Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, White Sox 3

Here's a look at the White Sox's loss to the Royals on Saturday night.

How it happened: With his pitch count stretching into the triple digits, Jake Peavy fell apart late in this contest, giving up three runs in the final two frames. With the score tied a 3-3 in the seventh, Alcides Escobar’s solo home run gave the Royals a 4-3 lead they never relinquished. (Escobar has proven to be a White Sox killer – he also hit a two-run homer in the third inning.) Peavy walked the first two batters in the eighth inning – both of whom came around to score -- before he was yanked in favor of Hector Santiago. Peavy gave up five runs in seven plus innings on the night. As was the case in Friday’s win, the White Sox showed some resilience on Saturday. Trailing 3-1 in the sixth frame, the White Sox rallied to tie the score. Adam Dunn began the inning with a solo home run and the White Sox tied the game when Dayan Viciedo tripled in Paul Konerko.

What it means: Even in defeat, Peavy’s effort wasn’t in vain. By pitching into the eighth inning, he provided relief for a White Sox bullpen that was taxed greatly in Friday night’s 14-inning win. With Cleveland’s loss in Toronto, the White Sox’s lead in the AL Central will hold firm at 3 ½ games.

Outside the box: Dunn may not have been selected to partake in the home run derby at Kauffman as part of this past week’s All-Star festivities, but his home run to dead center field in the sixth inning gave KC fans a sample of his tremendous power.

What’s next: The White Sox will turn to turn All-Star Chris Sale (10-2, 2.19 ERA) against Royals starter Luis Mendoza (3-5, 4.50).