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Royals nip White Sox on Hosmer's hit

10:11 PM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Eric Hosmer ripped a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday at Kauffman Stadium.

With the game locked at 3-3 in the ninth, Billy Butler smacked a leadoff single and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson.

Jesse Crain (2-3) retired the next two hitters before Dyson stole second and Jeff Francoeur was intentionally walked.

Matt Thornton then entered from the bullpen and Hosmer scorched the left- hander's third offering down the third-base line to score Dyson, as the Royals took two-of-three from the White Sox in this series.

Greg Holland (7-4) earned the victory after tossing a scoreless top of the ninth.

Johnny Giavotella added a two-run triple for the Royals, who have nine of their last 11 games against the White Sox.

A.J. Pierzynski and Dewayne Wise each knocked in a run in the setback, as Chicago maintained its two-game lead over Detroit atop the AL Central after the Tigers fell to Oakland earlier on Thursday.

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