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Kansas  City,  MO (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Chris  Sale tossed  eight  scoreless 
innings  as the Chicago White Sox downed the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, to avoid 
a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium. 

Sale  (2-0) scattered  four hits and a  walk while striking out six to pick up 
the win. 

"He  knows we've lost  three in a row and he's going up against Shields and he 
wanted to go out and shut them down," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. 

Alexei  Ramirez and Tyler Flowers had two RBI apiece and Conor Gillaspie added 
two doubles and a run scored for the White Sox, who visit the Colorado Rockies 
on Monday to kick off a three-game set at Coors Field. 

James  Shields  (0-1) was the  hard-luck loser, allowing  just one run on five 
hits while striking out six over seven innings. 

"He  had  everything working, his  fastball at 94-95,  a great cutter, a great 
change, a great curveball," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Shields. 

Alex Gordon had an RBI single and Lorenzo Cain went 2-for-3 in the setback for 
the Kansas City. 

After  six scoreless frames, the White Sox pushed a run across in the seventh 
inning.  Gillaspie doubled to right, moved to third on Avisail Garcia's ground 
out  then scored on Ramirez's single. Ramirez ripped a grounder up the middle, 
but  Alcides Escobar was able to get a glove on in at the last second. Escobar 
couldn't come up with the scorcher and Gillaspie score with ease. 

Chicago  added some insurance in the ninth inning. Adam Dunn singled and Dayan 
Viciedo  walked to  put two on. Leury  Garcia, who replaced Dunn on the bases, 
stole  third. Salvador  Perez's throw on the play skipped into right and Leury 
Garcia scored. 

Garcia  then worked a  walk and Ramirez clubbed an RBI double to left. Flowers 
followed with a two-run single to give Chicago a 5-0 lead. 

Gordon's RBI single in the home half accounted for the final margin. 

                                   Game Notes 

Leury  Garcia has two  stolen bases this season ... The White Sox were 3-for-8 
with  RISP ... Kansas City opens a three-game set at home against Tampa Bay on 

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