CHICAGO – The Kansas City Royals may be headed for a hangover.
Manager Mike Matheny hopes so anyway.
Michael A. Taylor scored when Garrett Crochet misunderstood Andrew Benintendi's bunt in the 10th inning to give the Royals a wild 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
"That's the kind of win … you hope will have a hangover effect," Matheny said. "You have a few who can have that hangover negative, and this is going to be one of those with the positive side."
Taylor led off 10th at second base and advanced on Nicky Lopez's sacrifice bunt. After Whit Merrifield was walked intentionally, Benintendi bounced the ball back to the right to the mound.
It appeared as if Crochet (0-1) had time to get Taylor on the plate, but he spurred his pitch and catcher Zack Collins was unable to reach it. It was Chicago's second error of the day and ninth overall in the first nine games.
"The bunt jumped on him," said White Sox manager Tony La Russa. "If it had stayed low, you practice it underhand, but it came up, so he had to go over the top, so it was a tough game for him."
Greg Holland (1-1) threw two scoreless innings for the win and Kyle Zimmer worked a perfect 10th place for his first career save.
The Royals celebrated Zimmer's achievement by showering the right-handed with beer.
"It's another box I get to tick off about my personal career," said Zimmer. "But the victory and the team definitely come first."
Chicago had won 17 games in a row when his opponent started a lefthanded pitcher, shy of Atlanta's 2004-05 Major League-record. But it ended in the losing end of a rollercoaster finish.
Kansas City took a 2-1 lead over Benintendi & # 39; s RBI-single in the eighth. Chicago then went back up front on Adam Eaton's first career pinch-hit homer in the bottom half, a drive that hit the right hook just inside the foul post.
The Royals then tied the score when Carlos Santana led off the ninth with a drive to center off Liam Hendriks. It was Hendriks' first bailout since signing a three-year $ 54 million deal with Chicago in free agency.
Merrifield also had a run-scoring single for Kansas City, which was eliminated on Thursday by Lance Lynn in a 6-0 loss in the series-opener. After a day off, the game rained out on Saturday.
The Royals had dropped six in a row against the White Sox going back to last season.
"It's just such a special clubhouse, so when we can take one against a division rival, it's huge," said Zimmer.
After wasting top scoring opportunities in the second and third, Chicago jumped up front when Leury García & # 39; s liner got past jumping third baseman Hunter Dozier for a two-out RBI-double in the fourth. Danny Mendick helped set up the run with a 10-pitch walk against Mike Minor.
Kansas City bounced right back in the fifth to tie the score to 1 on Merrifield's two-out RBI single off Dylan Cease. The Royals had runners on first and second base after Merrifield & # 39; s second hit of the day, but Michael Kopech eliminated Benintendi on a bouncer to second to end the inning.
Zimmer on his mentality as a pitcher in the tenth with a runner on second base: "Honestly, you just try to pretend he's not there while you're making pitches. … You have to attack batters the same way."#TogetherRoyal pic.twitter.com/Nm5pFVLi60
– Bally Sports Kansas City (@BallySportsKC) April 11, 2021
WITHIN THE FIGURES
The White Sox walked nine times, but went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position, leaving a season-high 12 runners behind.
THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Royals: Dozier was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. Dozier was bothered by a right thumb injury and Matheny said it still bothered him a bit. & # 39; I'm still trying to make sure we stay ahead of that, & # 39; said Matheny.
White Sox: SS Tim Anderson (tense left hamstring) remains on track to return this week, said general manager Rick Hahn. Anderson will be eligible to get off the 10-day injured list on Thursday. … Hahn said that OF Adam Engel (tense right hamstring) will likely return during the team's next home standings than during the upcoming six-game trip. "But then again, these things have a way of evolving," said Hahn. Engel was injured during spring training.
Royals: RHP Brady Singer starts Monday night against the Angels in the opener of a 10-game home stand. Singer gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to Texas last weekend in his first appearance of the season.
White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodón throws in the opener of a series of four games against Cleveland on Monday-evening. Rodón comes out of five impressive innings in a 6-0 win in Seattle. RHP Triston McKenzie (0-0, 2.45 ERA) starts for the visiting Indians.