Make that 11 of 12 when Alexander gave up the lead on a two-run single by
Leury Garcia, giving the White Sox a 4-3 lead.
Melky Cabrera belted a two-run home run in the eighth to answer, the Royals' bullpen finished off the White Sox in a much-needed at Guaranteed Rate Field. 5-4 win
Melky's clutch two-run homer
KC@CWS: Melky gives Royals lead late with homer
Melky Cabrera smashes a fly ball over the wall in deep left-center field for a home run, scoring Lorenzo Cain to give the Royals a 5-4 lead
Joakim Soria put the White Sox down 1-2-3 in the eighth, and closer Kelvin Herrera recorded a scoreless ninth for his 25th save, and the Royals broke a five-game losing streak.
"It was huge," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "These are the kind of wins that help stop the bleeding."
The ninth didn't come without a little drama, though.
Herrera, who hasn't had a save opportunity since Aug. 3, got two quick outs. But one strike away from a win, Herrera walked
Omar Narvaez instead.
Adam Engel, who had two triples on Friday, at the plate, pinch-runner Tyler Saladino stole second, putting the potential tying run in scoring position.
Then Yost's heart skipped a little when Engel shot a grounder headed to left. But third baseman
Mike Moustakas made a diving stop to his left, got up, and threw a strike to first to end it.
"Great play. Tough play," Yost said. "Game saver."
Yost was relieved the back end of his bullpen, so trusted for much of the season, restored some order.
"Jack came in and had a great inning," Yost said. "And Kel got two quick outs and you never like to see that walk. But he got out of it."
And as the Royals' traditional postgame victory music blared in the background, Yost acknowledged, "Good to hear that again."