MLB: Kansas City 7, Chicago White Sox 6

Sept. 17, 2011 at 12:17 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A one-out double by Eric Hosmer in the ninth inning Friday drove in Alex Gordon from second and gave Kansas City a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The Royals won their sixth straight and handed the White Sox their sixth consecutive loss.

Kansas City let a 6-3 lead get away in the late going, but avoided extra innings by producing a run against Matt Thornton (1-5).

Gordon opened the ninth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Melky Cabrera. After Billy Butler was intentionally walked, Hosmer hit an 0-1 pitch to left for the game-winning hit.

Hosmer also scored a run that gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead in the fifth. He came in on a single by Jeff Francoeur and Mike Moustakes followed with a two-run homer.

Chicago eventually rallied into a 6-6 tie in the eighth on Brent Morel's two-run homer.

Kansas City's ninth-inning run made a winner out of Greg Holland (5-1), who struck out two in a perfect top of the inning.

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