The KC Royals dropped the series opener to the host Chicago White Sox, 4-2.
While the Royals offense collected nine hits and hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth with two outs (Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales), the White Sox defense robbed them of a few more hits.
There was the catch by Trayce Thompson to end the seventh with the White Sox clinging to a one-run lead and the Royals having the tying run on third base:
There was a line drive catch by third baseman Mike Olt for the final out in the eighth with runners on first and second base:
The Royals received a quality start from Johnny Cueto, who will also start the final game of the season on Sunday at Minnesota. That will put him in line to start Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Cueto allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He did allow a two-run home run to the hated Adam Eaton.
Danny Duffy followed with a scoreless seventh before Joba Chamberlain allowed a run in the eighth (a walk and an RBI double).
*In worse news, Royals closer Greg Holland will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday. He will miss the entire 2016 season.