Rapid Reaction: Royals 4, White Sox 3

KANSAS CITY-- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

How it happened: The White Sox scored their first run off Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie in almost 24 innings. Alejandro De Aza scored on AJ Pierzynski’s RBI single in the first inning. The Sox scored two unearned runs in the second as Guthrie threw a ball away on Gordon Beckham’s sacrifice bunt attempt. Starter Francisco Liriano allowed just one base hit through four innings. The Royals scored two runs on Johnny Giavotella’s triple that scored Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur in the fifth. Liriano came out of the game in the sixth with one on, one out and slugger Billy Butler at the plate. Reliever Nate Jones surrendered a game-tying double to Butler. The Sox cost themselves on the base paths as Alex Rios was tagged out at the plate after hesitating on a ball that eluded Royals catcher Salvador Perez. And Alexei Ramirez was picked off third base in the fourth inning.

What it means: The Sox could not take advantage of Detroit's loss, and their lead remained at two games.

Outside the box: The White Sox refused to discuss a USA TODAY report that GM Kenny Williams and assistant GM Rick Hahn will receive promotions after the 2012 season. Williams tells ESPNChicago.com that any comment would detract from the on-field performance of the team.

Up next: The Sox travel to Anaheim to conclude a nine-game road trip with three against the Angels. RHP Jake Peavy (11-11 3.26 ) faces RHP Ervin Santana (8-12 5.08 ) on Friday.