off for the home plate. He was a few steps off.

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The Royals put runners on first, second, and third with no outs in the seventh against Joe Kelly. Carlos Santana, who was subbing for Perez, and Ryan O’Hearn were both struck out by Kelly. The inning was over when Dozier hit a pop fly.


The White Sox signed RHP Davis Martin from Triple-A Charlotte to start the second game of the doubleheader. It was Martin’s first game in the major leagues. Chicago also put right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick on the roster as the 27th player and put right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech on the paternity list. Garrett Crochet, a left-handed pitcher, was put on the 60-day injured list.

Royals: RHP Brady Singer has been added as the 27th player. He was supposed to go first in the second game.

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