CHICAGO — Hector Noesi was knocked out in the fourth inning, Leury Garcia had a costly error and the bullpen struggled, too.
It was one of those days for the Chicago White Sox.
Paul Konerko had three hits, including his fourth homer, but the White Sox lost 9-1 to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Chicago has been outscored 20-3 during a three-game losing streak.
”The offense and the defense and the pitching all kind of work hand-in-hand,” Konerko said. “You just have to line that up right.”
Danny Duffy matched a career high with nine strikeouts as the Royals extended their winning streak to six games. Duffy (4-5) allowed five hits and walked one in seven-plus innings.
Noesi (2-5) was charged with five runs, two earned, and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings. The right-hander had won each of his previous two starts.
Kansas City scored five times in the fourth, taking advantage of the error by Garcia at third. With no outs and the bases loaded in a scoreless game, Lorenzo Cain hit a grounder right to Garcia, but he was unable to handle the hard-hit ball.
Billy Butler and Alex Gordon scored on the play, and Cain eventually scampered home on Nori Aoki’s double-play grounder. Mike Moustakas and Omar Infante each had run-scoring singles as the Royals gave Duffy plenty of support.
”Hector, he’s been good for us and he’s always given us a chance, but we have help him out on occasion,” Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. “It just kept snowballing to where you couldn’t get out of the inning.”
Moustakas also homered as the Royals opened the weekend series with a pair of wins.
Rollins sets Phillies’ career hit record in win
PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt to become the Phillies’ hits leader and Domonic Brown capped the inning with a three-run homer, leading Philadelphia to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.