Having beaten the streaking Royals on opening day, Sale will try to produce another splendid start Monday afternoon while once again pitching opposite James Shields .
Sale (3-2, 3.83 ERA) will pitch on his usual four days' rest when the White Sox (12-17) close out their three-game set against the Royals (17-10), who seek their first five-game win streak since taking seven straight Sept. 10-17, 2011. The teams are playing Monday because Friday's game was postponed due to freezing rain.
Sale will try to lead Chicago to only its second win in the past nine games in Kansas City. The Royals have also won 12 of 16 overall matchups after rallying for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings Sunday.
"We continue to fight," Butler said. "We just don't give up. We never lost focus or our desire to come back. It's not going to happen every night, but we just continue to put pretty good at-bats together."
Sale has allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out seven while winning each of his last two starts, the most recent a 5-2 victory in Texas on Wednesday. Sale also fanned seven Kansas City batters on April 1 and tossed 7 2-3 innings in a 1-0 season-opening win.
Shields (2-2, 3.00) gave up a solo homer to Tyler Flowers over his six innings.
"It's always fun getting their best guy," Sale told the team's website. "It's what you want. It's not going to be easy, but it's a challenge and we look forward to challenges. That's the nature of the game."
Shields enters this game having pitched at least six innings in each of his first six outings with Kansas City. He's allowed three runs or fewer in five of those starts and gave up two over seven innings in an 8-2 win against his former team, Tampa Bay, on Tuesday.
After giving up both runs in the opening frame, Shields retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced, including 13 in a row.
"The guys had my back, they always do," Shields told the team's website. "That's what this team is all about. We're real resilient."
Shields hasn't earned a win over the White Sox since April 19, 2011, and is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA in his last three matchups. He has received a combined four runs of support in those games.
Sale is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in his last two starts in Kansas City and has gotten a combined two runs of support. He gave up one run and scattered 10 hits over eight innings in his first start there, a 2-1 win July 15.
|Alejandro De Aza||10||.200||2||0||1||1||1||.273||.473||.200|
|Chicago White Sox|
|May 02, 2013||Dewayne Wise||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|May 02, 2013||Jake Peavy||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|April 28, 2013||Gavin Floyd||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor strain|
|April 22, 2013||Hector Gimenez||Day-to-Day||Left shin|
|April 19, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|April 10, 2013||Gordon Beckham||15-Day DL||Fractured hamate bone, left wrist|
|Kansas City Royals|
|March 31, 2013||Danny Duffy||15-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
|February 12, 2013||Felipe Paulino||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jordan Danks just had to wait a short while for a second chance.
The backup outfielder atoned for his baserunning blunder in the ninth inning by hitting a solo home run in the 11th that lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Monday.
"I knew that was going to be my shot to do something," Danks said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. But you got a guy throwing 97, 98 (mph), he's going to provide most of the power. Like coaches have been telling you since Little League, get something good to hit."
Danks connected with two outs off Kelvin Herrera (2-3) for his first homer of the season. The White Sox avoided a three-game sweep and won for only the fifth time in 18 tries in Kauffman Stadium.
Danks entered in the ninth as a pinch-runner. Moments later, he got caught in a rundown between third and home after Alexei Ramirez hit a tying, bases-loaded infield single with two outs.
"It makes it a little bit better, yeah," Danks said with a grin. "I told them I did it on purpose so I could come up and hit a homer."
Chicago starter Chris Sale , who spent most of the day matching James Shields pitch for pitch, said the dugout "went nuts" when Danks homered.
"That's always fun to watch," Sale said. "Emotions are high. You're tense. Someone goes up and does that, it's fun."
The White Sox trailed 1-0 before loading the bases with no outs in the ninth. After Paul Konerko grounded into a home-to-first double play, Danks entered as a pinch-runner at second base for Adam Dunn .
Conor Gillaspie was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ramirez followed with an infield single up the middle that made it 1-all, but Danks was tagged out on the play, ending the rally.
"He got caught in no man's land," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Even in the dugout, you're thinking about trying to send him. It's too late to tell him to stop. That wasn't his fault. That's on us. That's just an aggressive play. I'd rather be like that than not be aggressive."
Jesse Crain (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Addison Reed worked the 11th for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.
Shields threw eight shutout innings and handed a 1-0 lead to Greg Holland starting the ninth.
Royals manager Ned Yost said he was not tempted to let Shields work the ninth.
"Everybody has their job to do and Shields had done his," Yost said. "He threw eight shutout innings. It was a one-run game. The runs make all the difference. If it was a two-run or a three-run lead, yeah. But in a one-run game, (if) you send him out he's either going to win it or lose it. You let the closer go out and try to do his job."
Shields, who lost to Sale 1-0 on opening day in Chicago, allowed two hits and struck out a season-best nine. He walked two.
"I felt good out there," Shields said. "I felt like I had all my pitches working. I struggled early in the game getting ahead of hitters, and I gave up a couple of walks. But for the most part it was a tough battle. When you're facing Sale, it's going to be tough."
Sale was almost as sharp, going 7 1-3 innings and allowing one run on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.
"I kind of fell into a groove," Sale said. "Sweeps will kill you. James Shields was awesome, actually. But to keep our heads in the game and grind it out, it says a lot about who we are."
Alex Gordon hit a leadoff single in the first for Kansas City and scored when Billy Butler lined a double down the left-field line.
After Gordon's two-out single in the third, Sale retired 15 straight batters until Salvador Perez doubled into the gap with two out in the seventh.
NOTES: The White Sox announced that RHP Gavin Floyd will undergo season-ending surgery in New York on Tuesday. ... RHP Jake Peavy , who missed his last two scheduled starts with back spasms, is set to start for Chicago on Wednesday against the New York Mets . ... This was the makeup for the game that was postponed the previous Friday because of freezing rain. ... Sale threw 34 pitches in the first inning, including 12 to Mike Moustakas before he popped out on a 3-2 offering. ... 3B Gillaspie made an outstanding play on a hard-hit grounder by Alcides Escobar to end the fifth. ... The White Sox are in the midst of playing 15 of 18 away from U.S. Cellular Field. ... With one out in the 10th, Dewayne Wise singled but was cut down by Royals RF Jeff Francoeur when he overslid the bag at second. With one out in the 11th, Alex Rios singled but was caught trying to steal second.