Following a rough start to their final homestand of the season, the Kansas City Royals proved with their latest win that they can still handle the pressure of a playoff push.
Looking to build on a comeback victory, the Royals try for a fourth consecutive win over the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.Pinch-runner Terrance Gore scored on Lorenzo Cain's infield single in the ninth inning to help Kansas City (82-67) rally from a 3-0 hole for a 4-3 win Monday.Nori Aoki had four hits for the Royals, who won for the fourth time in 10 games to remain 1 1/2 behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and move two ahead of Seattle for the second wild-card spot.Kansas City bounced back after losing three of four at home to lowly Boston over the weekend."(We were) just happy to see us get a great win in front of the home crowd," said pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson, who scored the tying run from second base in the ninth on a wild pitch while trying to steal third.The Royals, who haven't won back-to-back contests since a four-game run Sept. 1-5, face Chicago (68-82) seven times over the final 13 games. They also host the Tigers for a three-game series this weekend.Aoki has recorded four multi-hit games over his last seven contests. He is batting .475 in 10 games this season against the White Sox, who have scored 15 runs while dropping seven of eight versus Kansas City.With Danny Duffy's sore shoulder not healing fast enough, Liam Hendriks (1-2, 5.06 ERA) makes his second straight start after giving up three runs, four hits, two walks and hitting a batter over 2 1/3 innings of a 6-3 home loss to the Red Sox on Thursday."Instead of just throwing the ball, I think I was trying to aim it a little bit and make it move, and to do everything it really doesn't need to be doing," said Hendriks, who is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in five starts this season."I just need to go out there and throw it."The Australian right-hander posted a 3.66 ERA despite going 0-2 in his first three starts against the White Sox, then yielded seven runs, five hits and walked three in 2/3 innings of a 12-1 loss at Chicago while with Minnesota exactly one year ago Tuesday.Batting .357 with six runs scored in seven games at Kauffman Stadium this year, All-Star shortstop Alexei Ramirez is 3 for 9 with a triple and a home run versus Hendriks.The Royals will get their first look at Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.73), who allowed a run in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 2-1 victory over Oakland on Wednesday in his third career appearance and second start."It's a huge learning curve, it's the big leagues," the right-hander, who didn't pitch until July 12 because of a broken hand, told MLB's official website.Chicago's AL rookie of the year frontrunner Jose Abreu is hitting .400 in his last nine road games.