Royals win 4th straight as KC scores three in 9th to top White Sox

Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough (7), Alex Gordon, left, and Lorenzo Cain celebrate a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox after a baseball game on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Kansas City Royals right fielder David Lough (7), Alex Gordon, left, and Lorenzo Cain celebrate a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox after a baseball game on Friday, July 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

 CHICAGO (AP) – James Shields tossed seven shutout innings and rookie David Lough homered and drove in another run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

The Royals (49-51) have won four straight and six of eight since the All-Star break. The White Sox (40-60) have lost four of five.

Shields (5-7) allowed eight hits and walked two but faced only one real scoring threat, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.

The veteran right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.09 and has been especially effective on the road, where he improved to 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 12 starts.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana (5-3) allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings to pick up the loss.

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