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Rapid Reaction: Royals 2, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- Here’s a look at the Chicago White Sox's 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

How it happened: Both the Sox and Royals were backed by impressive pitching performances, with the Sox receiving a combined eight shutout innings from three rookies. Hector Santiago led the way, striking out eight and allowing three hits over four-plus innings in his second career start. Brian Omogrosso and Nate Jones followed suit, with Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain keeping it scoreless heading into the ninth. But Brett Myers, the Sox’s seventh pitcher of the game, was done in by a few bad pitches. Myers entered the 10th with a runner on and proceeded to give up consecutive RBI singles to Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur to put the game’s first runs on the board. Meanwhile, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie threw eight scoreless innings. The Sox eventually got to the Royals bullpen in the 10th, with Gordon Beckham's RBI single, but that’s where the rally ended. The Sox were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.

What it means: The Sox’s lead over the Tigers in the American League Central Division shrunk to 1.5 games with a crucial four-game series against their division foes starting on Monday. The Tigers were still in action Sunday in Los Angeles when the Sox ended. The Sox haven’t won consecutive games since the last week in August.

Outside the box: Jose Quintana has had three straight subpar outings heading into tomorrow’s start against Detroit. One thing the rookie left hander has worked on is coming out of the stretch. “I wouldn’t say it was anything I was doing wrong, it was more so that I was hurrying on top of I was opening up my shoulder more,” he said. “It’s something I picked up on and coach picked up on.”

Up next: Quintana (5-4, 3.68 ERA) will take the mound against Detroit’s Rick Porcello (9-11, 5.48) on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field. Game time is 7:10 p.m.