After brawl, Royals beat White Sox in 13

Andrew A. Nelles/APJeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox (center) fights with Kansas City Royals players during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday in Chicago. Five players, including Samardzija, were ejected after the incident.

Andrew Nelles

CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox momentarily lost their cool and then fell again to the Kansas City Royals.

A benches-clearing fight led to five ejections several innings before Eric Hosmer hit the go-ahead double in the 13th to lead the Royals to a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

With two outs, Hosmer's hit off Chicago's Jake Petricka (0-1) brought in Jarrod Dyson. Wade Davis then pitched a scoreless 13th for his fourth save, giving Franklin Morales (2-0) the victory.

That also handed the White Sox their fourth loss of the season to Kansas City, during a night in which tempers flared.

"They're just posturing on both sides and then there's just a mass of people out there," Chicago Manager Robin Ventura said. "This game's emotional, and it seems to follow them around. It's happened often enough. Everybody gets emotional and reacts to things, and that's what happened."

In the seventh, Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura snagged a grounder from Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton and they appeared to exchange words before Ventura threw to first to end the inning. Eaton had to be restrained from Ventura, who was ejected from a second straight start.

Players from both dugouts and bullpens ran onto the field and punches were thrown during a fight that lasted a couple of minutes.

"With the brawl, I respect the hell out of that team. I really do," Eaton said. "I think they play the game the right way. They have some great pitching and some good hitters over there that play the game the right way."

The play was the culmination of tensions that seemed to rise during the game and carry over from their season-opening series earlier this month when the teams combined to hit six batters. In the bottom of the fourth, Ventura hit Jose Abreu. In the top of the fifth, Chris Sale hit Mike Moustakas.

Pitcher Ventura was thrown out after the fight. On Saturday, after he allowed a three-run homer to the Oakland's Josh Reddick, he hit Brett Lawrie and was ejected.

The four others tossed Thursday were Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Edinson Volquez for Kansas City, along with Chicago's Sale and pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

"I think everyone knows (what happened). I'm not going to sit here and put my foot in my mouth or spill the beans," Sale said. "The proof is in what you guys saw, and that was about it." 

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