- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Dan Jennings didn’t have much left when he faced Lorenzo Cain in the 13th inning.

Cain homered to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday in a game that took nearly five hours.

The AL Central-leading Royals won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Cain doubled and singled early, then led off the 13th against Jennings (1-3) with his ninth home run of the season.

After pitching a career-high 2 2/3 innings of relief, White Sox manager Robin Ventura stuck with the fatigued Jennings for one more inning.

“I think it was pretty evident from the last inning. Guys behind me were making great plays. That’s what kind of helped fuel me the last inning,” said Jennings, who was one of five relievers used by Ventura.

Closer David Robertson was the only reliever not used.

Cain’s homer snapped the White Sox bullpen streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings.

He was looking for a slider from Jennings.

“Yeah, first-pitch slider right down the middle. Then he threw another one. And I decided to sit on the next one. Luckily he threw it. I’m glad he didn’t throw a fastball there. I just tried to put a good swing on it and it went out for me,” said Cain.

Brandon Finnegan (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings in the four-hour, 56-minute game. Ryan Madson earned his first save in three chances after allowing a single in the 13th.

“That game took a toll on both teams bullpens, so it was really important to try to squeak this one out,” said Royals manager Ned Yost as he went through seven relievers.

Jennings is counting on White Sox ace Chris Sale to help out a tired bullpen on Sunday after the two teams played a doubleheader on Friday.

“We’ll be alright. We have a day off on Monday so I think it will piece together. Sale is pitching tomorrow, right? So, I think we’ll be alright,” said Jennings.

The Royals finished with 17 hits, including five doubles.

The White Sox tied it in the ninth on a two-out, two-run double by J.B. Shuck. Royals closer Greg Holland retired the first two batters before Adam LaRoche singled and Alexei Ramirez walked. Shuck’s hit handed Holland his third blown save in 23 opportunities.

In the 10th, Cain walked and advanced on a wild pitch but was doubled off second on a flyout.

Geovany Soto just missed a home run when he doubled off the center-field wall in the White Sox 12th.

Mike Moustakas’ sacrifice fly gave the Royals the lead in the eighth after they loaded the bases with two singles and a walk against Jake Petricka.

After an intentional walk to Cain, Zach Duke struck out Eric Hosmer before Kendrys Morales drew a bases-loaded walk to score another run.

Ramirez hit a solo homer in the seventh that made it 4-all. It was his third homer and first since May 9.


The game started 23 minutes late after the White Sox honored the 2005 World Series title team during a pregame ceremony. Former manager Ozzie Guillen and former players Aaron Rowand, Geoff Blum and Brian Anderson also shared stories with season-ticket holders as part of the organization’s 10-year anniversary celebration of the team this weekend.


Royals: Manager Ned Yost said he doesn’t anticipate an imminent decision on activating RHP Kris Medlen, who rejoined the team Friday. He is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and has not pitched in the majors since 2013.

White Sox: The team is expected to add a reliever next week. Chicago has had six relievers since recalling 3B Tyler Saladino from the minors July 10.


Royals LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) will start Sunday’s series finale against Sale (8-4, 2.72).

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