White Sox drop game to Royals, 6-3


Sep 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Marcus Semien (5) makes the force out against Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) during the eighth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Kansas City defeats Chicago 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

It was another night of the starting pitching and defense of the Chicago White Sox not being on the same page, eventually ending in a 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, Thursday night at US Cellular Field.

Sep 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox just didn’t seem to be on the same page in first of four games of their regular-season series finale for 2014, and it showed.

Jose Quintana will end the ’14 season with a record of 9-11, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits and no walks in the loss to the Royals. He gave up one home run.

Quintana will finish with a very respectable 3.32 ERA this season, as his future as an MLB pitcher is bright.

Chicago finished with three extra base hits on the evening, including a home run by September call-up Josh Phegley, a two-run HR that put the White Sox ahead 2-1 in the second inning.

Marcus Semien had a triple, and Moises Sierra tallied a double in the loss. For the game, White Sox batters totaled eight hits.

For the Royals, they tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth and took the lead for good with two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth.

KC out-hit the White Sox, 14-8.

To be honest … it was just another typical night in the ’14 White Sox season.

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Eric Hosmer had three hits for the Royals, including a home run in the sixth inning, and Lorenzo Cain was 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

Kelvin Herrera was the winning pitcher. He pitched just one inning of relief, allowing two hits. James Shields started the game, going six innings, allowing three earned runs off five hits and two walks.

Greg Holland had the save, his 45th of the season.

The Royals are two games out of the AL Central lead with three games left in the season. They also have one of the two spots in the AL Wild Card and are one win away from clinching no less than that Wild Card spot.

The White Sox have three games remaining on the season, with Friday’s game starting at 7:10 p.m. ET. It will be Hector Noesi (8-10, 4.39 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (12-11, 4.28 ERA).