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Royals 8, White Sox 2: Jose Abreu reaches milestone

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First baseman makes most of quiet game with 99th and 100th RBIs

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A followed-from-afar bullet-point recap:

*Jose Abreu reached 100 RBIs for the fourth straight season. He didn’t reach it in the most thrilling fashion — a groundout to third with the bases loaded, and one on which Mike Moustakas should have thrown home — but it’s 100 RBIs nevertheless. He’s the third player in MLB history, joining Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio, as the first player with 25 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first four seasons.

*That was the chief highlight, as the White Sox lost a Dylan Covey start. Unlike other Dylan Covey starts, it wasn’t particularly Dylan Covey’s fault. He met the minimum for a quality start, and he handled the Royals the first time through the order before the runs started coming, which is about all the Sox can ask of him.

*Jace Fry, on the other hand, hasn’t been able to tread water. He started his outing by striking out Moustakas, but he then loaded the bases with a hard single, a hard double and a walk before giving the ball to Al Alburquerque, who allowed a bases-clearing double to Whit Merrifield.

*Abreu picked up his 99th RBI in the first inning by singling home Yoan Moncada, who had reached on a single and advanced to second on a balk.

*Afterward, Danny Duffy kept the Sox in check until the seventh. He exited after allowing a walk and a single to start the inning, and Peter Moylan complicated matters by plunking Tim Anderson, the only batter he was brought in to face.

*Scott Alexander took over and limited the Sox to Abreu’s RBI groundout, with strikeouts of Moncada and Avisail Garcia surrounding it. He, Kelvin Herrera and Brandon Maurer finished the game by going three-up-three-down over their innings of work.

Record: 62-92 | Box score