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Wade Davis outduels Chris Sale in 1-0 victory

Jul 27, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Wade Davis AP

Wade Davis entered the night with the worst ERA among all starters (min. 90 innings). Slated opposite Chris Sale, who entered the night with the 13th-best ERA in baseball, it looked like a mismatch. Nevertheless, Davis persevered, shutting out the White Sox over seven and one-third innings. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out four. Louis Coleman finished off the eighth for the hold, and Greg Holland escaped some ninth-inning trouble for the save, his 26th of the season.

Sale allowed one run over a nine-inning complete game loss, falling to 6-10. The only damage occurred on a Lorenzo Cain RBI double in the sixth. Sale otherwise kept the Royals quiet, surrendering seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. It is the third time this season Sale has allowed one or zero runs and been saddled with the loss. Someone notify Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny).

The Royals continue to hang onto the fringe of contention, now 50-51. After the Tigers wrap up a victory over the Phillies tonight, the Royals will be seven games out of first place in the AL Central and six games out of the second Wild Card if the Orioles don’t come back against the Red Sox.

  1. kcroyal - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Great game, great ninth inning! Bitter sweet for us lowly Royals fans. Dayton probably isn’t looking to sell now, and worse yet he probably sticks around at least another year if we finish .500 and 10 games back. Dayton went all in because in his seventh year he’s proven he’s a good, but overrated amateur evaluater. He’s also proven he doesn’t know jack shit about constructing a major league roster. Guillen, Yuni, Frenchy, Yuni again!, Ankiel, the list, as KC fans know goes on and on. Trading year of Wil Meyers for a couple non playoff .500 ish years? Thanks Dayton.

  2. stabonerichard - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Chris Sale hasn’t a clue how to win ball games.

    • erbaodai - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      You mean the White Sox lineup has no clue.

    • soxpower - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Ur a joke

  3. blingslade - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    KC is a different team this year. They don’t have any offense but they have way above average pitching and the #1 defense. They also have a leader in catcher Salvy Perez.

    The owner/GM better build on this, if they do this team could be dangerous.

  4. mf44srq - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    You can’t give up zero runs and lose. You can leave a game with zero runs on the board and your base runners score, but they’re your runs… Just sayin’…

  5. Kevin Gillman - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    And in other AL Central news, since this wasn’t reported….

    Justin Masteron (Insert picture here) throws 7 2/3 shutout innings, as his Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 1-0, outdueling Yu Darvish. Chris Perez finished the Rangers easily in 9th inning.

    Darvish was just as impressive, striking out 11 men, but he threw a mistake pitch to Michael Bourn, who hit his 4th Home Run of the season, in the 1st inning.

    With the win, the Indians stay 3 games back in Detroit, and are now 2 games behind Baltimore in the 2nd Wildcard spot.

    Nobody believes in the Indians, and judging by how little posts there are about them, you agree, but they are still in the hunt.

    • janessa31888 - Jul 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      I was also hoping there would be an article on that game. Great pitchers duel. Way to go, Justin!!

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        You have to change the name of the team in order to get noticed. “The Indians” wont cut it. “The Yankees” and the “Red Sox” are taken, so I am going to suggest something modern such as “The Angry Birds”.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Yeah it was a fun game to watch, very nice of Bill not to highlight the game, like he did with Royals and Tigers. Come to think of it, I like that “Angry Birds” name.

  6. sawxalicious - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Maybe Sale have up only unearned runs and took a loss.

  7. sawxalicious - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    6/14 vs. Houston: 8 innings, 2 unearned runs allowed, 0 earned runs, took the loss.

  8. autumnoo - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    http://tinyurl.com/lssd341

    check the real face of life……

  9. tigersfandan - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Chris Sale has far too much talent to be stuck in the minors like this.

  10. soxpower - Jul 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Chris sale has been a top 5 pitcher over the last 2 years, To bad this year the sox can’t support him. He’s 6-10 and if the white sox were a decent team he’d probably be 11-5

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