CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox fell to the Kansas City Royals, 9-1, on Saturday for their second straight defeat to their division rivals as their losing streak reached three games overall. Here's a quick look at how it happened:
How it happened: For the second game in a row the Royals posted a five-run inning against the White Sox. This time it happened in the fourth inning after Hector Noesi appeared to be going strong through the first three innings. Noesi allowed the first six batters of the inning to reach, on a walk, four singles and an error by third baseman Leury Garcia. Garcia's error was quite costly, coming with the bases loaded and no outs. Instead of turning two on the grounder, the ball kicked off Garcia's glove and rolled into the outfield, allowing the first two runs of the innings to score and leading to a total of three unearned runs in the inning. Noesi failed to get out of the inning, while his counterpart, Danny Duffy, shut down the White Sox offense and squashed any hopes of a comeback. Duffy tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just five hits, equaling a career-high nine strikeouts and walking just one. Paul Konerko hit a solo home run in the ninth, the 438th of his career, to keep the Sox from being shut out.
What it means: The up-and-down season continues for the White Sox. After taking two of three from the first-place Detroit Tigers, the Sox have dropped two in a row to the red-hot Royals. In a division where all five teams are bunched together, the Royals have won six in a row and are trying to establish themselves as the main contender to dethrone the Tigers in the Central. Meanwhile, the Sox fall to three games below .500 and are searching from some consistency in all facets of the game.
Outside the box: The White Sox made a minor trade Saturday, acquiring Triple-A outfielder Michael Taylor from the Oakland A's for low-A pitcher Jake Sanchez. Taylor, who has played in 26 MLB games from 2011 to 2013, will report to Triple-A Charlotte.