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Kansas City 7, Chi. White Sox 2
When: 8:10 PM ET, Friday, September 3, 2021
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Temperature: 78°
Umpires: Home - Carlos Torres, 1B - Tim Timmons, 2B - Brennan Miller, 3B - Alfonso Marquez
Attendance: 14210

Michael A. Taylor and Andrew Benintendi each had three hits as the host Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-2 Friday night in a game that started more than two hours late due to a rainstorm.

Taylor drove in three runs as the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak.

After the rain delay, the Royals scored as many runs in the first five innings Friday (seven) as they did in the preceding three-game sweep by the Cleveland Indians.

Kansas City's Adalberto Mondesi started at third base for the first time in his career and went 1-for-4 with a two-run single.

White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a third-inning single.

Kansas City starter Carlos Hernandez (5-1) allowed two runs on five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Chicago's Dallas Keuchel (8-8) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in three-plus innings. He fanned one and walked two. In his previous start, Keuchel yielded six runs (five earned) in one-plus inning against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 27.

The Royals grabbed the lead in the second inning. Edward Olivares led off with a walk, and Carlos Santana followed with a single. Mondesi then hit a slow roller to the pitcher, advancing both runners. Olivares scored on a groundout by Taylor before Benintendi tripled to right-center, scoring Santana.

Kansas City got four more runs in the third. The Royals loaded the bases with one out before Keuchel struck out Santana looking. Mondesi then lined one back up the middle, scoring two. When center fielder Luis Robert bobbled the ball in center, a third run scored and Mondesi advanced to second. Mondesi subsequently stole third and scored on a single by Taylor.

Taylor drove in his third run in the fifth, hitting a two-out single on the 11th pitch of the at-bat against Matt Foster.

The White Sox finally got on the board in the sixth. They got their first run on an RBI groundout by Leury Garcia before Gavin Sheets dropped a two-out RBI single between Mondesi and Benintendi in short left field.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Chi. White Sox   Kansas City
Dallas Keuchel Player Carlos Hernandez
Loss W/L Win
3.0 IP 6.0
1 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 5
15.00 ERA 3.00
Chi. White Sox   Kansas City
Leury GarciaPlayer Andrew Benintendi
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 6
.500 Avg .750
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Chi. White Sox 6 0 6 .182 17 6 2 3 0 1
Kansas City 12 0 15 .343 18 6 6 3 1 0